The most complete example of advanced technical woodworking from Bronze age Europe is the Dover Boat, built around 1550BC and discovered during construction of a new underpass in 1992. Despite the rarity and importance of the find archaeologists had only 7 days to excavate and remove the first section of the boat from site before work continued. A second excavation recovered a further section of the boat but the final section remains in the ground to this day. I have a deep interest in early woodworking technologies so to be offered the chance to work on the construction of a half scale replica of the boat was pretty much my dream job. 10 week being paid to explore working with bronze tools full time gives me the opportunity to really get to grips with the technology, to experiment with lots of different ways of shaping, sharpening, hefting and using the tools. I am writing this on McDonals free wifi after our press day, attended by around a hundred journalists from England France and Belgium, sadly I can’t upload photos but you can see some of my photos on the Daily Mail website Here The article suggests we will take 2 years to complete the boat, but as far as I know the plan is 10 weeks, watch this space for more updates and next post will be from home with pics.
Here is an index for all blog posts on the Dover boat project
woodworking-marathon-continued-just 18 hours to go.