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Friday, December 17, 2010

Shaping Edna's Mast

Today, Apprentice Joe Green is continuing his work on planing the new mast for the Museum's bugeye, the Edna Lockwood.
Because the mast has to be tapered, lines must be taken to get the right measurements. The process has to be meticulous...and right. Logs of this size and wood (Douglas Fir) are hard to come by, so the margin for error is zero.
 The square timber will turn round in a process of taking four corners off, then eight, then sixteen, etc. until the shipwrights have the dimensions right and can sand the timber down to a nice, round finish. 

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