Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Question on strike buttons *PIC*

William Duffield
You can do what I did. I volunteered to do woodworking demonstrations at a festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, MD and begged some gnarly scraps from their shipwrights. They are building a replica of the Maryland Dove, and all the structure of the hull is live oak.

This shows a very small part of what they needed for their ship.

All the wooden boat builders and restorers source their Quercus virginiana timber from one sawyer in Georgia. Here is a YouTube video of another restorer's adventure in obtaining their live oak. It has been a while since I watched the video, but I think there is enough contact information in the video to locate the saw mill. Note that the oak they supply is unseasoned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH37Dep0cvU&t=993s

I'm planning to use most of mine for tool handles, but it is no where near straight grained, and therefore I don't expect it would be optimum for plane bodies.

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