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Acorn to Arabella: Picking Up the Pace

Today we find Steve and a collection of skilled friends working on planking and preparing for the sawmill’s arrival. The crew of Acorn to Arabella have been able to motor along with the oak planking, even with Alex away. With three people in the shop, two could work on Arabella while the third picked timber and made … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Cedar Planks & A TotalBoat Care Package

In today’s *riveting* video from the Acorn to Arabella crew, we get a boatload of love from our friends who are working feverishly to keep pace on their 2-10 year boat building project, their Atkins Ketch, Arabella. They aren’t letting a little quarantine slow them down, and we were certain to make sure they had … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Planking Problems and a Pandemic

Just when Alix and Steve had a plan for planking that would launch their progress to the other side of this massive task, life changed.  Their planking party would have to wait for the pandemic we are all enduring to pass, because, for this task, they need more than just two sets of hands.  With … Read More


Shipwright Talk: Lou Sauzedde Pays a Visit Acorn to Arabella

Shipwrights like Louis Sauzedde have massive amounts of experience that has taken years to amass. It’s a pleasure to see how that knowledge is shared with newer shipwrights who don’t have the benefit of trial and error. Steve and Alix are well-read, self-taught shipwrights with no prior experience, so a visit from Lou during the … Read More


Progress and Productivity with Acorn to Arabella

These strange days, you never know where opportunity or amusement may find you. For the Acorn to Arabella duo of Steve and Alix, it was just outside their back door at their Massachusetts home where they found inspiration for the mother of all projects: building a 35-foot wooden sailboat, Arabella. The project would not be … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sharing Tools & Expertise

As the Acorn to Arabella team works through their stash of boards for planking their Atkins ketch, they are finding more pieces with defects that require attention in order to be useful.  It just means more work bunging and flattening the boards which will be bent around Arabella’s frames and forced into her curvy lines.  … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Harvesting Oak Root Stock for Knees

Winter won’t stop Alix and Steve from Acorn to Arabella from making headway on their Atkins Ketch build. Even though they are beginning to make good progress planking Arabella, they can’t help but look forward into the future of the project.  They know they will need some nicely curved pieces for knees inside the boat, … Read More


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