Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chain Plates and Deadeye Bands

We're doing a little metal work. Just wanted to show some pics of the chain plates (before galvanizing) and the metal bands that go around the deadeyes and attach to the chain plates. In the next little while we'll be making the boom bands and bales, mast bands and goose neck, bow sprit irons and jib hanks. The old term for this was ' ironing out the vessel'.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Deadeyes and Baggy Wrinkles

We have been busy inside for the last little while. It is cold outside and we have turned to the warmth and relative comfort of the basement to get some things made that we will eventually need.
We would like to say thank you to Page Baird, a fine wood worker in his own right. He is a neighbour and dear friend, who has been lending his hand to helping with the deadeyes.
About half of them are completed and epoxied and the other half need the cut out for the irons and epoxy finish.
We have also been busy with baggy wrinkles (baggy winkles, as my kids call them) I have about 10 of those done as well. They are the anti sail chafers that wrap around the rigging on the vessel.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lovely Gift

Happy New Year.
We have been out of the shop for a couple of weeks now with the holidays and the colder weather. We have taken to doing in house work like making chain plates and baggy winkles. We won't need either right away but eventually they will come in handy and working towards something keeps our hands from getting idle.

We had a surprise and welcome visit from two people this morning that we have come to know through the building of the Lena Blanche. They are boat enthusiasts and charming to boot. Steve Wynn and artist Al Chaddock. Al presented us with one of his original paintings of the stern of the Lena Blanche and Warren in the foreground. We are quite thankful for this  lovely gift and wanted to share it on our blog. So with Al's permission:

We plan to have it framed and put up where we, and all those who come to visit, can enjoy it. And as Al requested we will use ' the finest galvanized nails' to display it.  Such a sense of humour. Thank you so much for the beautiful painting and thank you both for the visit. We hope to see you again soon.