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Oct 8, 2018, 9:13 PM
Leo is away from Tally Ho at the moment, visiting friends and family. As usual in these times, he's chatting with boatbuilders for interest, information and learning. In this episode Leo visits Chris Rees, a very experienced boatbuilder who was behind various impressive projects including the enormous 3-masted lugger Greyhound and the replica fishing lugger Spirit of Mystery (which was sailed from the UK to Australia by Pete Goss as a tribute to the fishermen who undertook the same trip in the 1850s) Chris shows Leo around the boat that he is currently working on – a 1905 Pilot Cutter named Letty – and also tells Leo a little about how he became a boatbuilder. Finally they look at another boat that Chris is hoping to bring back to life – a historic local ferry, which up until recently was apparently the longest continuously running ferry in the country. Originally a Steam powered vessel, it was later modified with a diesel engine, but Chris is hoping to equip it with an Electric motor for the next period of service.
Oct 1, 2018, 9:41 AM
(Not Tally Ho ... Included for continuity) In this episode Leo visits the massively impressive new Pilot Cutter being built in Cornwall, UK. She is named the Pellew, and is a replica of the 68′ Falmouth Pilot Cutter Vincent, which was built in St Mawes in 1852. Leo has a conversation with Luke Powell, Project Manager and Chief Shipwright, about their progress since last time he last visited the project 6 months ago. They discuss the enormous mast that is currently being made, and also the challenges of managing a project of this size and scope.
Sep 21, 2018, 9:21 AM
In this episode we make a few more frames, and I talk about the jigs and products that I use to bed the frame-heels into the keel pockets. Lei gets some help from fellow youtuber Wood by Wright, and Kurt works on servicing the blade guides and making some other modifications on the huge ship-saw. Finally, we have to pack up shop and leave the country!
Sep 4, 2018, 8:34 PM
In this episode we develop some jigs and tables that will help the framing process go faster. The surface planing jig uses a large power plane to make one face of a piece of timber completely straight. A large assembly table lets us put frames together far more easily and accurately. Pancho observes, and tries to resist destroying the new frames! This episode is early because Leo won’t be able to post next weekend.
Aug 27, 2018, 9:43 AM
In this episode Leo installs the first pair of Frames into Tally Ho, notching the Live Oak very slightly into the Purpleheart Keel timber. He also explains how he calculates and transfers bevels from the lofting floor to the templates and frames. He has some volunteer help, and they cut pieces for the next set of new frames, and He also receives delivery of the last of the Live Oak from the sawmill in Georgia.
Aug 11, 2018, 10:40 PM
In this episode, Leo works with some volunteers to cut out more futtocks, and assemble the first pair of Frames using Southern Live Oak – to replace the old English Oak frames that Tally Ho was built with. To fasten the futtocks we use Black Locust Treenails (Trunnels/Trennels), which are traditional wedged pegs, used for centuries in ship-building and timber-framing. We also get some more of the copper fastenings removed, build some adjustable trestles, and establish the centerline of the boat. Finally, Cecca and Leo takes an overdue little holiday to the furthest reaches of the Olympic Peninsula.
Jul 30, 2018, 6:42 PM
In this episode, Leo gets some more help to remove a lot of Tally Ho’s hull planking. The volunteers grind and hammer copper rivets, while he finishes lofting the intermediate frames inside the workshop. Finally he makes the first frame template, and cut the first futtocks for that frame, shaping the Live Oak timber using the huge ship/bandsaw, a large circular saw, and the custom sawzall assembly.
Jul 18, 2018, 7:28 PM
In this episode, Leo has a number of interesting volunteers and visitors, who help him out with various aspects of the project – a welding machine, a sign for the shed, some much-needed modifications to the massive ship-saw, a forklift service, and a ride in a classic muscle car. Meanwhile, he continues lofting inside the shed, and we are nearly ready to start re-framing!
Jul 2, 2018, 3:06 PM
In this episode, Leo continues lofting the lines of the 1910 Gaff Cutter, Tally Ho – enlarging them to life-size on the new 50’ lofting floor in the workshop. He gets some help from a young Australian Shipwright, and has another very special surprise visitor!
Jun 16, 2018, 11:05 PM
In this episode, Leo takes some more measurements of Tally Ho’s current shape compared to her original lines, and makes a big decision about how to go about bringing her back to a more authentic and elegant shape. He have a visitor from England and they set about building a lofting floor in the workshop, making some very long battens, and beginning the actual process of lofting the original plans up to full size.