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Forum topic by gohei82 posted 05-15-2012 09:40 AM 1377 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 09:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak shaping tip

Just wanted to share a picture that illustrates how much labor that went into selecting the right piece of wood for a project some 70-80 years ago. My grandfather built a wood and canvas kayak when he was young, and the picture show the stem and stern of it. The Stem (the longer part) is not steam bent, but carefully selected from a growing oak in the woods, with all the work that comes with it. The only major damage after all that time of use and wear is due to the rusty iron eye bolt that has caused the wood to crack in the top. The stern has some rot in it, but I was lucky to find a matching piece of oak in my fathers woodshed.

Hats off for old school woodworking knowledge!

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 03:12 PM

old school woodworking is something I am in awe of and give mad props to those who have and can.

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 06:01 PM

I’m not trying to minimize your Grandfather’s skill, but he did it because he had to with the resources available in those days. If he knew of an easier way to do it, I’m sure he would have chosen it. I wish I had those skills. It can only make you a better woodworker even with today’s modern tools.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 08:26 AM

Guess you’re right, mabye it’s more an effort than a skill, but either way, patience is a virtue as we say in Norway, but my generation tends to live by the paraphrase patience is a virtue that takes way to long to learn.
Anyway, the meaning of this post was to show my respect for the old ways. :)

-- “Because people are dead, it does not follow that they were stupid.” – David Pye

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