The apprentices have been busy removing all of the hardware from Lyric and taking endless measurements for her new keel, which will be a laminate of six pieces of 5/8″ mahogany. Also endless are the 4000+ bungs that they have to remove in order to attach the new frames and planks! Here is part of the mold for the keel.
- The forward keel is glued up, shaped, and ready to be rabbeted
- The aft section of the keel needs to cure on the mold for a full 24 hours
- Skyler and Duncan are bedding the forward section of the keel and are ready to fasten it to the timber frames
- Kit and Josh are finishing up the rabbet on the aft section of the keel
- Both the forward and aft sections of the keel are bolted in.
- The house has been removed and the deck is coming off.
- Making molds so that Lyric keeps her shape when we replace her frames and later flip her over for planking.
- All of the deck and deck beams have been removed.
- The apprentices will replace the clamps and begin replacing all of the ash frames.
On top of the sheer is our replacement clamp. We will be replacing both the port and starboard clamps.
New steam-bent ash frames are being added to Lyric . . . and she is currently possessing just about every clamp in the shop.
The apprentices are replacing every other frame. They will then go back and replace half of the planks before replacing the second half of the frames.
Spring is here and the ducks are back!!
Most all of the 100+ frames are in, but a few frames are laminates and are being glued up now
Duncan has been hard at work scarfing in some new hood ends.
The rivets, which go through the planks, frame and clamps, have been alternated in a "W" pattern. We will reverse the pattern with screws, which will be driven from the outside and only through the planks and frames.
The starboard sheer has been riveted and screwed to the frames and clamp.
Abandoning a high-tech pulley and hoist system, about 20 apprentices, interns and staff members resorted to brute collaborative force and picked Lyric up and turned her over.
Lyric has her first garboard!!
Kit crawling around the inside!!
Josh has been working on the port side and has a garboard and broadstrake fastened.
Kit has been working on the
Duncan has been working on the new transom.
Kit has three planks on the starboard side.
Duncan has been in a scarfing frenzy. Here are two mid-plank scarfs that he is working on.
Josh has three planks done as well. The third plank down is about 16 feet long and they are all dry seams. The next one will be 20+ feet.
Kit has finished up her fourth plank and is scarfing up her fifth.
We'll be planking from the keel up to the waterline . . . . so five more planks to go.
Duncan and Skyler have been working on some floor timbers. Some of the are a solid chunk of wood with laminate sections added to bulk them up . . . .
. . . . and some are made from random pieces of shop wood with this one being purpleheart.
Here are some of the deck frames that have just been glued up.
Kit has finished up planking on the starboard side and Duncan and Skyler have been busy fairing the hull
Josh is fitting the last edge of his last two planks.
Lyric is all planked up
Duncan is adding cotton to the rabbet seam
Kit is finishing up five days of sanding