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Framing the Hanson

framing 034I don’t believe that I could ever get tired of framing boats. It seems like the boat just appears in front of you. Of course it doesn’t. There has been a lot of work to get to this point. We have spent hours lofting, making molds, fitting and bolting the back bone together, but this is when it all comes together. You slather linseed oil and turpentine on the frames and get the steam box rolling. For a few hours you’re bending oak. It never ceases to amaze me how oak gives itself up to the bend. Then, at the end of the day, the shape you have been thinking about for months is there in front of you. Everything you do from this point just makes the boat come more alive. Now we move on to planking.