stem and fore knee assembly

The backbone is made out of some large bits of opepe. The piece for the keel weighed somewhere in the region of a ton and a half when it arrived. It was 34ft long and made for quite a struggle getting it into position in the shed. When it was in position I realised that the bow would be to the left as you entered the shed............ and I'd always imagined it the other way around.

In shaping the keel we converted two thirds of this into firewood and sawdust! The remaining third, now weighing in at a mere half a ton, was taken out and turned around so she's now bow to the right, as you can see from the picture of the stem and fore-knee assembly.

note the cow in the background with whom we are sharing the shed.