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An account of an unhandy man's quest to build and sail small boats. It was meant to be my big winter project, but here it is late spring and I'm just finishing up.
What with working like a dog on a new iPhone project, shoveling snow, and snatching the odd spare moment to work on the bowsprit, I've not had time to blog, but on this beautiful spring day, I decided to take a day off and start to catch up.
But where to begin? The story actually starts nearly five years ago, in October of in a galaxy called Georgia. Long time readers will recall that I discovered some rot in the end of my bowsprit and had to perform emergency surgery which shortened the sprit by over a foot. You can revisit those happy days by reading the blogpost called Bowspri t, but suffice to say I've been meaning to replace it ever since.
Midnight bowsprit surgery - The original sprit was built from laminated Douglas Fir. This time, I had my heart set on building the sprit from a single timber. The reason is simple: I meant to varnish it and thought a solid spar would look better than a laminated one.
Also, I'd already had the pleasure of gluing up a spar -- two of them, in fact -- for the Blue Moon's 'new' boomkin. If you missed my boomkin saga, it starts with this post: Carving a sprit from a 4" X 4" timber would be a new challenge, I thought.
And, oh, I was right. A better bumpkin - The original plans call for a 'spruce' bowsprit, so back in January, when my Christmas projects were done, and I finally had time to start on my new project, I started hunting for a clear meaning knot-free spruce timber.
Now, spruce is not a rare and exotic wood.
It grows throughout the northern part of North America, from Alaska to Nova Scotia, and is one of the most used woods for construction 2x material. If laminating the sprit was acceptable, I could probably have dug through piles and piles of 2x6s, until I found two or three clear pieces I could glue together.
But kiln-dried construction lumber just wasn't what I was looking for.
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No, I wanted a clear, air-dried, spruce timber. Something that, 50 years ago, I might have found fairly easily. After calling a dozen small mills, and every marine timber business in the north east, I started to wonder if such an artifact even existed. But finally I thought I'd found one. A woman at Condon's Lumber thought there might be a 4x4 piece of Sitka Spruce in her warehouse.
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