Sunday, May 2, 2010
Peter is working on a Shell Lake Mallard King. Shell Lake was a company in WI. and the Mallard King was a model of a duck boat. This boat is for Craig Carter all the way out in Leawood KS. The ash coaming for this boat goes all the way around the cockpit of the boat so it looks something like a very open kayak. This coaming is close to 16 ft long so its done in two pieces that are spliced together after they have been bent.
Both of these coamings had to have custom jigs built to bend the coamings over. The jigs are built to the inside shape of the curve so the coaming can be bent over the outside of the jigs. We do not try to bend the comings in place on the boats because in trying to bend the coaming inside the boat its way to easy for the hot wood to kink where the clamps are placed. Bending the hot, steam softened wood coaming over the outside of a smooth form is much easier and safer even if it does take a bit of time to make the custom forms.