I have begun milling the wood for future projects.
|10 foot Spruce logs sitting in my driveway. The one is a|
good 2 feet in diameter. (in the background is the
temporary boat barn that has now been up 5 years)
I think I could also make some long rowing oars with this wood. There is also the possibility of using it as planking in either a traditionally built boat or a strip plank hull.
|The first two planks are about 18 inches by 10 feet by 2 inches thick|
|I am making a lot of saw dust, or shaving. which will be stored and then used as litter for the chicken coop.|
|It is strange to see it looking more like lumber than a tree.|
I'd love to be able to build an entire boat this way, and maybe this is enough wood to actually do it. I don't know yet. The next boat I want to build would be my trailerable cruiser, so something in the 15 to 17 foot range. With 10 foot planks I suppose it is still possible with scarfs, or if I build a strip plank hull. A strip plank hull seems like a really good idea, It is still a wood boat but no need to worry about seams opening up if it is dry sailed and having a limited supply of long clear wood does not preclude that style of construction.
I have read that Spruce is not the best for rot resistance, but I have it and nothing lasts for ever anyway, and I am OK with that.
I think a good 9 foot set of oars will be the first thing to make, or a new mast for the skiff. We'll see.