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Monday, March 21, 2011

Apprentice For A Day Smith Island Skiff & Rushton Florida Rowboat at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum March 2011

Ribs or Frames for Rushton get 6 coats of Captain's Spar Varnish while it's still easy to apply
Combing's purple grain will be covered with white paint in Smith Island Skiff
John & John work on sizing the combing for SIS
Decking for Smith Island skiff will get a combing
Rushton Florida Model Rowboat needs varnish before adding ribs (or frames)
Braces keep Rushton's shape for sanding & varnishing
Mack & his friend Dan put first coat of 3-2-1 "oil" inside the SI Skiff
Mack stands for photo while Dan dips his brush for more 3-2-1 oil on SISkiff
Rushton begins to shine with a few coats of varnish
Seems a shame to scuff the Rushton with 220 grit & remove that early varnish shine

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