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Life sucks sometimes, and you have many choices, among them drinking, television, and taking long walks at night among decayed buildings. But you know better; me too. How about spending drinking money on wood, television time on building a sailboat in a bedroom, and keeping the long walks amoung decaying buildings as a useful reminder of Mortality and the Clock?

After losing everything in a divorce except some books and some tools, and having to keep my small sailboat two hours drive away, I decided to make life better actively. You can do it too, and probably better, because I know you have more skills than I do. First, two preliminary steps:

Step A -- Create a project that is somewhat unusual. Coffee tables, bookcases, etc., will not work when life sucks. Imagination and promise of adventure are stronger cures for almost anything.

Step B (see second photo of toolbox/bench if I edited this step properly)-- Build a bench-toolbox of dimensions ~12 inches x 12 inches x 4 feet (standard lumber). The door to access tools is on the side so that you do not disturb your ass if you are sitting on the bench or the workpieces if you are working them on the bench. This is your world, this compact box will hold all the tools needed to build almost anything except the Space Shuttle. Any larger tools are merely conveniences, not really needed for your project-without-workshop. (most used tools were electric drill, electric jigsaw, hand plane (jackplane), wood chisel, wood file, Japanese crosscut saw , hammer, tapemeasure, compass-scribe, sandpaper, screwdrivers, and vacuum cleaner....you are working in your living space after all!).

Add a side vise and a hold-down vise -- both are the pure poetry of the third and fourth hands. Humanity has always desired more hands. The Japanese use their feet as hands when woodworking. The Eskimo (Inuit, Nunamiut) use their teeth. I use the hold-down vise and side vise. Write a poem about them; they will be great friends:

Steel hands on soft wood,
incorporating contradictions as they should--
how can the hard-harsh fail to dent
the soft-smooth low-friction meant
for ...

OK, I have no time for good poetry now, but you get the idea. The bench is endlessly useful for people working without proper workshops. I built most of my sailing outrigger canoe (proa) in a spare bedroom of an apartment, and parts of it in my living room, and many pieces of that on this bench, where I could listen to music, eat, and meditate over the project.

If I had a one-bedroom apartment, I could have done the project in there no problem (sleep on floor on futon, roll mattress aside, cover with dust-sheet!). The wheels hardly seen at left bottom of the toolbox/bench let me drag it around after I tilted it up by the handle (they contact the floor only when the box is tilted). Lay a cheap carpet under it to protect your landlord's property.

Get a low stool to sit on while at work. The one pictured here was once used to sit near the bathtub as I bathed my infant children. I suggest that you too have a small, useful stool, filled with beautiful memories and ready to be filled with more. But you *can* sit on it, too.

 
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Step 1: Build your boat in two pieces

The two pieces (in this case, 7 feet long each) will let you get the boat in and out of the apartment and store it in the corner or in a large closet or corner of a room. The project started briefly in the basement of my first apartment, and I can attest I carried the proto-hulls out and up through twisty apartment stairs. Each piece was very heavy (80 pounds each at end of project) because I designed foolishly, but I am a weak 48 year old English professor, and if I can do it, you can do it.

The hulls will bolt together at their flat "transom/bulkheads" to create a 14 foot skinny outrigger canoe hull. The outrigger float seen to the left was a crazy attempt (ceased at the moment of completion, sort of like mediocre sex) at a somewhat native concept of a neutral buoyancy ama (float) but not a good idea for a solo sailor on a small boat (scaling a design up or down changes the physics of its behavior -- or rather...well, everybody seems to know physics on this site, so you know what I mean).

You see rub-strips on the bottom of the hulls. I adzed off the bow rub strips later because they were way overdone and the planling is very thick anyway, but you do need to protect the edges of plywood from being exposed. I now recommend thin-but-tough rub-strips built up with layers of fiberglass or even gobs of chopped fibgerglas plopped on in epoxy and later faired. Using graphite-epoxy from waterline down is also better than painting, I think (slippery tough coating but still has UV protection from the graphite).

The two hull pieces stand up on their flat ends and look like the wondrous towering architecture of fantasy. Sit 15 feet away, drink the relaxing beverage of your choice, and let the mind go where it will.

