|Project by Schwieb||posted 07-04-2010 10:45 PM||3707 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I’m just not savvy enough to do this as a blog although I tried. I will post a few pictures as a new project to show some progress. It has been a challenging and seductive project thus far. One begins with stripping the hull first aftter setting the shear line where the halves of the boat come together. This allows you to remove the form and finish the inside of the boat. You can only do so much and then you just have to let the glue dry overnight but it is so easy to spend a little time fairing out the finished parts of the boat with a block plane. She sucks you into spending time with her even when you should be doing something else. (Hence, seductive) The whole idea here is to bend strips of wood over a form and get them to stay in that position. I quickly developed a technique to “pre-bend” the strips with steam and clamps to make this more predictable and frankly easier to do. It goes together very slowly, one strip at a time. I counted at least 80 courses of strips. Most need to be scarfed together somewhere in the middle because the kayak is over 17’ long. Obviously you can’t have too many clamps. In his book, Nick Schade uses staples to hold the strips to the form, I just couldn’t bear to do that so I used some wild combinations of clamps. A good sharp block plane is absolutely imperative for fitting the strips.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.