Topic Archives: Projects
Feb 8, 2020, 6:04 PM
In this episode, Leo returns to Cornwall to catch up with Luke Powell and his team, who are getting ready to launch the replica Pilot Cutter PELLEW. Luke talks about how this project came about, how to start a career in boatbuilding, and why we should all be building wooden boats!
Jan 19, 2020, 9:35 AM
As Leo's away from the boat for a while, this is a Q&A episode! Will TALLY HO sail with a GPS? Where will her first (post-rebuild) voyage be? Will Leo be building a replica of the original tender? Could a dolphin, if properly trained, operate his forklift?! For answers to these THRILLING questions, and more, join Leo for a cup of tea and a chat in episode 64.
Jan 6, 2020, 9:49 AM
In this episode Cecca and Leo travel to New York, where they house-and-dog-sit for some friends. Leo drives up to Connecticut to meet Duke at New England Naval Timbers, who supplies large pieces of semi-seasoned White Oak. Leo selects enough curved and straight logs to make Tally Ho’s Deck Structure, and then they mill it into the appropriately sized flitches. They also get a ride on a state-of-the-art New York Tugboat (courtesy of McAllister Towing), and Leo even tags along with a Harbour-pilot while he navigates a huge container-ship out of NYC harbour.
Dec 21, 2019, 11:06 PM
In this episode Leo starts by adjusting the position of some of the frames, and fairing them all on the inside. Then he cuts and fits the scarph joins on the big 6-1/2” x 3” Angelique timbers. Along the way, he does a stress test on the 28’ long timbers by parking a vehicle over each end, and jacking up the middle with a 20 ton bottlejack. The chickens and Pancho the parrot lark around as usual.
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.