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Old 08-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #2311
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I did read a bit and got caught up here and so far you really did good work on that home of yours.

C'est manifinqué { it is super }

Speaking of Ferry vessels I did work on couple of them most are self concatend it mean it have it own engines to move the vessel and they can carry quite a bit of weight especaly with larger vessel mine is capable to haul much as 3500 tonnes with large flat barge with rail track { they are retactable if not using } with tugboat which I live on them for over 5 years it powered by pair of twin EMD { ElectroMoviteDiesel aka Large diesel locomovtive engine } which they are rated at 2800 SHP { shaft horsepower at prop }

But only one rules with most ferries if you have fuel tanker they will not allow any other vechiles on it for safety reason { the only time they wil extempt is if they are hauling diesel fuel or hevey fuel or empty tankers }

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Old 08-21-2010, 12:21 AM   #2312
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I did read a bit and got caught up here and so far you really did good work on that home of yours.

C'est manifinqué { it is super }

Speaking of Ferry vessels I did work on couple of them most are self concatend it mean it have it own engines to move the vessel and they can carry quite a bit of weight especaly with larger vessel mine is capable to haul much as 3500 tonnes with large flat barge with rail track { they are retactable if not using } with tugboat which I live on them for over 5 years it powered by pair of twin EMD { ElectroMoviteDiesel aka Large diesel locomovtive engine } which they are rated at 2800 SHP { shaft horsepower at prop }

But only one rules with most ferries if you have fuel tanker they will not allow any other vechiles on it for safety reason { the only time they wil extempt is if they are hauling diesel fuel or hevey fuel or empty tankers }

Merci.
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Hi Marc:

On the smaller ferries up here, when they are going to be carrying a fuel truck, they make a special run just for the fuel truck only. They actually have regularly scheduled fuel runs which do not carry other vehicles.

Do you have a picture of that vessel you lived on?
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I have to dig up one of my piles to find the photo of my vessel.

That will take couple days if not found then I know I left in Wisconsin.
{ I am in France now }

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Keith, the railing looks more beautiful with every picture you post.

I'd never heard of a Raku, but it sure is nice. And that's a great spot for it. What is it made of? Are the areas that show the colors of the sunset made out of mirror?

That's funny about the wind bending the nails.
Whew, Barb, I am glad you asked about the Raku, I wasn't going to ask what it was cause I thought I was the only one that didn't know.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:48 AM   #2315
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Well, this is odd.

I posted a reply about the Raku and it has disappeared...?

I'll try again.

The missus found this Raku up at Port Hardy in a small gift shop owned by a couple of friends we have here on the island.

Raku is a type of pottery done unlike any other. Please understand that I'm definitely no expert here, but my wife knows a fair bit about it. I am told that it is a style originally started by either an individual or a family over in Japan several centuries ago. The name, or family name, which ever it was, was - not surprisingly - Raku.

It is fired very quickly compared to other methods, with the temperature being brought up to 1,800º +- in less than an hour. I understand that most other types take from several hours to several days.

A case in point might be the terra cotta tiles which we have just got here. They are fired for many days using a wood fired kiln. I doubt the temperature gets anywhere near 1,800º for the tiles.

The item is placed into a large container - metal garbage can for instance - which contains some combustible material. The intense heat from the object instantly ignites the combustibles, and a tight fitting lid is put on the container so that the combustibles burn essentially without oxygen. I don't understand how or why this works, but it leaves a totally different finish on the item. It has a sort of rough texture to it.

We have another Raku piece here somewhere, and I just asked the missus if she knows where it is. Most likely packed away in a box somewhere. If we can find it I'll show it to you as well.
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Ahh, dummy me, I just looked back a page and there is the reply. Not very clever.

Sorry about that.

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The missus found the other Raku piece. It was a wedding gift from her sister.

Every years she uses it to put flowers in during the summer, but for whatever reason, not this year.

This shows the characteristic black finish which Raku commonly has, but the odd thing is that this one - until last year anyway - was covered in vivid colours. They seem to have disappeared.

There are still traces of the yellow, green, red and purple from when it was new, but the sudden loss of colour has us both baffled.
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Well, the missus is on a roll today. Just as she said she's stained the shingles around her studio door, she's done both sets of steps out the back of the cabin...now she's going to tackle the deck off the studio...where will it all end!
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Not only that...but yesterday she re-did the back of the generator shed and the small deck in front of it!
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Earlier today I was wondering what ya'll were doing today. I thought maybe they are resting for a change, then I thought, Keith rest, not a chance, and I was right. At the rate ya'll are going it won't take much longer to finish your home.

Ya'll got it looking great.

Keith that Raku piece is interesting, I like it looking like that, it looks kinda like a rust. By the way, you didn't scratch my table there did you?
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Earlier today I was wondering what ya'll were doing today. I thought maybe they are resting for a change, then I thought, Keith rest, not a chance, and I was right. At the rate ya'll are going it won't take much longer to finish your home.

Ya'll got it looking great.

Keith that Raku piece is interesting, I like it looking like that, it looks kinda like a rust. By the way, you didn't scratch my table there did you?
Now Jim, really, would I scratch your table? Perish the thought!

You have no idea how I wish you were right about the time to finish up here. It's still going to be some time yet.

Just have to d/l some pix and I'll be right back.
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The missus tried scraping a small piece of the narrow deck attached to her studio, but I figured at the rate she was going she might be done by next April.

So we put that nasty sanding disc to work (same kind Jim has) and in short order I was able to make some real progress.
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I guess I ought to mention that the deck wood was all chainsawed out of a log which came off our property. Unfortunately, it was full of the root rot. In this case the cone of rot went about 70' up the tree. Rather than turn it into firewood, we figured at the time that we might as well nail it down for this small deck section.

It only ever had one coat of some cheap stain we picked up at Habitat over in Nanaimo about 12 years ago.

After the sanding was done - and you're right about this being an aggressive disc Jim - the bulk of the boards came up remarkably well. We were in kind of a hurry, as the wind was starting to get up and the clouds were building.
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The missus wanted to stain the shakes on the wall, and while she was thusly engaged, I stained the crown of wood around the shower. That's the closest thing I can think of that it looks like.

She quit doing that before the shakes were quite done, and we both got on to staining the deck surface.

When the wind gets up here, we know that the rain isn't far behind. It works that way about 95% of the time. We can see the rain already over behind the first row of mountains on Vancouver Island, and the wind is coming at us from due west. It won't be long now...

Here's her shake wall...
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With both of us on the deck, we were finished just a few minutes past six o'clock. We were hoping for two hours without rain so the stain would dry reasonably well. It's an hour and three quarters as I'm typing this...
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