Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Guards


We’re finally back with Lou and the TotalBoat Work Skiff is looking very sharp with the spray rails, the inwales and the guards which have now been attached. There is plenty left to do, but each step is  that much closer to getting the skiff painted and then of course, out on the water.   In episode 29, Lou uses his pin maul hammer (a shipwright favorite) to drive the nails into the runners on the bottom of the skiff, offering some of his now famous “tips” on how to best drive the nails for perfect execution.  

Attaching the guards is next and Lou has decided that adding a chamfer to the boards will add a nice touch to the finished skiff.  It’s a joy to watch Lou work and even though his method and tools are not state-of-the-art, there is plenty of art to his techniques, and we know you enjoy learning about boat building from Lou.

Watch all the videos in a row – on a binge – here on the TotalBoat YouTube channel.

Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff with Louis Sauzedde – All episodes. 

13 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: The Guards

  1. Another great episode – the best line of the series must be the last in this episode. 🙂

    Thanks Lou. Love your work! Inspirational.

  2. Hi Lou .I really enjoy your videos. I used to build wooden boats myself back in Lake Union days so I follow your techniques closely and have learned few new ways to skin a cat from you . That comment about ‘fixing mistakes’ was spot on. Keep them coming.

  3. These are some of the most well done instructional videos I have ever seen. Lou takes the time to point out the small details (like how to correctly use the maul) that make watching them especially useful and enjoyable. It’s wonderful to watch how a master does it.

  4. Impulse noise-the worst kind of noise for our ears. Although any type of excessive noise can damage our hearing, impulse noise, (hammering, gunshots, etc.) is the worst as our ears can not respond quickly enough to impulse noise to protect themselves. In nature, we have been exposed to noise since we first came on this earth. Think of loud animals, waterfalls, etc., But impulse noise is relatively new and we have not yet developed mechanisms to protect our hearing from it. In the ear hearing protection, (foam type) are very effective IFF they are properly used. They must be rolled into a thin cylinder and inserted into each ear using two hands. One hand reaches over the top of the head and lifts the top of the earlobe up while the other hand gently inserts the foam, IN, DOWN an FORWARD. Learned this from a Certified Safety Professional, (CSP).

  5. Any loud noise can damage hearing but impulse noise, hammering, gunshots, etc. are the worst as the rise time of the noise is just too quick for our ears built in mechanism to protect us. Both ear muffs and foam inserts can offer protection though foam inserts can offer the most protection IFF they are properly used. Takes two hands, one hand to go over the top of our head and gently pull up on the top of the opposite ear lobe while the other hand gently inserts a rolled into a smaller cylinder ear plug INWARD, DOWNWARD, and FORWARD into the ear canal. Learned this from a Certified Safety Professional, CSP, at a gun show.

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