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 to the future of the project.  They know they will need some nicely curved pieces for knees inside the boat, and anticipate that this wood will need to be dry and ready to install down the road. Having the dried out white oak pieces ready to shape and fit will save them time and hassle.  Like Louis Sauzedde did with the breasthook of the TotalBoat Skiff, the Acorn to Arabella team is taking the time to try to find wood that naturally has the shape they need for these important structural pieces. By launching, the team is hoping to be able to say they built Arabella using wood mostly from their own property.

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