I spent the previous week in Scotland, paddling with a friend. We both came back with Covid: Who knew paddling could be so dangerous? Having had a positive PCR test, I have now got to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. That now gives me 8 full days of not leaving the house while trying not to get too bored. It’s a bit cold out in the workshop to be out there so I’ll need to find something to do inside instead. What could be better than an understanding wife who will allow me to build a boat in the living room? A quick check of materials shows I have a bit of yellow cedar which will do for rails, stems, thwarts and seats, enough red cedar veneer for the ribs and planks and cotton sheeting for canvas. Luckily I have access to the form I need. I’ll be making a Chestnut CC Playmate to go with the two I already have, but maybe it will be a Peterborough CC Mermaid, or even a Canadian CC Breeze. Luckily I have access to the form and bending jigs I need. Day one: I machined up the ribs : Machined the stems which are soaked in hot water in a thermos for an hour then microwaved for about 3 minutes before being bent on the stem form. They are bent as one then split as I have found that way causes less chance of failure : Inwales are soaked in boiling water for a few minutes then bent into place on the form. These are allowed to dry and set on their forms somewhere warm until day 2 : The thwart is shaped and seat frame is made up : then drilled and caned : . . . . and that will do for today.