Wednesday 20 January 2016


 This is how the day began on perhaps the coldest day this winter.
We were all warmly wrapped up.

   Apprentice Dave prepared the starboard (right) rear, cabin corner post.He cut the rebate (groove) which the cabin side will sit in 


and tried it for fit.........perfect......eventually !


This was then clamped in position. Note the support prop in place to keep the corner upright.

 The adjoining cabin plank is "first fitted" (temporarily ) in the rebate and clamped.

 The aft cabin sides are now in place  and the posts to frame the entry into the cabin can be made.

 Shipwright Dave begins their creation  from a 3 meter length of iroko,
which is cut to size, planed and a rebate added.

Today's final picture shows the port (left) post in place and Apprentice Dave  trying to keep up on the starboard post !!!!!!

On Thursday the upright boards will be cut off and shaped to create the gentle curve of the cabin roof. 

Thursday 14 January 2016


In order to fit the beams for the cabin roof ,first a support to seat the beams on needs to be fixed to the cabin sides.
Here the port  (left) support is screwed and glued in place and the first notch cut to receive the cabin beam.

 The opposite support (right) is treated in the same manner.
Apprentice Dave is finishing off plugging the screw holes ready for Phil to sand down.The iroko dust is very fine and gets everywhere even when using face masks !

 The beam shelves are complete and although not visible,the cabin beams are being prepared out of shot.

Today was the first really cold day with start temperatures of 3 degrees.
Adrian from the saw mill came today to note our wood needs in the near future.He is always positive and helpful !

Friday 8 January 2016

BACK TO WORK IN THE NEW YEAR  6th January 2016

 Another day at the office as work recommenced on the cabin sides.
In order to bend the top plank to fit snugly on the lower plank, props are used to help make a gentle bend.

 The sides are then secured with screws that are counter sunk to allow wooden plugs to cover them as below.

The plugs are drilled from off cuts of iroko by Wednesday Phil.

These are then removed from the off cut and knocked into the hole on top of the screw .The excess is cut off and then sanded down to leave an aesthetically pleasing  finish.

The internal sides of the cabin are then sanded smooth by Phil while apprentice Dave whispers words of encouragement and some others !

 Both Daves turned their attention to the port (left) cabin post .
This was glued and screwed into position.

 Shipwright Dave then began working out the camber (bend ) for the cabin roof beams as each beam becomes shorter as you move towards the bow.