Making the Mast, Spars, Rudder and Daggerboard
Before I could shave the mast I needed to make a bodger's horse. It has been a long time since I made one of these things. Very handy.
I headed out into the woods to look for a recently dead tree the right size and straight as an arrow. I did not want to take out a live tree if I could have avoided it. No luck. I found one the right size but it was decidedly not straight. I thought I could straighten in out when I carved it but it turns out there is very little room for this. Lesson: find a straight tree. So the mast will have a few minor curves in it. No worries -- it will definitely look hand carved.