Thinking Big Time

Today logged a heavy thinking day. With the interior of the log portion of our hull near completion, it is time for us to prepare for the gluing portion of the project. At this particular fork in the journey of the canoe we can’t help but feel six of one, half a dozen of the other.

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We can either glue everything together as it is and then shape the bottom of the hull, or flip it all over now and shape each log before gluing and then complete a final fairing with the hull as one. Both routes hold pros and cons, boiling down to the ease of removing the most material efficiently the ease of manipulating the logs when gluing them together.

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Either way, we need to make frames in order to stabilize the hull for moving and gluing; so we set about tackling that first. Using our full size body plans and some of our leftover pine, we chose three stations that intersect all five of the logs and began to make our molds for the inside of the hull. The goal of these frames is to have accurate molds that can be used as guides for fairing the inside of the hull and ones that will be strong enough to support the weight of the hull when it is upside down. With these frames completed we will then fair the inside of the hull to fit them and then secure the hull to them so that we can roll it over and go after shaping the outside.

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