I used marine plywood nailed to heavy lumber with bronze ringnails sealed with polysulfide rubber-goo. You can do it better than this (read books on plywood boat building) and thereby make the hulls lighter. A skin-on-frame design may also be good (coated ballistic nylon skin is very tough), or strip build if you have the patience (I didn't). Or buid flatter parts with plywood, and the rounded botton with strip-technique, perhaps best of all, and faster/cheaper than all-strip-building.

Important note -- I had no plans -- the boat went from brain-to-wood with a few scrap-paper sketches in between. You must do this too; the Cure will not work, otherwise.

Step 2: Assemble the painted hull, and admire, then forgive yourself

Observant but polite readers will have noted silently that the assembled boat is odd and ugly in some ways. Though the waterflow-lines are fair curves up to a little above the waterline (~8 inches), thereafter the hull rises to become seemingly two long-thin triangles joined at their bases, insulting to the gods of hydrodynamics and boat designers. However, when shoving the disassembled hulls into small truck, small SUV, or small stationwagon, the hulls, when reversed, nest very closely together because mathematics prove that reversed triangles, er, nest together.

True -- occasional waves sweep the sheer line of the hull and create vortexes (=bad) as they flow by, reducing hull efficiency. Think of it as a bow to the universe in humility -- the only perfect things are subatomic particles and some crystals that grew under great conditions. All else is flawed. You have plenty of problems, so don't worry about this one so much. You will have a boat that works.

On the other hand, you, dear reader, could do better. The space-savings are not too great with the triangle form (unless you have a compact stationwagon....?). You can create fair curves over the entire hull and have a better looking boat than mine. To do so, do this: build the boat in one piece if you have the room, install the central bulkheads with a tiny gap between (just engough for a saw blade), drill the bolt holes, then saw the hull in two between the bulkheads. This is a trusted method, and other authors discuss it.

Note the heavy canvas spread on floor to protect the landlord's hardwood floors. Landlords look for reasons to keep your security deposit. Don't give her/him reasons! The money you get back can go toward your next boat.

Step 3: Build ama (float) poorly so that you can get to the water soon!

In step three you have noticed that the project has taken too long. Perhaps like me you have worked furiously during some weeks, and then gone for weeks with hardly doing a thing. Two years have gone by since you started, you are in your second apartment, the divorce lawyer has invented new ways to take your money, and you have engaged a child therapist because the ex-spouse is messing with your children's minds (an insidious crime now popuilar enough to be given a name -- "parental alienation syndrome" -- and would deserve a future 'instructable of diagnosis and defense' if this excellent web site were also devoted to solving social issues as well as engineering issues) .... and Death has visited. Life still sucks but could be way worse because Death only leaned into my doorway, then paused to think about what to do with me.

I like the way Tristram Shandy postponed Death (in both the book and the film of that name); when Death visited me in the form of a stroke (TIA) I was not given any warning. I couldn't say, "I haven't finished my boat yet; I have a novel in progress, you could come back later if you want." I couldn't speak at all in the paralysis, or I could, but it sounded like Klingon, I'm told. So I thought very, very loudly, 'OK, here's one: the tax year is ending, and I owe the federal government a lot of money.' Death nodded and said telepathically, 'Later, then.' Death speeded the ambulance to a hospital that had recently adopted TPA therapy (get a list of hospitals that do, and always go there), and here I am typing this. Science, I love you!

So at year 2, fill in your own specific issues, and then admit that you really want to get into the water NOW. The ama (float) remains. Amas ought to be graceful, but build a pointy box, which is easy, try the boat, and start building a better ama later. Here's the junk ama in process; it held my weight when I sat on it in the water, which can be useful. I filled it with pink-foam blocks in case it was swamped (decking over would take too much time for a junk ama).

Step 4: Pack up!

You have no trailer because your dory is sitting on it at mom's house in New Hampshire. Also, the same landlord who is snooping around because he (or she) thinks you are building a boat on her (or his or their) hardwood floors also won't let you (or me) keep a trailer anywhere. Tow trucks cruise the lots seeking wheeled things parked in spaces that don't belong there (the cars, I mean; avoid vague pronoun reference).

