Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Working Day and Night Now to Finish the Frames

Dan Tobyne gets a nice shot of the barn and frames at night

The bulkhead frame sits ready to go out the door

Bernie, Zack and Harold finishing up the next bulkhead frame

Bulkhead frame is nearly ready

Bernie and Zack planning a futtock

A whole lotta oak

Nice fit and the trunnel tops just need to be sawn off
There has been a whole lotta frame building going on at the Burnham yard and Zack, Chuck, Steve, Harold and many others have been hard at it over Thanksgiving weekend. This Saturday - Dec. 4 - Harold plans to hoist about four more frames...and the framing process  is getting close to ending as Chuck is nearly finished with the molds and the final frames will be smaller and can go up more quickly. Harold is itching to finish framing and get on to the planking...and hopes to be doing that soon.

In the meantime, we have also launched a new website, with help from Tom Dennesen, and to purchase a t-shirt, trunnel or plank to help support this project; please go to Yes, we are hoping that you might consider purchasing a $25 trunnel ticket for a sail on the Ardelle next summer..and actually the t-shirts were a big hit and we have more in and you can buy them online. Taking “ownership” of one of the planks is one way to make a lifelong contribution to our new schooner and bring your friends, family, or company sailing with us next season!

So, pardon the commerical push but I think the late Charles Shultz would be OK with a little commericalism. See, I think it is indicated here:

Linus Van Pelt: [after Linus and Charlie Brown discover the little tree] Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?

Charlie Brown: This little green one here seems to need a home.

Linus Van Pelt: I don't know, Charlie Brown. Remember what Lucy said? This doesn't seem to fit the modern spirit.

Charlie Brown: I don't care. We'll decorate it and it'll be just right for our play. Besides, I think it needs me.

[picks up tree; a lot of needles fall off]
It is a little bit like the life of a wooden boatbuilder. Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

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