Hand Tools Archive

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.


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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