Thursday, 23 April 2009

Toroa paint project

Remember to click on the images if you want a larger view.

This image clearly shows the beak head with the tack peg protruding from the lee side, there's one at each end to arrest the rig as it shunts from one bow to the other.

Ben coving internal corners (viewed from Toroa's leeward starboard hand end).

Sanded and ready for primer

Ben glassing the boom sprit end

Priming the kiato

Ama primed

Hull and decks primed

Here you really see for the first time the asymmetry of Toroa's centerboard dagger rudder slots & hull. Note the hollow in the lee (left hand) waterline.

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father Roelof Hielkema who instilled in me the willingness to learn.
These pages are intended to inform and add to the growing body of knowledge concerning the Canoe Culture of the Pacific, past, present & future, from the Tupuna, the Ancestors of the Pacific cultures to the people of the world.

These pages contain Images and text relating to our two proas, Toroa & Takapu, some history relating to our experiments & experiences.

The dissertation that I posted on this blog in April 2008 "Takapu The Proa" was written by me in 1997 in response to an assignment that I was set whilst studying for my design degree. The dissertation covers many issues that a proa enthusiast may benefit from reading about.

Waka define culture as culture defines waka

Waka reflect the individuality and uniqueness of a society which in turn is governed by the geography, geology, topography, climate, location, resources, isolation, origin, flora, fauna, flotsam, jetsam, etc.

Waka are our link to the past, they have shaped our present and define our future.

Waka are the vessels of knowledge, physical and mental development, freedom of bondage to the land, key to our inquisitiveness, expressions of our ingenuity and courage, our love of shape and form, the seat of our power.

Waka are the source of our material culture, from which all processes are derived.

Waka are who and what we are.