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First Carving: Trailboards

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Project by shipwright posted 1086 days ago 3077 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s annual pre-launch maintenance time at my shop right now and since I had the trailboards off for a coat of Cetol anyway I thought I’d take a few photos. I carved them three years ago and they represent my first attempt at carving.

Photo two shows the twisted lamination of three layers of 1/4” Honduras Mahogany that was required to fit the flare in the bow of my boat. This was trickier than the carving. The difficulty is in estimating the spring back so that the resulting twist just sits flat against the hull with no tension on the mounting screws.

The last two are just to show the non-sailors in the crowd what trailboards are and where they go on the boat.

“Friendship” is posted as a project here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37786

Thanks for looking,

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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DaleM

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#1 posted 1086 days ago

That looks really nice for a 1st or 100th carving. I’m sure you took your time with that especially after you got the curve/twist just right. Since I missed the boat project when you posted it, really, really great job on that. She’s a beaut.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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JuniorJoiner

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#2 posted 1086 days ago

I am impressed. Skill to spare, and figuring that curve itself is no easy feat.
well done

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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tdv

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#3 posted 1086 days ago

As always Paul I’m full of admiration very nice work
My best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1086 days ago

Great Job Paul I like it . A fantastic first carving.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 1086 days ago

Paul,

The carving is beautiful. Thanks for the lesson for us non-sailors, but I nearly drowned just looking at the last picture (I’m scared to death of the water).

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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larryw

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#6 posted 1086 days ago

Hey Paul, beautiful work. Your level of craftsmanship and expertise astounds me. I guess it’s to be expected from someone who spent his life building wooden boats, which I would think requires a high level of skill to execute. Beautiful carving,thanks for posting.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1086 days ago

dang you are good if thats your first shot in carving
amazing talent you have beside the skills you have gained over the years
is there something you can´t do ….LOL

thank´s for sharing

take care
Dennis

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tsangell

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#8 posted 1086 days ago

Wonderful.

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1086 days ago

I can’t believe that’s your first carving. Looks like you’ve been doing it for years.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 1086 days ago

Beautiful carving and wonderful boat. That last picture makes me wish I could have been along for the
ride, even if I would have had to hang ten on a trapeze. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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patron

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#11 posted 1086 days ago

beautiful boards there master

the sailing picture
caught my heart

my first carvings
looked like butter
on toast

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Skylark53

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#12 posted 1086 days ago

For sure, this is some exceptional work; thanks too for explaining their purpose. Beautifully done for a project close to your heart. I see why. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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grosa

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#13 posted 1086 days ago

Very nice I think it looks great.

-- Have a great day.

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BTKS

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#14 posted 1086 days ago

Cool. Having a hard time believing that was a first attempt at carving but if you say so then it is. Neat project and great looking boat.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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devann

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#15 posted 1086 days ago

That’s beautiful job makng that Trailboard. You’re quite the little shipmaker. Looks like some serious work went into making that piece. I’d be afraid of the anchor srcatching it. Thanks for the really cool pictures too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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