Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bronze & Epoxy (Episode 35)

In case you think shipwright Louis Sauzedde isn’t listening to viewer comments – this video will assure you that he is not only listening – but also taking viewer comments to heart. So much so that Lou has removed the plastic hawsepipe that he installed in the skiff and replaced it with a modified bronze through-hull fitting. He is varnishing and adding bronze to make his work skiff a bit more refined than originally planned, due in no small part to viewer comments. 

Installing the bronze fitting into the covering boards calls for something to seal that open wood now that it’s been exposed and will continue to be exposed to salt water (presumably)! Coating the opening with the 2:1 epoxy will seal the grain and prevent rot. Lou then thickens the epoxy mixture with Milled Glass Fibers from TotalBoat – turning the thickened epoxy into a perfect marine adhesive that will work perfectly on the wooden skiff. The 2:1 epoxy mixture is a bit more flexible and dries more clear than the 5:1 epoxy Lou is used to using on his projects. And as we know with Lou, it’s hard to teach him new tricks – but he loved the new epoxy and so will the eventual owner of the work skiff.

Lou’s special “cleat system” also gets refined and installed in episode 35. And it won’t be long until Lou is calling on this unique system to tie the boat alongside a dock, another boat or onto a trailer.

Come to the Tent Sale on April 22 and see the skiff for yourself. Meet Lou and try out the different products he has used on the skiff. Other impressive wooden boats from our hard working customers will also be on display at this “mini boat show.” We hope to see you in Bristol on the 22nd. Send Lou comments and questions below and he will be sure to read them and maybe even use your insight to change the way he is finishing off the TotalBoat Work Skiff!


20 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Bronze & Epoxy (Episode 35)

  1. I’m a retired carpenter and now build small boats as a hobby. If I had another working life in me I’d like to work with and learn from this guy. What a store of skill and knowledge. This is a wonderful series. Looking forward to the next project. Cheers to Lou.

  2. Terrific job,Lou . . . i’ve followed and learned from many of your videos. Thanks for sharing your skills.

  3. Just wonderful. Mastery of a craft doesn’t mean you know everything about it , but rather that you have reached a level of confidence through experience that allows you to continue to grow in a creative way; to always know how to handle the problem at hand, but also always be looking for new and creative ways to approach it.
    It means a reverence for its history while actively looking for new and better ways.
    I’ve never seen anyone who embodies this better than Mr. Sauzedde
    I thank him and Jamestown Distributors for sharing this.

  4. Lou, I am really enjoying this series. My father was a carpenter and I learned a great deal from him. I see you using his methods and more.
    I’m a retired machinist. Because I’m alergic to soft woods I couldn’t do much carpentry. It killed me to watch you have to finish those bronze peices that the machinist should have done in the lathe. You are a true craftsman and the skiff is beautiful. I think you may have a hard time parting with this boat.

  5. Nice work. Very interesting to see the project from start to almost completion.
    When finished, please let us know the number of hours that you put into this boat.

  6. Nice Lou, I like the bronze pipe & pins very much. Definitely worth the extra “cabbage” (to quote you) verses the plastic thru hull. Like you said, save the plastic for another project. Make sure you take us for a spin when you launch her. Weather is starting to warm up in the Northeast, wouldn’t be long now.

  7. 3 and 1/2, exactly. 3 and 1/2, exactly. A little pause and look… Hey – none of us were surprised, Lou, whatsoever!

    Such a joy to watch you working your heart out, so to speak. Everything flows, even with the occasional rethink that reminds us its OK to sleep on things to possibly trip over a new way to evoke elegance… as with those absolutely gorgeous bronze hawsepipes.

    I’ve had at least as much fun just watching you work (not to mention listening to your narration) as you’ve had doing this. Every moment has been extraordinary. I appreciate very much this gift of yours, and of those who made it possible for us to enjoy every step of the way.

  8. Lou, fantastic build, definitely the highlight of each week since you started. I must make it for the launch!

  9. this whole seris has been great. while j never intend to build a boat, I still do a bit of woodworking and ever eposode I learn a little more. I lived aboard a 42’sailboat for eleven years and dkd all the work on her. Had to raise the waterline twice—-wish I had seen how you did it on the skiff. Would have saved a lot of time and ended up with a straighter water line. Look forward to every epesode.

  10. Wonderful. For those of us that have mixed a lot of epoxy. Making the ratio marks on the string stick is pure GENIUS. Could have used that trick a long time ago.

  11. Another great video with great tricks. I’ve learned a bunch from watching Lou. Enjoying this series and looking VERY forward to the next! Any hints yet on what that may be?

  12. A square peg will fit into a round whole. That is how they fastened the beams in William Shakespear’s house. It’s good to learn that building technics from the Tudor period are still valid to day. Thanks for sharing your shipwright trade secrets.

  13. I thought I had a collection of hammers, ..,not the last two you have used though. Totally enjoy the series. Thanks to all for sharing. Very little can beat a a good craftsmans day of productive time in the shop!

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