HOWB 089 – Interview | Jay Smith on Trunnels and Nordic Boat Building

by admin on May 30, 2013

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Today’s interview is with Jay Smith of Anacortes, WA.  Jay studied Clinker boat building in Norway when he was in his 20’s then moved back to the US and has continued building traditional lapstrake boats for the last 30 plus years (for more on Jay’s personal history listen to my previous interview with Jay at HOWB 007).

One of the projects Jay is working on is a 56′ viking ship which is being being fastened with traditional hand made wooden trunnels.  Jay is machining the trunnels from Pacific Yew – a dense, rot resistant, and flexible wood, which was prized for long bow construction in midevil England.

In the fall of 2012, Jay traveled to Europe and and met with traditional boatbuilder John Macaulay of the Isle of Harris in Scotland.  John has been building all his life, and specializes in lapstrake construction that was influenced by the Vikings beginning in the 8th century.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Jay.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

Jay working on his Norwegian Faering.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Jay working on his Norwegian Faering. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Jay's custom built trunnel maker.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Jay’s custom built trunnel maker. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

 

Jay's vintage plumb bob with built in spool!  Jay's custom built trunnel maker.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Jay’s vintage plumb bob with built in line spool! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

 

Thanks Jay for doing the interview.  Best to you in all you ventures!  You can call Jay at 360 293-2034.

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