Take some bent sticks and some string and make a boat-shaped object.
We're going to take all those sticks and tie them together in the shape of a boat.
The keel and stems are tied to stiff T-shaped jigs to hold them in the proper shape.
The stringers are 3/8" x 3/4", the ribs are green branches from Kiawe (mesquite) trees as thick as I could make them without breaking during the bending process, which is about 1/2" thick.
There are 20 ribs. Each is lashed to the keel in the middle. They are also lashed to 5 stringers and 1 gunwale on each side. That's 13 X 20 = 260 lashings you're going to do. Think of it like knitting. It's going to take some time, even if you could do a lashing each minute. Get a good comfortable work environment and some good books on tape to listen to. Or some friends to talk and help. It goes a lot quicker with more hands. It doesn't make much mess or noise, so you can take your frame with you to any shady/secluded/sociable spot that suits you.
In this photo you can see some of the "bowstrings" that pull some of the ribs into the proper shape.
Continues from Chapter 1: Make the Deck, Keel, and Cockpits.
andChapter 2: Make Ribs
This episode is followed by:Chapter 4: Carve Outrigger and Break Tools
andChapter 5: Hull Frame FinishingChapter 6: Morton's OarChapter 7: Sew a Skin over the Hull Skeleton and Seal itChapter 8: Keel and Rub StripsChapter 9: DipaakakChapter 10: Independent SuspensionChapter X: Maiden Voyage
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