Life is compartmentalized, especially in New England where somebody (perhaps the same 17 people) owns everything. Each square yard is the province of a landlord, an owner, the State, and I include chipmunks and birds. That's why we have voices: the first sounds produced by living critters meant, "Hey- that-mine!" -- rather like all spaces on which lawns grow in English towns. If you walk on English town lawns, people come out of guard shacks and yell at you. That's how they keep unemployment down.

What to do? Design a boat that stores in your own square-yard of space, be it your closet, room or vehicle with the rear seats folded down.

Since this photo, I bought a Ford Focus and am now in deep trouble for boat transport, but a break-in-two boat at least allows you to buy the cheapest, smallest utility trailer, and, in fact, some models fold up, and yes indeed, can also be stowed in an apartment! There's nearly always a solution if you relax and think about it. If you built a light boat, you can get it on the roof, but I think you will find that a trailer is slightly less bother if you can store, especially if you can store the boat on it. This reduces set up time, which can be critical if you have only an afternoon to sail. Trailers are not always the problem; it is one's attitude toward trailers that it is sometimes the problem.

Step 5: Unload

The basic boat in 2002 looked like this (first day at the water). I only paddled it the first day to get a sense of its dynamics, having never been on an outrigger before. But I was too absurdly happy to make any useful observations other than that I was happy in a boat I had designed and built myself. On later days I added sprit rig, then standing lug rig, and finally a shunting Polynesian crabclaw rig.

Today is Father's Day 2002 (though it could have been Mother's Day in your own life); perhaps your ex-spouse thoughtfully took kids out of town today. You wanted to bring them with you -- you will not accomplish many things in life if you have an imagination to imagine those things. So, stay focused on two triumphant hours today during which you paddle your first boat.

For as long as you use this boat, interested strangers will come over and ask you many questions. Most are truly curious and admiring -- they will make you feel better. A very few are condescending bordering on insulting (they usually are men with beards, baseball caps, and powerboats towed by Hummers or near equivalent). These combined events will instruct you about statistics.

Step 6: Improve the design

The boat is yours, and you are free to drill new holes, saw things off -- anything! Gods feel this way when they create worlds and then alter the course of history. Improvements are always possible and easily doable, which is the joy of designing your own wooden boat. My engineering philosophy is to design while I build, so that the boat will never really be done, though it will reach plateaus of done-ness. Note to undergraduates: if you want to become a commercial engineer, use a different philosophy.

I lightened the boat by sawing the top two inches off, cutting out solid wood not necessary for strength, and etc. Then I added decks and other stuff (leeboard, hatches, bigger sail rig, and a heavier ama that added weight back. Oh well).

Here you see the required weight-reduction phase done over the winter starting year 2 of boat use (three years since project started). You perhaps have purchased a tiny but useful house after the third year of the life-crisis, and it has a garage and basement, and you can build even an alternative energy power core and not worry about landlords any more. Life doesn't suck all the time, you start to think. And if Death awaits, It has not come today.

Step 7: Sail the next version on a local lake

This was actually version 2.1. Version 2 almost killed me but see that story by googling "My Bloody First Day with the Crabclaw" on the Proafile Magazine. Version 2.2 uses a modified Polynesian style rig but the mast stays fixed rather than tilts on each shunt (Harmen Hielkemma's design: read books and web sites about all this, no time here today and not important for The Cure); that way, when the boat capsizes, the mast stays there and slows down the ama that wants to turn a complete arc and hit you on the head. On a good day the boat will even float a minute with the float in the air, held at 90 degrees by the wooden spars in the water; excellent! You see the detached leeboard (also is a windwardboard) (central hull attachment, swings fore and aft for steering and trim and shunting adjustments), and please note the more graceful looking ama (float). The sail is "brailed up" for securing at shore, but is also a wonderful thing when 20-25 mph winds threaten your afternoon in choppy sea, and you need to calm down a little.

Step 8: Go to sea

Enough with small lakes. Life should not be a lake, although I understand that many people will disagree with me; no insult was intended. But go to sea (here New Haven, Connecticut, coming in), return to the fluid whose chemical composition bears striking similarity to your own.

When you push off with miles of open water in front of you, you may feel, as I did, that you have pushed off into a new world. This could be space itself, for you are detached from continental geology. I was scared the first time, even though I worked one summer as a mate aboard a charter fishing boat, and have in general been on many boats, have scuba-dived, etc.

