It is with great joy swelling up in my heart that I bring you this blog post. There are many emotions that come to a builder during the building process. Some are thoughts of boredom (like sanding), others are feelings of great exultations (like singing Hallelujah in the church choir). I’m ready to sing Hallelujah twice over.
Not sure why, but the gunwales and carlins were a big deal to me. Maybe it’s their shape, maybe it’s because I struggled initially with these steps, maybe it’s because my boat now looks as beautiful as a women. I actually made my wife come out to behold the curves. She agreed they were very beautiful. I didn’t know boat building could be sexy…but it definitely is. Something about seeing these steps complete feels so rewarding. Maybe boat building complies with the Law of the Harvest and I’m feeling the spiritual blessing from this natural law. Call it what you will, I feel good. The shaped hull is definitely attractive, but when you add gunwales and carlins, look out baby.
After my initial slow start bending the wood, all seemed to fall into place.
Key to building a boat…just keep working…problems seem to work themselves out.