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 … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Setting Homemade Rivets

When Steve and Alix couldn’t find rivets that met their high standards for constructing their Atkins ketch, Arabella, they did what any sensible backyard boatbuilder does – they made them!  It’s probably not surprising that the young pair, who have harvested their family grown trees for planking and smelted their own lead keel from scrap, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Testing Epoxies

When we got the call from the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders about their Resorcinol problems, we wanted to help out. We’ve been supporting the boatbuilding duo since they started by offering supplies and support, so we were, of course, happy to oblige them by shipping them a variety of epoxies to test out.  We know … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Glue Failure Problems

Alix and Steve of Acorn to Arabella are attempting to glue together the longer boards for their next step of planking Arabella. But an unforeseen hiccup has stopped their progress and made them question their processes up to now.  With a project like this, there are always going to be ups and downs.  The key … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sawn Frames and the Stern

In the Acorn to Arabella backyard boat shop, Alix and Steve are working diligently on their Atkins ketch, Arabella, in advance of the cooler weather that is rolling in soon.   While Alix is working on the sawn frames in the stern of Arabella, Steve and another handy visitor Ahmed, put up the cedar rack so … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Last Oak Broadstrakes

The boatbuilding filmmakers from Acorn to Arabella, Alix and Steve, have discovered that planking can be a bit of a challenge.  They are learning to plank with some of the toughest pieces to fit onto the frames, and each of the oak planks has its intricacies.  The plank has to fit well fore and aft, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Garboard Plank

It’s been a few years in the making and many more in the dreaming stages, but Arabella is finally ready for her first and most important plank – the garboard plank. This plank is of particular importance because it is the first plank laid and it ties the frames down to the centerline. This is … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

The backyard boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, are more than ready to move on to planking Arabella. It’s been years of precise measuring, cutting and planning to get them to this stage, and they are not rushing it. They are taking the time to be fully prepared for this next big step that will take weeks … Read More


TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube, specifically, has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Milestones & A Celebration!

We loved hosting Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella when they came to Rhody recently for the JD Tent Sale. Customers and fans were excited to meet the busy boatbuilding duo and lend a hand and some muscle making rivets with them under the tent. The YouTube celebrities will have much to celebrate at … Read More


Meet Acorn to Arabella Stars Tomorrow at the JD Tent Sale

Tomorrow, come by the Annual JD Tent Sale for a boatload of great deals on spring commissioning products – but stick around for the entertainment in the tent.  Backyard Boat Building TotalBoat Ambassadors, Steve and Alix from the Acorn to Arabella YouTube series, will be with us for the day. We are excited they will … Read More


Framing and Upcycling with Acorn to Arabella

The Atkins ketch Arabella has rounded a corner in her “from-the-ground-up construction. As of this week, Arabella is fully framed, with all of the individual frames steamed and bent into their permanent home. Steve and Alix have been busy arranging for this part of the build as they await a donation of white cedar which … Read More


Finishing the Frames with Acorn to Arabella

  Progress is steady in the Massachusetts backyard boatshop where Arabella is steadily looking more and more ‘yachty’ by the day. With every frame that is installed comes an easier view of the long sweeping sides that will soon bear planks.  But before planking can begin, this boatbuilding and video making duo must first prepare … Read More


Video of the Week: Steaming Frames for Arabella

Alix and Steve are building Arabella in their backyard and it’s no small task. They’re arguably at one of the most critical stages of their build, steam bending and installing frames, and like all the other tasks they take on, they have done serious research in advance.  Because this is such a monumental moment in … Read More


Ship Saws and Boat Builds

Many of our salty, sawdust encrusted friends who are building backyard boats have discovered that a piece of equipment that is paramount to a successful boat build is the ship saw.  Unlike a regular band saw, which has a table that can be set at different angles, with a ship saw, the whole thing tilts while the … Read More