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2317 West Fairview Avenue
Spokane, WA 99205
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2. Building Tip - More on Miniatures by Ted Behne
News From Movie Land
Casting Call! Attention All French Voyageurs
Do you have the taste for adventure?
Are you a nature lover, an amateur historian, a backwoods explorer?
Are you looking for a totally unique experience?
Whenever possible, our modern-day 'Voyageurs' will navigate the same rivers, paddle the same lakes, follow the same portage trails, live off the land and dress as the very first voyageurs did. Each day, they will travel an average of 40 to 50 km and camp at night out under the stars.
A Selection Committee will choose fifteen (15) finalists from among eligible candidates. Those chosen must undergo a medical exam and a criminal record check. Finalists will then participate in a training camp, during which experts will teach such necessary skills as canoeing technique and environmentally conscious wilderness survival. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the life of the Voyageur, as they will be expected to model Voyageur habits and customs - style of dress, food and so on.
These modern voyageurs will bring the echoes of the past to life and commemorate history in all its authenticity and magnitude!
2. Minimum 18 years of age
3. Good level of physical fitness and ability to swim
4. Various outdoor experience
5. Interest in history, and/or willingness to challenge oneself, seek adventure
6. Desire and ability to dedicate oneself for a period of at least 3 months (ability to be absent from personal and professional life for the duration of the voyage)
b. Passion for Canadian history and geography (especially for the history of the Voyageurs)
c. Good communication skills and an ability to explain historical and technical information to non-experts
2. A recent photo
3. A letter that includes the following:
A self introduction that describes your personality
What motivates you to take part in this adventure and why you think you should be chosen;
Any expertise you may have or keen interests in areas essential to the expedition; (for example: I am a meteorologist who can read weather patterns)
Other assets that you would bring to the adventure: (for example: being an historian, a geologist, a chef, an athlete, a musician or a passionate outdoors person)
For questions you can e-mail Gabrielle Touchette at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some slight changes on the Consignment Page. Check it out.
Building Tip - More on Miniatures by Ted Behne
Creating the 1/4 Scale Building Platform
The last issue outlined some of the preliminary steps in making a scale model birchbark canoe. Selecting a canoe was discussed including the importance of carefully reducing its dimensions to accurate scale. A procedure was presented for preparing a ¼-scale "blueprint" of any of the canoes depicted in the Adney and Chapelle book, "The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America."
This article will deal with how to make a quarter-scale building platform that can be reused over and over with many different styles and sizes of model canoes. As with all other aspects of building model canoes, a building platform should be made just as it would be for a full-size canoe, using the same materials and the same techniques, only scaled down to smaller size.
A full-size building platform consists of wooden planks, about two inches thick, at least a foot wider than the canoe to be built and several feet longer at each end. It is crowned up to two inches higher in the middle than at the ends, to help control the amount of rocker in the finished canoe. A full size platform is typically about 20 feet long and about four feet wide. Reducing the dimensions for a quarter scale model yields a model platform that is five to six feet long, about one foot wide and a half-inch or more thick. Suitable pre-cut lumber can be found in the shelving area of Home Depot and most other building supply stores.
To make my model platform portable, I fastened it to an extra tall sawhorse that I built especially for the purpose. I screwed down one end of the platform to the sawhorse, then positioned a 3/8" dowel, widthwise, (more about this later) under the exact center of the platform before I screwed down the other end. The resulting building platform is slightly crowned in the middle, which helps to control the amount of rocker in the finished model. I made the sawhorse extra tall to work either sitting on a stool or standing up.
In a full-size canoe, stakes are pounded into the ground to hold the bark upright while it's being lashed to the gunwale. With a model, I use 3/8" diameter dowels as "stakes." I drill slightly larger holes into the building platform and insert the stakes into them to hold the bark in place.
I buy 3 ft long, 3/8" diameter rods at Home Depot and then cut them up into the various lengths I need to hold the model in place. The "stakes" at the bow ends are about 8" long and the ones nearer the center are about 4" long.
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