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  1. t.rex

    A big project!

    EPISODE 73. This is the day - the big reveal! With the deck structure fastened permanently into the Beam Shelf, we can remove the temporary cross-palls and finally see Tally Ho’s internal space and the underside of the deck structure. But before we bolt them into place, we have to prepare the deck beams by sanding, chamfering and varnishing them. Luckily we have the help of a new volunteer - Clark. We also fasten the bilge stringer to the frames, and take care of the most satisfying job of all - trimming all the frame-heads with a chainsaw!
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    A big project!

    EPISODE 70. It’s time to start building the Deck Structure! Firstly I take a look at the old Beam Shelves and analyse the 110 year-old joinery of the original boatbuilders. I decide to replicate these joints and we start fitting the King Beams, starting at the stern and working forward. Pete cuts out the Carlins and Half-Beams before joining me fitting the main beams, and Patrick starts with planing and sanding the beams prior to install. After lots and lots of chisel-work fitting the main beams, I look at the original Carlin joints, and then fit the aftermost Carlins that make up the Lazarette hatch.
  3. t.rex

    A big project!

    EPISODE 67. In this episode, I finish planing the beamshelves, move them into the boat, and start the process of bending them around the inside of the frames - creating some big loads and some scary creaking noises… Meanwhile, Marshall helps by cleaning up the vintage threading machine, and we send a broken part to Keith Rucker for repairs. In other news, the StarBoat finally finds a great new home, and I have some really exciting news about the future of the project!
  4. t.rex

    A big project!

    Back to work on Tally Ho! After returning to the West Coast, I start by planing and bolting the beam shelf scarps joints. In the process, I buy a vintage pipe threading machine and use it to thread the bolts. After a 3500 mile journey across the USA, a Pink Fireman arrives with a trailer-full of White Oak for TALLY HO’s deck beams, which we unload with the help of a forklift and a stubborn parrot. It’s good to be back!
  5. t.rex

    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    A thousand kilograms of synthetic fishnet might have the equivalent stopping power of a whale strike and would be relatively 'soft'. Lots of fishnet out there. Begs the question: Are there any whales left in the Anthropocene ?
  6. Completing Arabella's hull is something we are eagerly striving for. With this installment we cross a milestone in that goal. All of Arabella's frames that can currently go in, are finally installed. Once we have completed the planking process, the last seven sets of frames (currently blocked by the molds) will go in. Making these sawn frames was an interesting exercise in learning a new construction technique and Alix got the opportunity to tackle the process with these frames in the stern. While working on these, Steve and Ahmed worked on building a rack to store our cedar, which has up until now been taking up the majority of the space in our garage. With this lumber out of the garage we are able to put the Bridgeport and metal lathe to proper use. Both of which will be crucial for one of our upcoming tasks!
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    Climate news

    I went to see a film yesterday evening, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch . It is an award winning, visually powerful film. You do not leave the theater with a smile on your lips or holding back tears, your blood boils with rage. I was most impressed with the chapter about extinctions. We are NOW in the middle of the 6th mass extinction. The last male white rhinoceros died in 2018.
  8. In last week's episode, we went into detail about how we are fabricating the forward sawn floors. From how we are taking measurements using tick sticks and a template to how we are cutting our rolling bevel down the frames without a ship's saw. In this episode we get into more of that work and also show how we fabricate the Bronze Floors for these frames. The floors look very different than our floors for the steamed frames and require a little figuring out for the angles. During that time we also get a lot of help from Dominique who came all the way from Belgium to come help on the project. Finally we roll out a long awaited idea of ours. We have been asked many times if we could provide something on our site for people to buy, that is made out of the wood from the project as well as Victoria's Mahogany pieces that wouldn't be used in the build. We finally got these done and we are happy to say that we have custom handmade pens now available on our site with plenty of time for shipping as Christmas gifts! As always, thank you for watching and helping to support the making of and sharing of these videos!
  9. t.rex

