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Friday, May 20, 2011

Working Rosie's Deadwood

The shipwrights at the Museum have been busy removing, carving, and refitting a section of Rosie's keel called the deadwood. (a wooden part of the centerline structure of a boat, usually between the sternpost and amidships)

Pattern used in duplicating the deadwood.

Marc is using a chainsaw to cut away part of the scarf joint.
Painting on red lead, a wood preservative, in preparation for the new deadwood piece.
Cutting kerfs.
Gradually cutting away excess wood and weight getting the shipwrights closer to the final shape.

Notice there are four of us carrying this piece of angelic (a Brazilian  hardwood so heavy that it sinks!)
The first fit!
Just about perfect! Good pattern making at its best.

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