Thursday, December 23, 2010
Spar Shop crew spent today placing the cant (pre-shaped log) into devices called "steady rests," which will hold the log that will become the schooner Zodiac's new mast as it's turned in the Shop's tracer lathe. The cant is about 117 feet long and 24 inches on a side and weighs upward of 10,000 pounds. Top: Volunteer Kevin Barton, left, and lathe operator Matt Bale prepare the cant for turning. Middle: Barton guides the lower half of the steady rest into place on to a set of rollers. Bottom: Barton makes adjustments to the top half of the steady rest, which is in place. The Spar Shop hopes to start actual turning on the lathe next week.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We've just finished milling the 127-foot cant for the new Zodiac mast at the Spar Shop. It's the long, thin, tan-colored object in the foreground of the above photo. A "cant" is a log that's been roughly shaped for turning in a lathe. In this case, the 24-inch by 24-inch cant will be mounted in the Spar Shop's tracer lathe early next week, and we'll start shaping it by mid-week. We expect the total process to take about 14 working days, give or take a day or two. If you include some time off for holidays, we're hoping to finish the turning early in the new year, barring any unforeseen difficulties. We'll keep you informed.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Upper photo: The logs are pulled into the front gate at Historical Seaport headquarters. Lower photo: The first log is moved into the main building, where it will be prepared for loading on the lathe.
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