canoe, part 4: setting up the mold

In January 2013, I had the molds ready and the stems too and now there wasn’t any excuse anymore to not start building the strong-back and putting the molds onto it. I could of course have prepared for my defense of the dissertation, but….yeah, whatever.

So, it was time to occupy the living room with what looked to many like some kind of dinosaur skeleton (although to be honest I don’t get it). When a good friend of mine came over one afternoon and saw the monster, he looked at me with total amazement and said, “so you are really doing this!”. Obviously a lot of people still thought I was making jokes…

in front: "the monster" in the background: a flatmate

in front: “the monster” in the background: a flatmate

Building a strong-back is just about getting a stable foundation, how you do that is pretty much up to what wood lies around, or how much you want to spend on it. After the strong-back is set up the mold stations have to be positioned in the right spots, I used one foot of in-between space (instead of one foot from centre to centre) because I wanted the canoe a little longer than in the plan (I should have made it as long as my planks would have gone). When I had centred all the mold stations on the strong-back I set up a string across the top of the whole mold (the keel-line). To my disappointment the molds were no where near centred. I tried to do my best to reposition the molds and was really worried that the whole boat would become asymmetrical. Later, when most of the hull was built, I realised that the wood finds its way itself anyway and that a millimeter here or there doesn’t make a difference.

a not so strong, not so straight but very interesting for kids, strong-back

a not so strong, not so straight but very interesting for kids, strong-back

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