Selecting Timber


The material available to build traditional wooden vessels is always key to the success of the build. Materials have a wide ranging impact on the build process and the finished boat. The design of the structure, the way they work, the techniques required to use them and how they are finished and maintained are all factors which the traditional boatbuilder must consider when choosing the most suitable material.

Through a working life, detailed experience of wood and how to select and use it is built up. So the aim of this section is to just to have a discussion based on the experience of a skilled shipwright around the subject of timber selection.

The conversation with the shipwright, in this case Chris Rees, is unscripted and covers his thoughts on the topic of selecting timber from his experience.

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Part 1:

  • The backbone (keel, stem, stern, deadwoods)
  • Framing (frames and floors)
  • Planking
  • How timber is cut up
  • Deck beams
  • Covering boards
  • Knees
  • Decks

Part 2:

  • Parts of an oak plank
  • Buying wood
  • Planning the supply of wood for a project
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