Sunday, February 24, 2008
The steam box is used in order to make the planks pliable so they can take the extreame twist at the forward end. The process is a coordinated ballet between movers and clampers when the hot plank is removed from the sweatbox.
A port side plank is pulled from the hot box. The stem end is clamped and the plank is twisted to fit along it's sister and clamped while hot. The photographer is standing on top of the keel looking down. When the plank is cooled and dry, it will be planed to fit exactly and then riveted to the frames. You can see we are getting close to the closer plank, AKA the "whiskey" plank.