Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lofting; Full Sized

The dory design is defined by "stations". The stem and transom are the beginning and the end and in between are enough molds to give the boat it's shape. In this case, there is no plan and no molds. Every third frame set is built and fared to battens. After this, the intermediate frames are filled in. Mistral's frames are clear, vertical grain fir 2x4's. All the wood used in building this boat is locally acquired Douglas Fir. Call it my "indigenous" boat. The plan for this boat is in Doryman's head and takes shape for the first time as it is being built. A very old fashioned way of design/ building.

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