I have been off the forums for a while whilst building a bronze age boat in Dover. It was the most amazing project to be involved in and three months hard graft culminated in a manic week last week with working 7am Thursday to 4am Friday then 8am Friday to 2am Saturday to get ready for the launch. Time Team were there for much of the project filming for a special which will probably go out in the Autumn.
This was back in February hewing the first timbers.
Bronze axes and adzes with rawhide lashings
beginning to look like boat timbers
adze at work
Tony Robinson inspecting proceedings
casting bronze tools
carving the stern piece
beginning to fit it all together, this is around 1 am last Thursday night, Phil stuck with us lending a hand until after 2am.
here you can see the way the two base timbers are joined with wedges hammered across through a raised rail. It seems a bizarre jointing system but then this is 1550BC so 2000 years earlier than Viking ships and 3000 before the Mary Rose.
4am and the base 4 planks are sewn together.
next day was my birthday so Time Team folk provided us with lots of red bull, ginger beer and cake, real woodworkers sharpen their pencils and cut their cake with axes.
1 am teabreak
great teamwork stitching the last planks and laths into place.
crazy tiredness but a great team spirit and determination to be ready for the launch just kept us going somehow.
still working as the marquee filled with press the next morning
and finally she was on the trailer ready to go off for the launch
Off she went hotly pursued by Time Team crew whilst we were left behind to tidy up the site and put the tools away.
Launch itself was not so successful but never mind, it was the most amazing woodworking project I have ever been involved in and is now off to form the centrepiece of a major bronze age exhibition touring to France, Belgium then back to UK.
Lots more photos on my [url="http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=dover&max-results=20&by-date=true"]blog[/url]