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Acorn to Arabella: Planking with a Twist

Plank on! Plank off! Such is the story of this week’s video with Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella.  Now that the team is planking their Atkins ketch, Arabella, they are yet again in unknown territory as they learn the intricacies of this important step. It took one snapped oak plank to realize that the time has come to steam bend their next planks that have a lot more twist in the aft end.  They had gotten away without steaming a few of the early oak planks with a straighter run from bow to stern. The oak they are using is not totally dried and is very pliable which has allowed them to attach those first planks without steam bending them but the time has come to revisit the steaming box they came to love during the building of Arabella’s frames.

Check out their progress on the boat, meet some of their fans who have stopped by to pay a visit and soak up more of the Steve and Alix calmness that is their signature boatbuilding character – these two cannot be rattled or deterred. Keep up with their progress on the boat by subscribing to their YouTube channel.

 

4 responses to “Acorn to Arabella: Planking with a Twist

  1. Nice to see a boat project, it’s a reminder of all the boats my family had built or repaired over many years of my wooden boat projects. Love your work and wish I was helping!
    Chris Cuthbertson
    ( I ‘m the last shipright apprentice trained for just what you are doing )

  2. Good Job! You fellows are doing remarkable work on this vessel. Out here on the west coast Shipwright Steve Alaniz who has spent his working career doing carpentry work on wooden boats mostly wooden commercial fishing boats and I are restoring what the USCG considers a “total rebuild” of the NN 59 sailboat. This cat rigged 29.9 foot wooden double-ender was built in Astoria Oregon in 1906 for the Sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The old relic has not been in the water to 70 years.we have been working to bring this iconic fishing back to what she was like nearly 114 years ago.cutting to the chase.. We are
    looking for “really” green steam bending oak. We think our present non-kiln dried oak may be a little too old as several,frames have cracked when steam bending them. If you can send me the name of the business where you have purchased your green bending oak we would very much appreciate that. Thanks

  3. Good Job! You fellows are doing remarkable work on this vessel. Out here on the west coast Shipwright Steve Alaniz who has spent his working career doing carpentry work on wooden boats mostly wooden commercial fishing boats and I are restoring what the USCG considers a “total rebuild” of the NN 59 sailboat. This cat rigged 29.9 foot wooden double-ender was built in Astoria Oregon in 1906 for the Sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The old relic has not been in the water to 70 years.we have been working to bring this iconic fishing boat back to what she was like nearly 114 years ago.cutting to the chase.. We are
    looking for “really” green steam bending oak. We think our present non-kiln dried oak may be a little too old as several,frames have cracked when steam bending them. If you can send me the name of the business where you have purchased your green bending oak we would very much appreciate that. Thanks

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