Sunday, August 10, 2008

Kayaks Need a Home Too!

It's been a busy summer, not as much in kayaking but in the building of a boathouse

Four years ago I acquired 8 windows from our local church. Being the Heritage & Culture buff that I am, I thought that they would look nice in a boathouse.

So, late June I started the project; it's now in the second week of August and the windows are holding the structure together.

There have been many comments from " all you need now is a bell!" to "when is your first service?"

Yesterday I finished shingling the roof and tomorrow I shall start the cedar shakes.

All in all it looks like a little church on the sea. It wasn't my intent, but that's how it turned out.

The building is only 20 by 12 feet, and a little 8 by 8 loft looking out over the eastern sea.

It sure has changed the dock area, and already it houses the PFD's, skirts and paddles.

While working on the roof, we have had many shutter-bugs stop at the cove to get me to wave for a photo shoot. I don't know what the fuss is all about, it's just a boathouse.

It's as if it's a new thing, it's just a boathouse with 85 year old church windows, but somehow it is unfolding into something real special.

While rebuilding one of the window sashes I noticed the original hand-written shipping orders that said "Reverend Bursey Burgeo". No bar code, just a dark green pencil that has lasted over 8 generations of baptisms, weddings, funerals and all that came in between.

With wood-framed glass of such vintage, one can't help but pick up the spirit of something more powerful than self.

So, do kayaks need a home to come home too?

You bet!

Nothing but the best
For the boathouse with a twist
And a foundation with a lest
@ Dorim's wharf.