Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Revisitng a fish - Part I

I happen to come accross a CD today with a bunch of photos I took while building a Striper 6'4". I took these with my cell phone, so the quality isn't that great, but they do shed a little light on the construction process.

This shot shows the keel with the slots cut for the frames. Notice how the slots are tapered to mate the frames. This is actually an early method that we no longer use. Now we use a lap joint instead.

Here I'm hand shaping the frames with a handplane. This is a tricky process because we're having to really visualize a final shape far removed from actually having it in hand. It's tough, trust me.

Nice and straight.

Here's a view down the keel with the frames in place. This is the first opportunity to actually "see" the final shape.

Time to start working on the fins.

More to come...


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