All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, January 15, 2007

Boat-Building Webcam

You can watch Paul Rollins Sr. and Jr. build a 56-foot schooner in a York barn on this webcam. Or read about them in today's Press Herald.
While Rollins Sr. looks on, his son lays down one last steaming hot white oak plank to complete the boat's frame. They chose white oak (which is indigenous to Maine though no longer plentiful) because it's sturdy, and shock- and rot-resistant.

Rollins Jr. switches up the drill bit, gives it an aim, and buries it into a knot in the wood.

"He's been trying to drag me into the business forever. Now I realize how much my dad has put into doing this every day," Rollins Jr. says, choosing his words carefully. "There is so much more to it than I thought." [Link]

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