Soundboard 2

The larger scrap of wood is an offcut from the soundboard. I thought to try my hand at carving a complete Rose; you can see an experimental pattern in one corner.

From time to time I polish the knife blade on a small strop; the edge needs to be razor-sharp for this sort of delicate  work – and I keep in mind, too, Dad’s oft-repeated caution: blunt chisels (and knives) are dangerous….



This little skiff is a replica of Dad’s Silver Mist of long ago. She is not as sturdy as Silver Mist – and, it must be said, not quite as heavy.

Dad felt that a bowsprit and fore-stay would be useful additions. Sam and I might install a miniature jib, cut from calico, when the time is right.

Kingfisher is back at Lady Bay, to help train the next generation of mariners….

Soundboard 1

Here is the Huon Pine soundboard. I  will glue the two lengths edge to edge, cut the resulting board more or less to size – and then plane it  down to about 1.6 mm.

Thereafter, a cabinet scraper comes into play: centuries of experience has established a formula for the thickness, which changes from edge to centre. The area reserved for the George Gerle rose will be about 1.2 mm thick.

You can see from the photo why my home-made gauge is made the way it is: I can use it to check and double-check each and every point on the soundboard. The various thicknesses are meant to enhance the quality of sound, or – we could say-  the resonance.

Another finicky task – but worth doing properly….