The important things have been said many times over in many languages. We writers only add to the chorus. This is true as far as content, meaning, goes. But if the singing stops, the meanings will become confused and forgotten. So we have work to do.
Rebuilding. Touching up.
Here is the laminated hog bent over the molds and epoxied into the transom, ready to be beveled for the lowest two planks (the garboard strakes). West Marine epoxy is very strong. If you split apart a glued joint, the wood splinters and breaks before the epoxy. Before we epoxied and bent the hog into place, we steamed the aft three feet for half an hour with a steam iron.
Pam’s City, north by northwest in her houseboat
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all!
wide-set eyes, thick shoulders,
speaking quickly, “Sadly yes
he’s gone to glory, yes,”
that there is glory,
there is no doubt;
the path is there,
back-lit in his eyes.
The apron is in place, marked, and ready for the hog to be attached. The hog runs the length of the boat and is epoxied to the transom. After the planks are fitted, the outer stem, the keel, and the skeg will be attached to the apron and the hog.