Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day 9, Bending and Lashing

May 23, 2010

The ribs are done!  Steaming and bending them has been the most challenging part of building these kayaks up until now.  The steam box worked well, just finding the right wood, or rather getting the wood to work with us instead of against.  Finally though, we put the last (with the tightest bends) of our ribs in place.  With all of them fit into their respective mortises we only needed to put a few shims in so that the keelson is supported by each rib.

After that, we made sure our keelson was centered and then used our mason's line to lash it to the ribs the entire length of the kayak.  

Time Spent Today: 6 hrs
Total Time Spent: 54.5 hrs
What's Next: Cutting, carving and lashing the two hull stringers on either side of the keelson

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