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Friday, March 30, 2012

Two black locust stumps become knees, breasthook, quarter knees.

Naturally seasoned and fallen black locust from Ranchland in Earleville, MD will soon be crafted into extra strong supports for the Museum's Apprentice for a Day Baker North Shore Sailing Dinghy. Thanks Rick for the donation, and for sawing the wood.

Two stumps of black locust, naturally seasoned from up in Earleville, MD from Ranchland farm. Rick Carrion has more to bring now. But for now, this wood is perfect to use for the next step in the Apprentice for a Day boat...building the knees, quarter knees and breasthook of the small lapstrake skiff.

See how the patterns for the knees match the wood? Rick explained how the wood's natural grain makes it perfect for the small 'knees' or support pieces, in the Museum's North Shore sailing dinghy now under construction
 — with Rick Carrion and Jenn Kuhn.

Detail. Black locust is strong and rot-resistant - perfect wood for building a boat and for strong knees, quarter knees and breasthooks

Rick's almost done on stump number two, which will be used for the boats breasthook.

The end result, at least for now. The breasthook pattern matches the grain of this piece of wood. A breasthook is a thick piece of timber in the form of a knee, placed across the stem of a ship to strengthen the fore part and unite the bows on each side.

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