Difficult-looking housed dovetail joint
Ash and copper fastened blocks; bronze-bound bowsprit roller; finishing the 24ft bowsprit
Will Stirling of Stirling & Son has sent in some more photographs from the building of the Victorian-style cutter Integrity. Here’s what he has to say:
‘Integrity is coming on well. We are putting on her deck which has been an exercise in higher mathematics. It is tapered and swept so that the outboard planks follow the covering board yet the planks midships are on the centreline. A typically Victorian attitude of seeking the aesthetic with little regard for labour!
‘To us it seems relatively complicated; as one of the shipwrights wryly commented, perhaps that is why it died out! I shall send a photo of the sequence once it is all on.
‘Hope all continues well, best wishes,
Will and his colleagues are always up to something interesting, and he has a very interesting range of plans for traditional craft for sale. For more posts about Stirling & Son, click here.
Stirling & Son traditional yacht building and wooden boat repair is based at Tavistock, Devon. For more information see www.stirlingandson.co.uk.
4 thoughts on “Photos of Stirling & Son Victorian cutter build”
Small wonder that no one has classic boats built anymore. Must cost a million. It is the cost of labour that forces us to buid with epoxi nowadays. Simply no time for proper craftmanship.
Check out Luke Powell at Working Sail……. .www.workingsail.co.uk or summat. There's a man who can build a boat. Will Stirling worked for him for a time before leaving to build on
his own account.
Thanks for the link, Mike. Gorgeous!