A large powerboat does not contain The Cure. It has to be all wind, water, and wits. Be a little vulnerable -- small sailboats are good at making you feel that way. Be a little scared sometimes and admit it; that helps you be reasonable, helps you measure things; that's part of life. Life is good sometimes. --WT
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Mastros1 year ago
The best piece I ever read here.
I liked your style, and the side comments on life, boats, and everything. Or, perhaps I felt that I have met a man of my age, and I knew what you are talking about, a rock in the sea, treating wounds with wisdom and humor, and riding above them and the waves of troubles.
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Todd Gehris2 years ago
Nice Job! The comment about guys with powerboats and Humvee's made me laugh.


dimtick3 years ago
Wow. this is like straight out of Gilligans Island. The Professor would be so proud!!!! I actually really mean that as a compliment so i hope your not insulted.
i think you could sleep easy knowing that should you ever find yourself on a deserted island that you could get yourself back to civilization.

NICE JOB!!!!!!!
triumphman3 years ago
I felt the same way as you when I built my pumpkinseed kyak ! So I put it on the Instructable site. It is so light and easy to transport too. The original design was meant to fold flat, but I opted for rigid internal ribs. I screwed them in place. Saves time and is much safer on the lake. I had it collapse and sink one time! So I fixed that problem. I also added insulating foam, sprayed into the bow and stern section from 1 can of spray foam. I quick and inexpensive way to avoid the Titanic syndrome. Love your story for each step. I can relate, I have had a similar experience. But now found the right woman who is an Angel and has saved me from many vices that could have put me in a very small place for a very long time! Canoeing, woodworking, Leathercrafting, knifemaking, Organic Gardening, a 19 year old daughter (college sophomore) and running this Ranch (home) and much more, keep me active, healthy and happy. Keep up the good work. I'm rooting for you! Seek Peace. Triumphman.
Your awesome. Way to inspire a dude to do scrap-boat on their day off!
Steelsmith13 years ago
I want to thank you for both our article and your "Bloody First Day" writing. I got Gary Dierking's book, and your writing has convinced me to go #1 with his simplest design, use a tacking rig at first, go out on a not too windy day, and take a competent friend with me till I learn the boat. The tendency is to want the hottest boat first. Experience and and my limited wisdom tell me to go with what will be the most likely to give me fun and let me learn how to sail a new kind of boat!
You are an entertaining author. Obviously you chose the right profession. I would imagine you inspire and entertain your students.
svensv4 years ago
An excellent read - I find your path to dealing with life-lessons far more valuable than how to build a two-piece triangular boat. It's been a few years, I hope the Cure has continued!
Wade Tarzia (author)  svensv3 years ago
Thanks. The Cure is continually operational!
zigzagchris4 years ago
Glad u found fun in the sailboat. Iv been trying to find a way to learn to sail for a bit. We apparently look at the same ocean as im a ct-er too.
Wade Tarzia (author)  zigzagchris4 years ago
I hope I see you out there sometime. I usually push off from New Haven's Lighthouse Point city ramp.
ya im a bit closer to RI. Im considering giving my kayak sails at the moment
emedina944 years ago
Is this boat seaworthy? Can i take it out on the coast of Southern California and fish with it? More importantly, anyone think i could sail to Catalina Island and back?
Wade Tarzia (author)  emedina944 years ago
Complex answer required. A sailor's skill and luck provides a lot of seaworthiness. That being said, I would say no. This boat can be taken out a few miles off the coast, sure. If you installed good watertight chambers, then it can survive a knockdown. If you are in good physical shape and have some skills, you can right this boat from a 180 degree capsize with some effort. But it will never be seaworthy like a commercial monohull sailboat, with self-draining cockpit and a ballasted keel or centercoard making the boat self-righting. My newer outrigger is a better boat, but In salt water I wear a serious lifevest packing a strobe light, a flare gun, and a Spot locator beacon, and the boat carries more flares and a VHF with GPS-DSC distress call. My friend sitting with me here me now has sailed out to Catalina and tells me there can be serious chop out there. I would want a much longer sailing canoe for that, at least 18-20 feet.
fatcharlie4 years ago
Wade - I hope in the ensuing time since you posted this that you have still been experiencing the wonders of sailing! Fantastic instructable - puts me in mind of 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' - not so much a 'how-to' but rather a 'why-to'. Thanks.

