Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Planks are Looking Fabulous

As I visited the grey shed yesterday, it was full of activity. The plank steamer was busily softening a beautiful piece of cedar. Soon the plank was ready and the shipwrights gently shaped it around the frames on the shallop with the help of clamps. It looked like there were only two planks left to go on each side. I'm sure it will be ready for the launching on October 9th.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Planking update

The last two weeks have certainly brought some changes to the Shallop Shed.
The September school year began, and the Morse High School students went back to their “day job” of going to school. Myself and the loyalist group of volunteers, pressed on with the building of the Shallop. We faired and sanded the double sawn frames and tweaked and adjusted making ready for planking. We also began scarfing the cedar that we got from Bruce Tweedy. A young apprentice named Peter came by after school to help out as well, working on the rudder.

Sept 6th was a day off for everyone, it being Labor Day, so Tuesday we started fitting garboard planks. We hung the second garboard on Weds and I spiled the first boards. Peter, Jody and Charles all started coming in after school and on Weds morning Peter came in at 7 before school and we build a steam box. I put it to use right away and we steamed both ends of the 1st boards this week. We all ended the week on a very good note.
Will West

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Plank

The buzzing around the shed has slowed due to the students going back to classes. Many students have been back to work after school and in their extra time. Peter even came in the morning of delayed start to help. Such dedicated boat builders! Community volunteers have been filling in and are a great help in moving the project along.

The first plank was screwed into place today. The first two planks are the most difficult to fit and when they are in the planking will go much faster. The shipwrights start at the center bottom and work each side symmetrically, that way there is much less stress on the frame.

Here is a short video of the shipwrights in action.