|Murder Cove Steam Punk|
Photo by David and Pearl
I knew, even then, that to love the world, you have to get away from it.
-- Priest from the movie, The King of Hearts
Building on Edge
Huzzah! The shopping is DONE.
All the fiddly bits that go into a vessel should - if we've planned well - be wending their way toward a Seattle barge line. They'll be stuffed into a container for shipping to Petersburg, Alaska. All fairly normal stuff, to this point.
We're building at a remote site at the southwestern end of Admiralty Island called Tyee (aka Murder Cove), about 15 miles from where we are now. A lodge is being built there, which we caretook in 2012/13 and will again, this winter (2014/15).
Points in its favor:
- Good people involved.
- Remote and beautiful, the kind of place we love to hang.
- Good protection for SLACKTIDE, handy to the build.
- Work/rent/trade/tools/materials situation, simplifies, reduces and enables finances.
- Our container can be delivered by the site owner on the same run that supplies our current lodge.
- Come winter, we'll have indoor spaces for sailmaking, cushion work, details.
- Time is no object! We won't be building 'under the gun'.
Before now, building in town has been a mixed bag.
We've been very fortunate, people-wise, in past building situations... friends who tolerate our funky ways and time overruns. BUT...
On the one hand, supplies are just down the street. On the other, supplies are just down the street! Because we don't have to plan ahead, we tend to wing it much more than we should. That means more time commuting to and fro the store, with maybe a treat or two along the way.
On the one hand, lots of great people stop by to see what's going on and talk shop. On the other hand, lots of great people stop by to see what's going on and talk shop! I'm not the kind of fella who can talk and work at the same time (or much of anything else, for that matter), so maybe a third of our time on site goes to social pleasantry.
On the one hand, there are lots of special occasions. On the other hand, there are lots of special occasions! Picnics and parties and barn raisin's and barn burnin's. Good times all, but they don't get a boat built.
So we like it in town. We love our friends. We love the good times.
But this time, we're going to take a step back...
...and over the Edge.