First Carving: Trailboards

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Project by shipwright posted 04-30-2011 02:29 AM 5140 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:

Thanks for looking,


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 02:39 AM

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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#2 posted 04-30-2011 02:52 AM

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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#3 posted 04-30-2011 03:06 AM

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

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

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 03:21 AM

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

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#5 posted 04-30-2011 03:21 AM


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).


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 03:30 AM

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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#7 posted 04-30-2011 04:05 AM

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

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 04:48 AM

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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#10 posted 04-30-2011 04:50 AM

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 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 04-30-2011 05:00 AM

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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#12 posted 04-30-2011 05:18 AM

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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#13 posted 04-30-2011 05:59 AM

Very nice I think it looks great.

-- Have a great day.

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#14 posted 04-30-2011 07:13 AM

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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#15 posted 04-30-2011 11:15 AM

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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