This is a short, scruffy video about the making of our oars. It is not for beginners as it makes several assumptions about basic woodworking techniques. I used several tools that may not be familiar to beginners such as Chalk Line (for marking a perfectly straight 14ft cut line), Spar Gauge, Power Plane, Belt Sander and Palm Sander … I recommend Google and YouTube for detailed advice about these. Enjoy! Making the oars (video)
The oars are being build off-site so that we could clean the workshop and start the painting. For the technophiles, we are using International Woodskin for the gunwales and other bright-work, alkyd primer/undercoat then silicon/alkyd marine enamel topcoat outside and acrylic eggshell inside. the seats (or ‘thwarts’) are coated with Teak Oil – gives a bit of protection, shows off the grain of the Larch and gives a matt, non-slip finish. The blade of the rudder has been painted with epoxy resin for protection. The colour scheme … well, you’ll have to wait until the launch on the 11th April.
We’re making good progress with building Lynn Réwet (adopted name of our first boat) and can see clear signs of the finished article.
The thwarts and their supports are cut and in place, the steering gear – rudder and tiller – are well advanced, we have a cox’s seat and a cuddy in construction.
There’s still a lengthy to-do list, but the end’s on the horizon.
Enough scraping, filling, sanding, scraping, filling and more scraping for now; time for something a bit different. Although we’ll probably be filling and sanding again, we’ve painted a first coat of primer on the inside of the hull.
The gunwales are taking some work; this is a picture of a ‘breast hook’; the gunwale will be ‘open’, that is we fixed the ‘Out-wale’ so that it caps the last plank (Sheerstrake), then glue spacers along the inside ready to accept the final ‘In-wale’. When fabricated, we plane and sand fair, fix the oar pads (Rouths) and then router round edges on the whole to make it easy on the eye and the hands.