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    The more I see of Peter Lenihan's extraordinary generosity and general good spirited discussion going on in his whale of a thread over in Building and Repair, the more I began to feel that one aspect, the sending out into the world of the Laughing Polar Bear Caps, deserved its own tribute thread. I mean , if you want to start your day out in decent mood then reading a post or two over there is a sure fire way to do it but the caps.. well they're developing a life of their own.
    Initially as a lurker on the thread, I voiced an opinion one day which led me on to actually joining one of his 'competitions'. In my case a bung guessing competition which I managed through rum and good luck to come first equal or second in. Lo, what arrives in the post fairly shortly after but a laughing Polar Bear Cap! alla way to NZ from the little round pool in a back yard capital of the world, Montreal. ( my google earth still works)
    I've had my cap about 2 seasons or so so far and I suppose its managed a couple of thousand miles up and down and around our little cruising ground here on the North East coast of NZ... No she's no trailer queen kept away in a closet so to speak, or brushed and tucked away in a drawer or idolised on some hat stand.. a working cap this one is.

    Anyway , I think that if you're one of the fortunate few recipients ... about 15 internationally to date I do believe,then please pop a pic in here in this thread so we can maintain a database of their general locations and further experiences.

    Speculation on Mr Lemonhands actual daytime job.. probably as the Chief of an international viral marketing operation, is also welcome.

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    January 2011, preparations for the Russell Tall Ships( which it won line honours)



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    OK - only a recent recipient so not a lot of 'catwalk' photos yet - but I'm in to start the ball rolling

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    Plus they come with wood chips , thats a bit like the counter hopper at McDonalds asking "do you want frys with that"

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    My early version didn't come with wood shavings .I'm conflicted about that... the glory of the wood shavings V the customs/ border guys raid.( are wood shavings Ok across international borders provided you promise not to smoke em?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    My early version didn't come with wood shavings .I'm conflicted about that... the glory of the wood shavings V the customs/ border guys raid.( are wood shavings Ok across international borders provided you promise not to smoke em?)
    Only if they come from "certified" wood. (Requires a stamp. DAMHIKT)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    Only if they come from "certified" wood. (Requires a stamp. DAMHIKT)
    ah ha, I see there is risk involved. That makes it all the more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    ah ha, I see there is risk involved. That makes it all the more interesting.
    And exciting, no?

    Are they cedar shavings? If so, I think Chuck used to say that they were burned for ceremonial purposes in Native American (and other...) cultures. Healing and purifying.
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    I'm desperately jealous, and my bald pate glows with envy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    I'm desperately jealous, and my bald pate glows with envy
    Its a very comfortable hat. Also, being basically French speaking its totally irresistable to women ,which is why I have to make sure I'm particularly scruffy when I'm wearing it. Otherwise... well, watch out, danger Will Robinson.

    That Alan. He needs to be very careful 'ow ee uses that at ,being a happily married man an all ( like Moi).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    and , and ... what is the vessel taking pride of place in that ad !!! before sponsons no less. Peters other long lost whale of a thread.

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    Mine came with wood shavings and I only recently committed them to the fireplace. In a small house there is a limit to what you can keep. Mine will be the hat of choice for my trip over the weekend.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    ( shock , sharp intake of breath, not the fire)

    Gotta pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    ( shock , sharp intake of breath, not the fire)

    Gotta pic?
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    The box is still in the work shed with the shavings inside - I will burn some tonight, incense style & have an inhale. If you never see me again it will be because I have run away from the marital home with a Air France hostess.
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    An Air France hostess who likes reciprocating steam (I've flown Air France a few times, their "service" is lacklustre.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    An Air France hostess who likes reciprocating steam (I've flown Air France a few times, their "service" is lacklustre.)
    Like most things French - its normally all for show, but I'm not complaining, have fond memories of being 16 on a under 18yr rugby trip to New Caledonia (French controlled) that has become a legend in the minds of those that toured. Drinking age was 21 in NZ. NC it was 16, topless french school girls (16+ yrs) who thought our accent was so cute, night clubs open till dawn. We lost every game of rugby. NC French letters were not something that you posted home................ In fact there was a 'cone of silence' on that trip even today..........
    "Old boats are like teenage girlfriends: there is a certain urgency to their needs & one neglects them at one's peril"


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    Well there's certainly a little bit of flair in each one of those caps , so watch out.