    How I bought my boat

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. The breakfast you describe can be found at a Denny's, anywhere in the USA. What you will find in Sircussa Siracusa, are the best cannoli siciliani in the world. Most people prefer colazione (breakfast) either salata (salted) or dolce (sweet). Tomato slices on toasted bread with fresh cheese is a good example of a salted breakfast. Enjoy your culinary vacation, and remember to visit the Greek theater, it's two thousand five hundred years old.
  10. We've done steam bent frames for the majority of Arabella, now, in the stem and the stern, it's time to make some sawn frames. Where the bow and stern come in to the centerline timbers, the shape of the hull is fairly sharp. Steam bending frames in these areas would not be very easy nor ideal. Not only are they very short, which would make them difficult to bend, but they also would have to have some sever twist in them. Because of this, making single sawn frames for the bow and the stern were a better idea in our minds. This gave us the opportunity to test our hand at making sawn frames. Making patterns, finding timber with curved grain to cut them from and then shaping them before installing them back in their place with a different kind of bronze floor. In this video we explain our process for picking up patterns and making the frames. In the next episode we will show more of the work being done organically. Hope you enjoy and thank you for the support!
  11. t.rex

    A big project!

    EPISODE 55. Tally Ho is fully re-framed! In this episode we see the final part of the frame-raising party, as we make and install the last of the frames that make up the bow of the boat. We also work on the Fashion Pieces, and take some time to do some local sailing. Finally, a container-full of really long timber arrives from Suriname, and we have to figure out the logistics of moving it around.
  12. Planking has been a very fun challenge though a bit of a challenge it has been. Learning to fit the oak planks to each other has its intricacies. We need to make sure the plank fits well fore and aft but also that the bevels match so that we can put in a good bead of cotton caulking. All of this is being done with thick, unruly oak planks! Once we finish these last broadstrakes, which will be the last oak planks, we will be moving on to cedar planking. Cedar, being a much lighter wood, is likely going to be much easier to work with. We are very much looking forward to seeing the difference this makes. But, before we get to those, we will have to wrap up a few more tasks... but that's for another video! In the mean time, we come across a few challenges with this last oak strake that we had not anticipated. But in Acorn to Arabella fashion, we just figure out the best way for us to just keep moving forward and making things work!
  13. I get methane for my car, at the harbor, next to a big industrial building with solar panels on the roof. A loudspeaker on the roof pumps out a bird-of-prey call every 30 seconds or so. When I asked the attendant what the story behind the muzak was, he told me it was a recording of a bird-of-prey that eats gull chicks. The solar panels are still clean after many years.
  14. t.rex

    Light air sails

    Yes, furl to tack or gybe, often on a short [removable] bowsprit. These are the best that I've ever used. The price is eye watering ... http://www.ubimaioritalia.com/index.php?p=catalog&idl=1&f_type=RWM&f_size=
  15. With all the bent frames installed in Arabella and all the bronze floors in place, we can now work on installing the sole beams. The sole beams are the members that will span from frame to frame and support the cabin sole inside of Arabella. We are installing these now because it will allow us to shape the ends of these to fit perfectly to the contour of the inside of the planks before installing the planks. If we were to install the sole beams later, we would have a hard time fitting them to the existing shape whereas if we do it now, we can just fair the ends using a batten on the outside of the frames as if it were the planking. While we were working on installing the sole beams, we also got a very important and long awaited delivery. John from Hansen Marine and Brooke from Nanni Diesel came by to deliver Arabella's brand new motor ( Nanni Diesel N4.50). It won't get installed until after we are done planking but it is great to finally have that paid for and in the boathouse waiting to go into its new home. Thank you to all of you who made this a possibility and for Hansen Marine and Nanni Diesel for the generous help. And of course to John, Brooke, Thad and Nevan for helping deliver it and move it to the second floor of the boathouse on one of the hottest days of the summer so far!!