Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lots of Planing

Today in the Shallop Project, the wood workers were planing the mast. They had to take the edges off to make it round so its easier for the sails to rise up and down. In order to make it wider, they had to mark lines on it so they knew when to stop planing. Another thing that was being planed was an oar, to make it was nice and smooth. They had to mark it to get it right. Lastly, the wood workers are marking the sprit to make it 8-sided and then rounded. In the rope work group, they are finishing the worming, serving, and parceling. They are trying to finish and start all of the grommets left for them to do for the boat.
Shallop Student,
Shelby Martel

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Grommets

Today we made more grommets. Some people started splicing. We had to burn the ends of the rope so it wouldn't come apart. The grommets are different sizes to go on different parts of the rigging.

Student shipbuilder, Brandon

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bridle and Sprit

Today we finished the bridle which is part of the tackle used for raising and adjusting the sprit on the main sail. Now that we are done wrapping (worming, serving and parceling) the line, we can use pine tar so we can seal it.

Justin and John planed the mast to change the width on one side from four and a half to three and a half inches. Colby Dauphin planed the sprit.

We are now getting ready for a week’s vacation.
Cody Dickson
Shipwright Student

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Seizing Blocks

This week we continued our grommeting. Others have began seizing blocks.
Kate Dube

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gluing Mast

Today we finished gluing up the mast. We glued it together because it is in 3 pieces. We started finishing the oars, which means we planed them.

Student Shipbuilder,
Jon Brooks

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Beginning the Mast

How to make a mast? First, we started with two 2 X 4‘s. Then, we sanded them. After that we put glue on the two pieces of wood, put them on top of each other and finally clamped them together. We had to use 16 clamps so the boards won’t come apart while they are drying.

Student Shipbuilder,

Cody Dickson