Suggestion re. trailer - make a small, road- wheeled cradle to fit the centre section. Rather than taking the halves apart, hinge them at the gunwale level between the two centre bulkheads. When you fold it in half, with the cradle attached to the downward hull, you have a long, thin, box-trailer.

Thanks again for your humour and insight. Keep well :-)
Wade Tarzia (author)  fatcharlie4 years ago
I built a second outrigger that improved on the first. See my most recent instructable about that, and some Youtube footage of it sailing. Now that I own a small house with garage, I am able to keep this boat on a good trailer, but my quest to build a 24 foot sailing outrigger will again bring me back to a sectional boat, Gary Dierking's Wa'Apa canoe, and the last 8 feet of it will probably be hinged so that I can fit it in my garage. Thanks for your kind words!
DAG10304 years ago
 I read the first day with crab claw. Excellent!...perhaps I should be working instead of dreaming about finishing the sail rig for my canoe...Oh well, it's almost summer and my students are slacking anyway...

What made you decide to use a crab claw? Was it merely the allure of the pacific proa? Is shunting awkward? I'm considering using a lateen or leg of mutton, but have considered the crab claw.
Wade Tarzia (author)  DAG10304 years ago
The crabclaw sail and more importantly the "crane rig" of a shunting crabclaw relfected my desire to experience a different way of sailing that some Polynesians invented -- a very nonwestern mode of changing a sailboat direction. The mode is suited to the materials and sailing mission (if you will) of the Pacific outrigger or "proa." There is a good Wikipedia essay on the proa. 

This rig does have some advantages, though for making frequent tacks especially in a narrow body of water, the extra time taken for a shunt (contra a tack) is not useful.  In larger rigs, shutning a crabclaw is best done witgh at least two experienced crew. The large heavy rigs of traditional Micronesian proas for instance really require three experienced crew to make the practise safe in rougher conditions, so you see its problem for the solo sailor.  My next outrigger went back to the western style rig you see in my mewest instructable.
 Thanks for the response. Here in the western part of Texas, our lakes are fairly narrow. They are rivers or creeks dammed up in canyons. I was considering a shunting rig for my canoe, but I couldn't get past the idea of having to shunt very frequently due to the sizes and shapes of the local lakes. 

rowerwet5 years ago
sailors aren't the only ones to find peace in a boat, I row and paddle and find both of them as rewarding even if they require more effort. Of course most of my paddling is done withing 30' feet of the beach on a surf kayak, so it isn't relaxing as much as exhilirating mixed with moments of terror.
Wade Tarzia (author)  rowerwet4 years ago
Yes, some of the best adventures can be had not much further than 30 feet to a mile from the coastline.  Look at Matt Layden's tiny live-aboard boats for example (the Enigma, Paradox, Sand Flea, and his newest Elusion -- go to www.duckworksmagazine.com) or the Everglades Challenge race (www.watertribe.com) .  Or Tim Anderson's sailing canoe adventures (www.robot.mit.edu).   All possible on small-ish budgets! 
bentm4 years ago
"Create a project that is somewhat unusual. Coffee tables, bookcases, etc., will not work when life sucks"  

Hilarious!  There's nothing like a large, "inappropriate" indoor project for hitting the big red Reset button on a ruined domestic space.  And the boat looks awesome.   
Wade Tarzia (author)  bentm4 years ago
It's my personal philosophy, but I think it might be generally applicable!
Peebie34 years ago
Wade, I enjoyed your instructable very much.  You're a gifted writer, I hope you finish that novel as I'd love to read it....this wonderful world is waiting!
Wade Tarzia (author)  Peebie34 years ago
Thanks. I'll be working on the writing and a new boat this summer.
Gksarmy4 years ago
Wow...you have a beautiful writing style and the project itself is absolutely incredible. I'm VERY tempted to attempt this now...after my next project haha
Wade Tarzia (author)  Gksarmy4 years ago
I'm glad you liked it.  Break-apart boats can be made much better than this first attempt at mine, though the cheapest and most reliable connection is indeed the simple bolts.  Advice. Build the hull in one piece first, install the transom/bulkheads, then saw the hull in half . Or buy Gary Dierking's book "Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes" or plans for the Wa'Apa sailing canoe (in three 8 foot section, or take out the middle section for a 16 footer). That is your best bet.
woodNfish4 years ago
 I've never heard an outrigger called an "ama".
Wade Tarzia (author)  woodNfish4 years ago
'Ama' is the standard term for the "outrigger float" part, among outrigger groupies and technogeeks. The main hull is often called a "vaka."   The cross-beams are "aka/akas."  All from some group-processed conception of some Polynesian words. 
abe6024 years ago
I would still like to know how Jethro on NCIS gets his boats out of the basement!  If anyone knows please post it.  BTW...Great Article!
It's not as difficult as you might think to get a boat out of a basement.