    Being an inquisitive type I do recall looking for the yard and boatthatshallnotbenamed way back in the dark ages of ooo 07 or so. Not to rub it in for Sean who has lost his google earth owing to the fact that his house has moved, but I couldn't help but go back to a Montreal suburb near where our hero keeps his fine craft to refresh my recollection of the place.
    How odd I thought, as I trawled through suburb after suburb, every house has a little polar bear pool .


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    I felt bad about Peter spending so much on postage to mail out LPBCs, so I went and paid him and Simon a personal visit last October:



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    John that cap looks lonely. Do you need another deck hand, galley slave, fish cleaner or what ever.

    Mike

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    That's a good photo Mike.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    That's a good photo Mike.
    As Peter would say, the water bottle is just for scale (which, if memory serves correct, was also code for, "We ran outta beer AND port!")
    “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go -- so long as you do not stop.”
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    Yeah!

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    I gained LBPC status in the very same bung guessing contest that John B relates at the start of the thread, so I guess we are LBPC brothers.
    I have many hats and not wanting to mess up this treasure with the many bad fates that befall many good hats, it has adorned the hat hook in the hall pretty much since I got it.
    However, in the spirit of the thread, here it is on that very same kitchen table on which many of my boating projects are done (to my loving wife's enduring patience). Graced by the local brew and some lovely shavings of my own (I do not recall that mine came with shavings, but it did have a rather nice hand written note from the Great One.).

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    Not bein' smart 'nuff to win any contests I obtained my LPBC during a pilgrimage to the Cathedral du Lemonhands last year. It was a pleasure to meet the legendary Mr. Peter Lemonthumbs and his boatbuilding companion, Master Simon Bates.



    I had to apologize to Mr. Lemondigits for having wasted nearly a full day of his precious boat building time in the shed but we did share a few good stories and tall tales .

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    With the recent contests, I believe there are nearly 20 LPB cap-wearers on the Forum.

    I wear mine every day, so its not as pristine as it once was, though it is still black. My wife keeps asking," Do you want me to wash your hat?" To which I reply with an emphatic NO!!



    Here we see the LPBC in action, as I work on The Duck, a San Juan 21 that I aqcuired.



    And here aboard The Duck enjoying the results of my efforts.


    The LPBC is also featured in my recent Sail & Oar adventure







    To add a degree of seriousness, I applaud Peter's efforts in building a sense of community within our little corner of the Internet. The world of Wooden Boats can get a little heated sometimes, and Peter does great things to keep boatbuilding fun!

    That, and he's funny as hell.

    Thanks Peter.
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    Nice to see some of our caps have emerged overnight, antipodes time.
    I started out with a nice dream; There I was steering a lovely Davidson 45 footer through an opening in a polynesian reef, an Atoll really. Naturally I was wearing my Laughing Polar Bear Cap, plus some other clothes, and someone was up the rig looking out for coral heads. The water was so clear that even with 50 ft below us , you could see the shells and fish on the bottom. Then I had trouble breathing, it was like my mouth was full of moths, and I had an ache in one temple as though something was pressing into it.


    I woke up and it was just me 'at. The beak was pokin' me in the eye and the lanyard had got a bit tight around my neck. No biggy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Nice to see some of our caps have emerged overnight, antipodes time.
    I started out with a nice dream; There I was steering a lovely Davidson 45 footer through an opening in a polynesian reef, an Atoll really. Naturally I was wearing my Laughing Polar Bear Cap, plus some other clothes, and someone was up the rig looking out for coral heads. The water was so clear that even with 50 ft below us , you could see the shells and fish on the bottom. Then I had trouble breathing, it was like my mouth was full of moths, and I had an ache in one temple as though something was pressing into it.


    I woke up and it was just me 'at. The beak was pokin' me in the eye and the lanyard had got a bit tight around my neck. No biggy.
    We did this about a week or so ago.. its probably the most exciting thing I've ever done in a boat. We had 20 knots and a black squall behind us, 800 miles from home. I was on the helm and we ran the entrance with breaking seas on either side of us and a fast current against us turning the water white in the channel. It was unreal, in an unreal place.

