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Dec 1, 2019, 5:50 PM
In this episode Leo and helpers install the Fashion Pieces, which will form the connection between the hull planking and the transom. They have to cut the heels, drill and chisel the notches in the centreline, and bed them with Red Lead paint and bedding compound (Dolfinite & pine tar). Rowan also works on fairing the bottom of the frames in preparation for the cast bronze floor templates. Finally, Leo works on adjusting the frames to be fair at the sheer line, in preparation for the beam shelf (sheer clamp) and bilge stringer.
Nov 16, 2019, 11:24 PM
Rowan returns to give Leo a hand, and we finish shaping the keel with Adze and power-plane. Then we carve some shape into the Stern Assembly, roughing out the Stern-post with a chainsaw first, before cutting the remainder of the Rabbet into the centerline. The chickens enjoy watching our progress.
Nov 2, 2019, 10:52 PM
In this episode, after roughing-out the starboard side Rabbet into the Stem, Leo makes a jig to transfer the measurements for the shape of the Keel Timber from the lofting floor to the boat itself. He then starts working on actually shaping the keel to its final shape, firstly using a TurboPlane wheel on a Grinder, and then switching to a good ole’fashioned Adze. He also adds some small pieces of Purpleheart to complete the shape of the Forefoot, and makes a small book-stand for his hosts here.
Oct 19, 2019, 6:09 PM
In this episode, Leo asks the question “is Tally Ho still the same boat?” ... He explores the ancient philosophical question of The Ship of Theseus, and how that problem applies to this project and also to our understanding of the world in general. While he consider all that, we recap the work that has been done on the boat up until now, starting with when I was first shown Tally Ho in Oregon over 2 years ago.
Oct 6, 2019, 6:49 PM
In this episode, Leo cuts the rest of the shape of the Cutwater into the Stem, using a chainsaw. Then he planes it smooth, and shapes the transition to the square stem-head with a grinder. He also takes a trip to Bellingham, where he looks at the Oak Deck Beams on a beautiful old schooner. Finally, the huge timbers for the shelves and stringers arrive by truck, and in order to move them around, he has to practice his welding and improvise a timber cart.
Sep 22, 2019, 11:36 AM
After the busyness of the Frame-raising, it’s just Leo and the boat again for a while. He had some tough decisions to make as he looked into ordering the timber for the deck-structure and planks. After a slow week of theorizing and office work, he finally gets back onto the tools, and marks the position of the Rabbet and starts cutting the shape of the cutwater into the stem.
Sep 7, 2019, 5:27 PM
Tally Ho is fully re-framed! In this episode we see the final part of the frame-raising party, as we make and install the last of the frames that make up the bow of the boat. We also work on the Fashion Pieces, and take some time to do some local sailing. Finally, a container-full of really long timber arrives from Suriname, and we have to figure out the logistics of moving it around.
Aug 18, 2019, 10:17 PM
In this episode we follow the life of a single Futtock, from being marked on a template to being installed as a finished frame. Frame-raising 2.0 is going well, with more than half of the last section of Frames installed already! In other news, Cecca finds out that Janice is actually a boy…
Aug 3, 2019, 6:23 PM
Having installed the new Stem, it’s time to replace all the frames in the bows of the boat! Eight awesome volunteers show up and we get straight to work, training them to build double-sawn Live Oak frames. We start out at half-speed while everyone learns their jobs, and then gradually increase the pace. Leo's old friend Joe is helping out with filming and editing, while his girlfriend Nadine cooks for us. Leo has a feeling that the tea-break banter is going to be strong, this month!
Jul 20, 2019, 6:03 PM
A worrying thunder-shake in the new stem means Leo has to make and install a large graving piece. After making some wedges and cutting notches in the scarph joints, we assemble the Stem, Knee, Forefoot and Mast Step in the bow of Tally Ho… lifting the gigantic stem overhead with the forklift is quite an amazing sight! After a tiny bit of trimming we drill and counterbore the holes for the bolts, and then cover everything (including ourselves, of course) with a thick layer of tar before putting it together for the final time and bolting it up - the centreline is complete!