October 28th 2016
What do you do when you have to nail a new rib into your boat What happens when the sides of the boat bounce a little and the nail just doesn't go in?
Well, you find a solution! You need a hand anvil! As your one hand hits the nail head with a hammer, your other hand holds the hand anvil against the rib and the boat's side so that all is strong enough to not bounce at the impact of the hammer and nail. Sound easy? We hope not--because it's not easy. This was the hard work being done on Thursday afternoon in the shop requiring coordination and consentration.
We started by steaming the cedar rib so that it would bend just right. The steamer was at full boil and the cedar bent very well into shape around the hull of the boat (see the picture below). Once it was bent, it was time to slip the rib into the boat. All the prep work had been done over the past few weeks. The rib slipped into its's spot perfectly. At that point, the only thing left was to fasten the rib to the rest of boat, which is where the hand anvil came in. The students tackled the project fully.