Monday, April 26, 2010
Work continues on the Flying Jib Friendship sloop owned by Sara Beck of Topsfield, MA. Sara's nephew Ben Spivak of Colorado, who is a schooner sailor in his own right, and his girlfriend Kate Tansky are replanking and reframing the Flying Jib in part to get her ready for the 50th anniversary of the Friendship Sloop regatta in July in Rockland, Maine. Ben and Kate are a welcome presence in the yard and - with Harold's guidance - they are doing a great job on the old girl. Sara also comes down on weekends to work hard. It is tough work but they are doing it with a smile as always. In the first photo, Harold is bending a frame into the hull of the Flying Jib, in the second photo he is under the bow using a crowbar to push the still warm frame up and in the third photo he is bending the plank after it came out of the steambox...so the photos are actually in reverse order!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Harold has been gearing up for a busy month of late and is in the midst of both finishing up work, starting new jobs, and giving a lot of time, thought, sweat and tears (?)..OK, not tears but a good deal of mental and physical preparation is going in to his gearing up to build the pinky ARDELLE. Yeah!
Things are beginning to fall into place..time is a major factor as he does not have enough in the course of the day to do it all but basically a year from now life could be very different, and very, very much the place to be for anyone who is interested in learning about wooden schooner construction. And, for the rest of us, it is an opportunity to photograph, write about, and join in a great project.