With the whaleboats floating majestically alongside the dock outside our windows, the shop floor is, with the exception of the Bevins skiff (in for painting), completely boat free. This is hopefully a very temporary state, and definitely a highly unusual one, but it has the advantage of allowing us to spread out and actually have enough room to work comfortably.
|Our boat-free zone. A rare occasion.|
|First, oak strips are steamed for bending into hoops.|
|Bruce and Newt force an oak strip around the bending jig.|
|A bending jig in the vise with several completed hoops nearby.|
|Bruce drills a bent hoop to accept rivets.|
|Riveting the hoop on the horn of the anvil.|
|Bruce checks a riveted hoop prior to easing the edges.|
|Lee does final sanding on a completed hoop.|
We completed all of the necessary hoops in a couple of hours and were able to move on to the other propulsion related tasks.
The two beautiful sets of oars required a couple of more coats of protection, and that occupied much of the afternoon for Lee and Charles. The finish was a special concoction including 60% linseed oil, 30% turpentine, and 10% japan drier. It gives a slight sheen to the spruce oars, and affords considerable protection against the elements.
Bruce continued working on the standing rigging, including the rope shrouds. He used entirely traditional tools, materials, and techniques, and the product looks like it was projected from the 1830's in a time machine.
Meanwhile, Dan worked on the lone boat in the shop, the Bevins skiff, applying a final coat of topside paint to the hull and interior. She will be back in the water with the rest of the fleet very soon.
|The hoops, coated with Waterlux, hanging out to dry.|
|Lee works on the first couple of oars. Twelve were done in all.|
|The newly coated oars drying on saw horses.|
|Grommets spliced into the ends of shrouds.|
|Serving protects the shrouds where they sit atop the mast.|
|A newly arrived canvas sail awaits completion of the rigging.|
|The student-built Bevins skiff gets a new coat of paint.|