Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The beginning of two traditionally built Dorys

Grown Knees
 In the summer of 2012 we built two traditional Dorys. Dorys are measured by the length on their bottom and the ones we built are 15'. This means that they are approximately 20' in length. These were based on Gloucester Dorys with respect to the Lunenburg Dorys. We had some very basic plans of the 15' Lunenburg Dory and much more detail from John Gardner's Dory Book, of other Gloucester Dorys.
Getting wood from Heisler's Boatyard
We also had patterns from the The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for the frames, the stem and the transom and the benefit of their finished Dorys for measurement. Materials used are grown knees, Nova Scotia white pine, Nova Scotia red oak, copper nails and roves and of course some paint. The grown knees were obtained in the springtime from the Hatt's in Gold River and we took the museum patterns with us to make sure they fit. The pine which had to be long enough and wide enough to plank the boat (pieces were over 20' long and 10" wide), came from Michael Kelley. Some of the wood he had cut and sawn himself and other lumber came from his boatyard; Clarence R. Heisler and Son Ltd., on Gifford Island.
Transom and knees are set up on planked bottom
The red oak, also supplied by Mike had to be big enough for the tombstone transom, the stem, the gunwhale and the cap rail.

The Dory is started by planking the bottom and setting the 'rocker' which is the convex curve on the bottom of the Dory, the bow and stern are higher than the center of the boat.

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