A bit rough….it won’t make it into the pages of Wooden Boat Magazine – but the stem-piece is at least solid, and functional.
A final sanding, and paint will cover up any minor defects of workmanship.
I am hoping that the shipwright would be satisfied. For him, function and integrity were always the primary concerns; beauty might show itself when least expected.
We could say: Wabi Sabi boat-building
It has been a slow (and rather complicated) business – and I am, after all, a slow worker: slow by both temperament and choice.
But we have been landlubbers too long. With a bit of luck, Shearwater should be out on the water by early Autumn 2022.
I am looking forward to that auspicious Day.
The merest glimpse of Shearwater – moored in the shallows, perhaps, or drawn up with sails furled at the edge of the bay – somehow engendered a sense of comfort. She was undoubtedly poised for her next voyage….and all must be well with the world. *
*My Father as Mariner, page 91.
Herbs for the Boatshed:
Thyme, Marjoram, Sage, Valerian, Brahmi, Yarrow, Bay, Lemon Grass, Lavender, Comfrey, Rosemary, Chamomile- and, of course, the indispensable Mugwort….