Acorn to Arabella: Playing with Lead

 

As we patiently wait for Lou Sauzedde’s return (APB! LOU IS OK! He will be back very soon – we promise!)  we have been excited to follow along with the Acorn to Arabella crew who are furiously working on the ballast keel for their boatbuilding project. These motivated youth have made great headway on their Atkins sailboat build and they continue to impress us with their knowledge of the various projects they are tackling. Today’s videos include the actual pour of the lead into the keel mold, as well as an intro to WHY they chose to pour the lead for Arabella’s keel into a wooden mold. And, as we’ve come to expect, Steve demonstrates amazing comprehension of the various options and explains why pouring hot, molten lead into boards in the ground was not only the best option, it was the only option. 

Today (Friday January 26th), The Acorns released Part 1 of their videos on actually pouring the lead into their keel mold. We’ll link to the video below – and urge you to follow along with the build on the Acorn to Arabella Facebook page where they are posting more frequent updates.  Alix and Steve are moving quickly and while they have a lot left to do (like build a boat), they have already started building the crib for the keel, and eventually the whole boat, to be built on. More impressive, well-planned and executed work from this duo is no surprise, and it’s fun to watch the process and appreciate how much planning went into pouring molten lead without catastrophe.

Head over to their YouTube channel and subscribe to their videos so you know when the latest arrives. WE really enjoy following along with their build, and hope you do, too. Enjoy!

 

 

13 responses to “Acorn to Arabella: Playing with Lead

  1. Your lead pouring reminds me of thirty years ago – I helped a guy pour his keel for a Hess 29 like the L. Pardeys -Taleisin… All went according to plan until afterwards when the dog chewed on some lead that we had no idea of until the dog went into convulsions and died. Lesson was clean up real well around the site .

  2. How are you dealing with the toxicity of lead. Chainsawing lead and open melt /pour seems to ignore all epa guidelines for dealing with lead.

    1. We have been wearing PPE and doing our best to reduce any chance of contaminating the surrounding area. The chainsaw just makes lead shavings, there is little to no fine particulates and the melt is similar. The melting point of lead is way below the vaporizing point so unless you super heat it there should be very little to no off gassing. The steam/smoke from the tank was mostly water vapor evaporating and sawdust stuck to the lead/mixed in with the chainsaw shavings and the bar oil from the chainsaw burning off.

  3. I am surprised state and local EPA people haven’t been out there. You have put toxic lead into the atmosphere and ground. This would never fly in California.

    1. We have been very careful not so leave lead lying around or to make it so fine that it is dust and can go into the atmosphere/soil.
      The chainsaw just makes lead shavings, there is little to no fine particulates and the melt is similar. The melting point of lead is way below the vaporizing point so unless you super heat it there should be very little to no off gassing. The steam/smoke from the tank was mostly water vapor evaporating and sawdust stuck to the lead/mixed in with the chainsaw shavings and the bar oil from the chainsaw burning off.

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