1. Determine how  large the opening needs to be to get the boat out.

2. Assess the basement and its configuration in relation to the street side of the house.

3. If the wall closest to the street will allow an opening large enough then you would first shore up the floor and wall from the inside.

4. The next and most important part of the process is to excavate a ramp down to the basement wall that was shored up.

5. Last you would cut an opening in the basement wall and pull the boat out and up the ramp.

Pretty simple.

Jetho gets his boats out in little pieces then burns the pieces in his backyard!

e.tingle abe6024 years ago
he has built the boat a few times. he does not get the boat out he is just building it as a hobby.
blodefood4 years ago
The flat bottom  makes it look like a narrow version of a bateau.  Cool design.
katmckee4 years ago
I have read the intro and am inspired!!  Thanks for doing such a big positive great instructable in midst of other stuff!
bigdeee5 years ago
That is the greatest escape vehicle I've yet seen! Excellent job and thanks so much for sharing.
smp105 years ago
Your article was so right on, especially with the philosophical musings that tend to accompany such unique endeavors, particularly when undertaken alone. I spent many years creating various "homebuilt" projects in apartment kitchens and living rooms, furtively vacuuming up sawdust before nosy landlords became aware of my activities. For some reason, building a boat - any boat - endows one with an aura of adventurous rebellion, a devil-may-care rebuttal to the mundane, and a sense of smug satisfaction not to be had from building shelves or garden planters. I am currently blessed to have a garage large enough to build a 10' lapstrake wherry, and find my refuge in that project. Thanks so much for your article.
Wade Tarzia (author)  smp105 years ago
I hope you publish and instructible about it. Yes, nothing like boats, airplanes, and rockets for inspirational projects!
jtharkness5 years ago
I laughed so hard I became oxygen deprived. My stomach convulsed so much I must have completed the equivalent of 300 situps in as many seconds, and herniated my diaphram in the process. In short, this 'journal nautical' was inexhaustively - unrelentingly - hysterical. You deserve a storybook award for this.
Wade Tarzia (author)  jtharkness5 years ago
Thanks. I have a sabbatical this fall to get work done on some writing projects, one of them a humorous self-deprecatory nautical autobiography to be titled _In Search of Tim Severin_, perhaps you'd like it if I finish it ;-) 30 pages written so far. You might also enjoy My Bloody First Day with a Crabclaw, posted online on Proafile Magazine. In Search of Tim Severin will be a little like that. -- Wade
Wade Tarzia (author) 8 years ago
Comment to myself: this is the best use for an SUV that I can think of. I wouldn't ordinary own such a fuel-inefficient vehicle but my sister gave me this her old truck when I was down and out (and my fuel efficient Saturn was burning lots of oil); thanks Sis! However, I put its 18 mile per gallon to good use during sailing season, and had fun in some major blizzards besides. The proa as built was/is rather too heavy and clumsy for carrying on a car roofrack, though I think the hull parts would squeeze into a compact stationwagon, and the rig and ama/akas could easily go on the roof. But I suggest you build a lighter version that *would* go on a car rooftop. If you can store/build the canoe in some other place besides your bedroom, build the hull in one piece. Anything up to 18 feet long is roof-top-able, like any standard canoe or kayak. Build in 1/4 inch plywood with reasonable scantlings, strip-building, or skin-on-frame, the main hull ought to come in from 70 to 125 pounds in the 14-to-18 foot lengths. Skin-on-frame is a desirable method to explore for this craft!
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