As Dad said about Boat-building: the first step is the hardest.
I have been meaning to begin this sand-dune restoration project for a number of years, and now – at last – I have taken the first step.
The sand-dune in question stretches north of our Boatshed, and is covered with aggressive plants which do not belong: Acacia saligna, Acacia cyclops, Olive, Coastal Teatree etc. I will replace them with local species, in the usual Boatshed fashion: bit by bit.
One hundred years may or may not be time enough. We shall see….
To my eye, this is beginning to look like the mould of a Six Course Renaissance Lute.
It’s still early days, of course – but I am confident.
There are ten cross sections in all, and I proceed at snail’s pace. Just as well the apprenticeship is a lengthy one….
….but the Tortoise eventually triumphed, so we are told.
As Dad would say: I choose to believe because it is impossible.
Next task: the cross-sections.
Rarely do we get windless moments in winter.
Sam and I arrived at just the right time.
Not even a ‘zephyr’….
Katsuyuki Nishijima was born in 1945.
So far, so good. The mould takes shape.
My handsome Luban Low Angle Block Plane (manufactured by Qiangsheng Tool Company) has come into its own. I used it to shape the spine profile, and it seemed to understand exactly what was required.
I have taken note of that: if all else fails, reach for the infallible Low Angle Block Plane….
Sam and I walked up to the Estuary.
Clear skies, sea breeze.
A perfect day.
I have found that carving a small object can be a difficult project, and may well take longer than the carving of something larger.
I remember struggling with the construction of the tiny sailing skiff Kingfisher, a six foot replica of the original Silver Mist made by Dad long ago (about 1958).
Construction of Explorer (1996) was, by comparison, straightforward. Her greater length seemed to be more forgiving of (perceived) defects and imperfections.
I wanted this small spoon to be perfect, or at least beautiful.
Still working on it….