|The spar making/oar making bench comes together|
|A looong clamping surface is already in use|
|Nick works with a student setting up whaleboat molds|
|Nick checks molds for symmetry and correct alignment|
|The hull interior is now primed white from gunwale to gunwale.|
|John sands the primer coat, getting ready for painting.|
|Lead sheet is copper nailed between bow chocks.|
|Newt's harpoon rest, under construction|
Belaying pins were installed into the underside of the forward thwart, alongside the mast partner. These pins were used to belay the halyards when the boat was under sail. Charles turned the pins on the lathe and installed them through the thwart using wedges to lock them in place.
|Belaying pins alongside mast partner.|
Caulking will mostly be done after the interior is completed and the boat can be turned over, but Charles began the lengthy process by caulking the stems. This required opening up the joints between the plank ends and the stems, which were a bit tight is several places, and hammering in cotton caulking. The completion of the stems caulking will allow us to complete the installation of gudgeons for the rudder, once our hardware kit arrives from Mystic Seaport.
|Caulking begins along the stems.|