Shipwright’s report – January 2021 – Tim Kirk

Unfortunately, lockdown has again slowed our progress.  However with the arrival of two logs for the backbone we are in a good position finally to begin the build of the Ship as restrictions ease.

We have lofted (drawn full scale) the stem and stern posts which will enable new patterns to be taken for the underlouts (between the main keel and stem/stern).  The sections of the stem and sternpost and the logs for the keel can be rough sawn before delivery into the Longshed for final finishing.  At present, we aim to complete the stem and stern posts in two pieces – as shown in the photo below of the model that I made.

Image showing detached upper sternpost and lower sternpost attached to underlout

Because of the size of the posts (some 6m long and 300mm square in section before shaping) it isn’t easy to find exact curves on a log of suitable quality.

Hopefully this will all happen around Easter time.  In the meantime, stay safe and sharpen your axes.

Tim Kirk