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Blog series by GnarlyErik updated 09-01-2017 10:10 PM 4 parts 8388 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Cumshaw Artists, The Thrill of the Hunt and Treachery

03-23-2014 10:04 AM by GnarlyErik | 5 comments »

During my time in the Marines we called them ‘Cumshaw Artists’. The term refers to a person adept at ’procurement’., i.e., good at acquiring needed items, be it legal or otherwise. Best not to ask Cumshaw Artists where or how they obtained their stuff. The less one knew the better and sources and methods were better left unknown. You simply accepted that Cumshaw Artists had their sources, ways and means. Most military men admired good Cumshaw Artists, and an elite few were legendary throughou...

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Part 2: Snark, and then some . . .

08-10-2014 09:27 PM by GnarlyErik | 7 comments »

Years ago I was doing some work on a boat at a marina. The marina’s owner was a gnarly old Norwegian (full disclosure – I am a first generation son of a Norwegian) who always had a traditional old school cold Norwegian lunch each day, just as my own father did. This usually consisted of a few bites of cheese and bread and perhaps some leftover meat, and fish, especially the smoked kind, or something in the herring line like sardines. For some reason this guy – who was als...

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Part 3: How the Germ of a Little Idea Becomes an Entire Fleet of Little Boats!

08-30-2015 10:49 PM by GnarlyErik | 6 comments »

My daughter asked recently if I recalled the little ‘Note-In-A-Bottle’ ship I made for her when she was about seven. Like I could ever forget how thrilled she was when we actually heard back from it! It was a little ‘ship’ about a foot long rigged with a weighted keel underneath to keep it upright and a mast with a small sail to move it along with the wind. We mounted a plastic medicine bottle on top with her handwritten note inside. It was placed in the ocean off s...

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Part 4: Play it Forward!

09-01-2017 10:10 PM by GnarlyErik | 3 comments »

When I was a kid around seven or eight, entertainment choices were a lot slimmer then than now. Like many boys back then, I would gather a few scraps of wood, ‘borrow’ my dad’s hammer, get my hands on a few nails and ‘make’ something. No design, just start nailing things together with a decidedly nebulous idea of what I was actually making. But, everyone has to start somewhere right?. Today it seems that many kids that age are obsessed with iPad and computer g...

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