This week saw the stems and hog receiving their final shaping before the start of planking next week. We glued up the first two sets of planks using the “nail and string” alignment method that is a design feature of the kit. This method proved to be very easy and accurate. The rudder also got some attention, after shaping the blade the rudder cheeks were glued in place. The tiller gave us a chance to put our laminating skills to use again and also use up some of the left over white oak from the stems.
We had some visitors from Ottawa on Wednesday to have a look at our project. They are very interested in building a St. Ayles skiff once they can find a suitable workspace.