Monday, September 9, 2013
Incredible Work Being Done on the When and If
It has been over a month since I was last up to photograph the When and If at Cayuga Wooden Boatworks. The deck is nearly complete. The work in the transom was waiting for a few key pieces to be placed... which just happened to be going on while I was there. Seeing the final fitting, gluing and clamping of many weeks of work was intimidating. So much of this was handwork at this point. Lots of small measurements, chalk marks, rubbings and feeling for irregularities with bare hands. Amazing craftsmanship!
What this image struggles to convey is that in addition to some very complicated compound curves, this board is curved in three dimensions and is also keyed to fit into vertical uprights that radiate... so that they are not parallel to each other in the same plane. Thinking around a curve is tough, but compound curves like this give my geometrically challenged brain a headache.
This was a brief introduction to how measurements were transferred from the template to the finished board. These templates littered the deck this month. Every single board was cut to fit is a very specific way. The joints were fitted so impeccably... just awe inspiring. After all that work, most of the aft section in the transom, below decks will be hidden from view. From what I understand, much of it will be used for storage of flotation devices. All of that beautiful wood has been painted grey, effectively hidden until the next major restoration fifty years from now.