We’ve reached an interesting stage with our new skiff, having completed the kit and got the nasty work of cleaning the inside and filling seams almost done. This Sunday there’s very little to do apart from some finishing off, pending delivery of more wood.
Up till now there’s been no real opportunity for the Woodies of Seil to show off their skills, as it’s largely been gluing by numbers with everything dictated by the Sage of Bernisdale and the Kitman of East Wemyss. We’ve resisted the temptation to improve on perfection, even when tempted by the Guru of An Cala. We’ve been told that St Ayles skiffs don’t do rocker.
Now it’s time for a little creativity and artistry. On Monday we should be receiving a load of Douglas Fir supplied by the Wizards of Jamestown and brought to us by the (not so) Speedy Blue Men of Oban. There will be enough to produce the inwales (wooden rails inside the top planks) thwarts (seats) breasthooks (the pieces that hold the ends of the hull together when you hit things) and a set of six oars to get us started.
We’ll need to start by machining our timber, to bring the large pieces down to size for the various parts and there will be lots of dust flying around. We’re going to bring along a couple of power saws to speed things along.
It’s worth bringing along a suitable face mask and safety glasses.
Once we get into the swing of the next stage there will be lots for everyone to do, plenty of planing, sanding and a bit less gluing than up till now. There are lots of different ways of making the parts we need and of course no consensus about what’s best , so it will be an interesting learning experience for everyone. After all, that and the good community feeling are what this project is all about.
Almost every week we see a new face in the shed and it will be great to see even more of the Skiffies of Seil turning up. Don’t forget, it’s not necessary to buy a share in order to take part and, anyway, they’re all sold now.