After fastening the outer stems and keel we turned our attention to getting the hull ready for painting next week. The plank edges were cleaned up and fairing compound was applied to the scarf joints. On Wednesday the stem/keel transitions will be shaped and everything will get a final sanding.
Once our first oar was shaped we felt it was acceptable given the less than perfect lumber. There was, however, a slight curve in the shaft so in order to eliminate that problem on the remaining three oars we are now clamping the laminations against a straight edge on the glueup.
We made the news last week! One of the local newspapers wrote a very enthusiastic article about our project http://wellingtontimes.ca/?p=8353
In order to look good on the water, in spite of our lack of oarsmanship, we have ordered bright red T-shirts with the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club logo emblazoned on the front.