There are many tricks for bending wood for boat building – most involve steam and a box or closed area for the wood and steam to meet up and party while the wood gets all woozy and pliable! Frames and planks are most often bent and then placed on the boat, but there are many ways to skin this cat – and many opinions. So we look to master boatbuilder, Dan Shea of Bristol Boat Company, who has his own tried and true method.
It looks easy and seems to work very well judging by the beautiful boats his little shed behind the Herreshoff Marine Museum cranks out. So we’ll leave this up to Dan to explain. This nice video will give you insight into what it takes to get those wooden pieces to bend so nicely…. all it takes is some steam and lots of muscle. (and a sweet jig.)
Matt Gahan’s Story Board is a perfect illustration to the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While most see a wooden pallet like this as bonfire material, Donald Brink sees potential. He see’s the potential to create a unique surf craft that is fun, sustainable, and stimulates his artistic curiosities. Creating your own surfboard like this may seem a bit time-consuming, but let’s face it, surfboards aren’t exactly cheap. Plus, the non-recyclable materials and petrochemicals that are still being used by the majority of surfboard manufacturers today do not jive well with the environment. Not only is Donald Brink trying to undermine this approach to surfboard manufacturing, but he’s also revolutionizing surfboard design with his unique, asymmetrical shapes. So check out Matt Gahan’s latest installment and get inspired to build something of your own.
When you are ready to build something of your own, Jamestown Distributors offers a complete line of Grain kit surfboards to make it happen! Order one, get building and then hop into the upcoming Grain East Coast Workshop Tour to check in with the pros. Or just to show off your sweet new ride.
Watch Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde continue repairs on a Herreshoff 12 1/2 and share a few of his techniques for rolling cotton caulking into tight seams. Louis describes the tools used and how to handle caulking seams of different widths. Sauzedde’s years of experience make it look easy, and this video shows how his tried techniques are easy to follow, even for the novice boatbuilder.
Master shipwright Louis Sauzedde shows us a great trick for utilizing screw holes already in your boat’s frames, so that when you place a new plank on them you can hit the screw holes from the previous plank. Great way to make your frames and your boat last longer!
This is a student-eye-view of hanging a plank on a wooden boat. Shot at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA, the boat that is being planked is a traditional northwest design called the Davis Boat.