Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Let teh rumble begin

Seventeen ribs. I needed to remake eight.

The carnage on the floor looks like the after event at a ribs eating contest.

I’m still learning. Wood that I thought would bend up nice, shredded at the least amount of torque. Other pieces; buttah!

Eight ribs, likely thirty attempts. Still have quite a bit remaining, but the chore is DONE!!! Will need to trim ends on a couple ribs that stand rather proud of the rest, but tha’s simple once they’ve “set”. And as chill and dry as it is, that won’t take long. That chill and dry is part of why I had a time of it too. My steam box was all over the place temp wise as the wind would cool off the boiler. Temps rode between 140 and 200 and I need the temps to be as close to 200 as thet will stay. When the wind would die off, that temp went straight to 200 and I was able to bend easy. Keeping it there was an issue.

But the hard part is past. Now its a matter of tweaking things to get the profile I am looking for, and thats setting chines and stretching fabric over things for a look-see before I tie it all together.

Yeah, TIED. No screws, no nails; synthetic sinew (dacron string) and patience. Cutwaters get tied and tenoned and the whole thing is able to flex in the waves. People that paddle hard boats are always shocked at well Skin boats handle rougher water. They absorb so much, and I feel you have a better feel for what the water is doing, and better reactions for it.

Sorry, no pics as yet, weather is foul so my signal here on the hill limits me to text only. Maybe later.

But now, itsa time to toast one more step out of the way, and enjoy a few minutes of satisfaction, before I start frustrating myself with other things.

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