Bronze Age boatbuilding part 4

This is Richard Darrah who along with Ole Crumlin-Pedersen drew up the plans for the replica boat. The picture here is a 1/10th scale drawing of the curved ile which I am making.

 It is surprising how big a proportion of the time is spent marking, measuring, moving timber from one position to another to get it securely held in the nest position, then the hewing is actually quite quick.

 Here Trevor is rough shaping the cleats in the bottom planks.

 see the sizable chunk of oak flying off in this picture, bronze tools work surprisingly well.

 Then the surface is dressed to a clean level by eye.

 Meanwhile this is a hewers eye view of my ile. I have marked out a three dimensional curve and am using my Japanese carpenters axe to notch up to the line. It’s important to get the bottom of the notches meeting just outside your line and nicely vertical, all done by eye.

 here it is ready to knock the notches off and rough hew.

 having turned it over now I am shaping the outside curve. I have made templates of the curve which fit various points along the length. A quick check with the template shows me where to remove wood.

 a quick rough hew working with the bronze adze now.

 and checking again it is not bad.

 then working by eye I blend the curves through from one known cross section to the next.

 the outside of the boat was apparently left with quite coarse adze shaped ribbing and I am trying to replicate this using a narrow adze. Tool marks can be totally eroded on old wood if it is used or exposed to the air for some time before being buried. Even when they show up well when excavated they loose most of their definition during conservation so we are reliant to a certain extent on talking to the excavators and looking at drawings and photos taken at the time.

 and here is the outside of the first ile nearly complete.

3 Responses to Bronze Age boatbuilding part 4

  1. jarrod March 12, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    looks like a very fun project and looks like the bronze work very well. hope there will be more photos and posts on the project as the boat take shape. another great blog post robin!

  2. Gorges Smythe March 12, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    I think it's great you folks are doing this. For so many years, archeology was all speculation by people who knew little or nothing about handwork.

  3. Xcavate! January 25, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Gorges, without archaeologists no one would know that BA people used boats or what they looked like.