The skeleton is much stronger and better looking than expected.
Bystanders make approving comments. I could wrap plastic around it and put it in the water right now, but those 260 lashings have gotten me into a really methodical state of mind.
The bend at the end of the stringers is pretty tight. I thought I might break the stringers, so I didn't cinch them down all the way. On the north coast of Papua I saw boards being bent for canoes just above the beach. The ends are the most work. They pile stones on the ends and lash them to take the sharpest bend they can. In the old days the end was a separate piece carved from a forked tree trunk. That was more work but didn't involve bending anything. The canoe builder said now that boards are easy to get he saves work by making the ends of his canoes thinner, but the old shape was better.
I'm trying to make these ends nice and fat. A naval architect would say "a high prismatic coefficient".
I had to go back to the mainland so I just trimmed the stringers to length and left them like this.
When I get back I'll see if they've taken the bend enough to lash down against the stem.
If they don't I'll do one of two things: I might bend new ribs for the ends that aren't so fat.
Or I might cut the stringers short so they don't reach the stem. Some kayaks and Umiaks are done that way.
I tied cord loops to the rafters and hoisted the canoe out of the way til I got back.
Continue the adventure with Sailing Canoe Chapter 4: Carve Outrigger and Break Tools