HOWB 106 – Interview the Expert | Boat School Instructor Bruce Blatchley on Strip Planked Boat Building

by admin on October 3, 2013

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Strip Planked building expert Bruce Blatchley, instructor at the NW School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, WA.  This is the fourth of my Interview The Expert series of podcasts focused on 6 methods of boatbuilding: Carvel, Lapstrake, Cold Molded, Stitch and Glue, Strip Planked, and Skin-on-Frame.   I discuss each of these methods of construction in my eBook Get in the Wooden Boat Game: A Guide for Building Your First Boat which is available for $4.99 at this LINK.

With Strip Planked construction, a strongback (think of backbone) is constructed first and then molds (section shapes) are attached perpendicular to the strongback. The edges of the molds are beveled to the correct angle for each station in the hull. Next, the transom keel and stem are attached to the strongback, and narrow strips of wood (commonly cedar) are laid over the mold and glued to each other edge to edge. Once completely planked, the hull is faired and then sheathed with fiberglass cloth.

During the interview, Bruce discusses the following points on Strip Planked construction:

  • Description and history
  • Skill level required to utilize this method
  • Cost of this method versus other building methods
  • Time to build versus other methods
  • Special tools and materials required
  • Pros and cons

To listen to a previous podcast with Bruce check out HOWB022.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full Strip Planked Building interview with Bruce!

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

A small strip planked boat.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

A Strip Planked canoe.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

 

62' of strip planked cedar at the core of the Sliver hull

Bruce Blatchley directing work on the 62′ strip planked sloop “Sliver” at the NW School of Wooden Boat Building.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Sliver nearing completion at the NW School of Wooden Boat Building.  She is 62 feet of Strip Planked beauty!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Sliver nearing completion at the NW School of Wooden Boat Building. She is 62 feet of Strip Planked beauty! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

 

Thanks Bruce for taking time to record the interview.  Best to you all in your wooden boat adventures at the School!

Assembled SCAMP Kit for Sale
 Here’s the latest picture of my SCAMP progress.  To see full updates, costs and hours spent, go to HookedOnWoodenBoats.com/SCAMP. She is for sale as a fully assembled kit ($7,000).  Save yourself 200 hours and buy her assembled 😀

Foresail 1 on Sept 16, 2013.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Foresail 1 on Sept 16, 2013. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

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