Sloop Scoop 6: Futtocks Frames and the Search For Carriage Bolts
The crew is humming along in Albany, the longer days a sure sign of spring and sails to come…
Many of the shipwrights have been focusing on making and installing frames these past few weeks. If the keel is the backbone of the sloop, the frames are the ribs coming out of it. Each runs from the keel to the sheer, the outboard, uppermost hull plank. The Clearwater uses the double-sawn frame technique in which each frame consists of many sections, called futtocks, put together to create the curve of the hull.
For framing we use the ship saw to create the bevel that matches the curve of the hull. Once it is time for planking, we use the steam box to bend the wood to the curved hull shape.