Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 4: Starting the spars

We picked up lumber to make the spars. We are fortunate to have easy access to Sitka Spruce. A small mill an hour from our shop brings logs down from Alaska and grades and mills the wood to our specifications. We usually buy 8/4 Sitka 6” wide and 20 ft long. This allows for minimal waste when used for oars and spars.

We spent one afternoon gluing up the mast, boom and yard halves. Later we will shape them from the rough straight four sides to tapered round sections. We will cover that in more detail when the time comes.

Mast and spar halves ready to be glued up

Mast and spar halves ready to be glued up

Mast and spars being glued up

Mast and spars being glued up

Mast and spars cut to rough shape

After glue up, mast and spars cut to rough shape

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