This week has been so much sanding and varnishing. Everything is looking really shiny right now!
Jack sanded and varnished the Grand Craft, the Utility, and the motor box and transom of the 26' Sea Skiff. He also completed the caulk lines on the deck of the 26' Sea Skiff and wired the dash of the Barrelback. (Check out the time lapse in the previous post!)
Nicholas stayed busy installing the running gear on the Grand Craft and the Double Ender.
Isaiah removed hardware from the Cape Dory, and sanded the Lyman, hatches for the Barrel Back, deck pieces for the Celebrity, and seats for the Lyman. Brady sanded and varnished the 18' Sea Skiff, the engine boat for the Ski Boat, and pieces for the Barrel Back. The Utility also got a nice coat of varnish and is enjoying a good bake in the sun.
In addition to his strict supervisory duties, Gary has been caulking the deck of the Ski Boat and wiring the dash light for the Barrel Back. He's also been seen sanding here and there.
Coming up, we've got the Maker Faire in Burlington on April 13th (see link below). Gary plans on bringing the beautifully finished Square Stern and the beautifully unfinished International 12. He'll also be doing a demonstration on an aspect of his craft. Come out and see local makers, if you can! Tickets are free at the door.
We had a delightful open house last weekend with about 40 wooden boat friends. Thanks to everyone for coming out and special thanks to ACBS of Raleigh for choosing our shop to host your meeting. Great to see everyone from ACBS Smith Mountain Lake Chapter, as well!
Enjoy some photos from the day, and keep a look out for a video about Brushes and Brushing Techniques coming soon!
Jack tapes and caulks beautiful lines on the 26' Sea Skiff
This has been a week full of sanding, varnishing, and steam bending!
Here is the crew discussing the procedure of steam bending the ribs of the International 12 (originally built in Japan).
We also installed the gauges on the Barrelback, and they are beautiful!
Nicholas has been deeply engaged in the slow, arduous process of hand shaping planks for the Continental.
We've also got some beautiful brass hardware set into the Double Ender.
This week has been more moving and organizing than we would like (when can we just get back to playing with boats?!) However, progress has been made!
Remember to come see for yourself during our open house next Saturday the 23rd from 1 to 4 PM.
So aside from organizing and preparing our space for your perusal, Nicholas has been doing some serious board prep for the Continental and tweaking the steam bender as needed (see video in previous post). He's also spent some time giving the Celebrity a good sand-down.
Jack has been finishing up the engine boxes and applied some varnish to the deck of the 26' Sea Skiff. He also applied white caulk to the deck lines of the Ski Boat and prepped the Barrelback for a final coat of varnish.
Isaiah added another coat of floor paint to the Grand Craft, painted the Ski Boat engine box, stripped pieces of the Lyman, and completed some detail work on the Double Ender.
Brady sanded and varnished the Utility. He also did some sanding on the Grand Craft and varnished the ceiling boards of the 18' Sea Skiff.
We've been grateful for two whole days of sun and cannot wait to see you all next week!
This week we all came together to flip the Grand Craft, or as boat people call it, "righting." Nicholas spent the previous week painting the bottom a beautiful copper and varnishing its bow section in preparation for this flip.
Since then he's been devoting most of his time to deck repair on the Celebrity and dry-fitting planks for the Continental. Four planks have been fitted and glued in place and are ready to be screwed into permanent position and plugged. He has been prepping the next board to go on, which will need to be steam-bent before final fit.
Jack varnished the engine box for the Ski Boat as well as the spray rails. He also milled the wood for the engine box and lid for the 26 Sea Skiff, assembled it, and has been readying it for staining. Both boxes are looking beautiful!
Isaiah has been filling the bottom holes on the Grand Craft and sanding them. He also painted the bilge. He sanded the Utility and stripped varnish from the Celebrity and the Lyman.
Brady has been sanding the 26 Sea Skiff relentlessly and varnishing the Utility, the Ski Boat, and the 18 Sea Skiff.
Gary has been playing "shop assistant" doing all the necessary milling, planking, painting, varnishing, and instructing here and there as needed for our new hires.
A busy week for everyone!
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