A New Bowsprit

Several years ago, we made 4′ displays of mid-sections of the topmast, topsail yard, and club. Missing was a section of the 40’7″-long bowsprit. A visitor, Paul Batzle from the Pacific Northwest, noted this absence and sent us a 300 lb. freshly cut Douglas fir log. Until now, it has been aging for almost three years. Pictures show Bern shaping the log on Saturday to 14 3/8″ diameter. It now weighs 170 lbs.!  Much of the weight loss is water, but as you can see chips were flying, too. Now for a little shellac and varnish.

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