Learning Curves 6

We finally stitched the bottom into the hull this afternoon, and all those pieces of spruce have become a singularity.  We might have cleverly taken apart a tree and made it into a boat, pieces of several trees more likely, at least it isn’t landfill.

IMG_1236 IMG_1238Here she is, cut loose from the mold, slightly foreshortened by the camera lens, and ready for the next step.  According to the bathroom scale, she weighs ~15 pounds, we will see how much weight epoxy and fiberglass add, and there’s quite a bit of planing to be done on the inside.

So far, I have filled four grocery bags with shavings.  Mostly spruce from planing the hull, a bit of white oak from the stems, and some walnut from the thwart.  Decks will be minimal, probably sassafras, some pieces I ripped for the stems that didn’t work out.  And there will be an outwale (bonus question: What did they call the gunwale before guns were invented?), possibly walnut, or white oak that I have on hand.

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About michaellangford2012

Timber framer, boatbuilder, dreamer, writer, musician; collector of books, tools, aphorisms. "There is nothing, absolutely nothing…half so much worth doing…as simply messing about in boats."
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One Response to Learning Curves 6

  1. itznu says:

    15 lbs!? that’s fantastic! Before guns, wasn’t the top strake called a “harpoon wale”? 😄

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