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    I don't know what Scott is doing but it's not fixed yet.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    I will snap a pic this weekend of my prize. I save mine for my cottage/boat only and will be goine there this weekend.

    I got to thinking, there have been many reasons, not just contests for which the "crown" was awarded. In my case a helpful tip. Others a trip to the promised land. What is your reason, and for fun, what page or therabouts were you awarded?

    Great thread John.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric D View Post
    I will snap a pic this weekend of my prize. I save mine for my cottage/boat only and will be goine there this weekend.

    I got to thinking, there have been many reasons, not just contests for which the "crown" was awarded. In my case a helpful tip. Others a trip to the promised land. What is your reason, and for fun, what page or therabouts were you awarded?

    Great thread John.
    I received mine for my mast lifting stunt.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    I'm a little bit disturbed by this ' preservation' approach by a couple of our members. Brother Cogeniac with his pristinely maintained unit and now it appears, Eric.
    I believe these caps are there to be worn in fine and inclement weather ,and even exposed to the risk of being lost overboard, ... but I can see the attraction of securing the thing as an investment.

    No ,No... I can't do it.. better that it be used and driven as it was intended than placed on a pedestal. No slight intended of course , you guys will do what you think best for the cap I'm sure.
    The ambitious young guy seems to me to have a handle on the true path of the thing, but I must say knottybouyz certainly manages to demonstrate the thousand yard stare of the LPBC thinking man. Thinking about boats that is.

    That video is impressive.. would that be the first LPBC on moving fillum would you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I'm a little bit disturbed by this ' preservation' approach by a couple of our members. Brother Cogeniac with his pristinely maintained unit and now it appears, Eric.
    I believe these caps are there to be worn in fine and inclement weather ,and even exposed to the risk of being lost overboard, ... but I can see the attraction of securing the thing as an investment.
    Appears John, appears, that is the operative word in that comment. That hat has covered my scalp in the making of my sister's deck, ripping out of 2 walls in the cottage, re-plumb of the neighbor's water line and many a bonfire's have been graced by the presence of "THE HAT". I somehow feel it needs to be near or on the water which is why it is left at my cottage (which I go to every weekend). I can assure you it has salt stains from sweat, dirt marks, the whole bit. It is not a shelf sitter!!!

    I promise, pics this weekend as I have one more wall to put together and maybe even on the boat is if the darn rain would stop.


    WX, NICE LIFT!!! I forgot about that one, thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric D View Post
    Appears John, appears, that is the operative word in that comment. That hat has covered my scalp in the making of my sister's deck, ripping out of 2 walls in the cottage, re-plumb of the neighbor's water line and many a bonfire's have been graced by the presence of "THE HAT". I somehow feel it needs to be near or on the water which is why it is left at my cottage (which I go to every weekend). I can assure you it has salt stains from sweat, dirt marks, the whole bit. It is not a shelf sitter!!!

    I promise, pics this weekend as I have one more wall to put together and maybe even on the boat is if the darn rain would stop.


    WX, NICE LIFT!!! I forgot about that one, thanks for sharing.
    Gazza is the man for sure.

    I'm very glad your LPBC isn't a wallflower cap Eric, I can see the attraction of hanging it in a location where it could reside and appreciate in value with each passing year.. perhaps even frame it! but no as I said before its not in me to walk on past it without clapping it to my noggin regardless of risk.

    The world awaits your contribution to the LPBC photo record....

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    The world awaits your contribution to the LPBC photo record....
    would you believe I dropped my hammer on the damn camera?

    that is not my excuse, I was just wondering if you would believe it?! No, I flat out forgot the damn camera and half way through the reconstruction project I remembered I needed a picture, went to turn on my phone and it was DEAD, I had left it on all night. No biggie, just a quick recharge, and presto, I FORGOT to take a picture "in action" until I was all cleaned up!!!

    Well, I am off for 2 weeks so I will get one coming shortly, please, I beg for a stay of termination,
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    This is a wonderful thread. The kind of thing that makes me really happy that I come here. Thanks, guys.

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