Boatbuilding tools and planemaking

My friend Peter Helland Hansen, who builds clinker built boats at Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter, is a lover of traditional handtools. He has done extensive research on local tools in Hardanger and made his own tools based on his findings. He uses mostly handtools and traditional workbenches in his work. This winter Kate McMillan, a scholarship student from Yale University, is doing her research in the small boats workshop. As a part of her research she has her own blog where she writes and draws about the work in the workshop and the tools that are used in the different parts of the building process. I think the drawings contains a lot of relevant information about the work and the tools. This is a good example of how you could explain and illustrate rather complex working processes and workshop interiors.

A drawing of the small boats workshop at Hardanger fartøyvernsenter. Drawing by Kate McMillan
A drawing of the small boats workshop at Hardanger fartøyvernsenter. Drawing by Kate McMillan

Kate did also join a 3 days workshop in planemaking earlier this winter. She has made some drawing that explain the different stages in the work and the tools involved. This workshop was led by Jarle Hugstmyr from Norsk Håndverksinstitutt and the drawings illustrate how he tought the participants in this workshop. The drawing below could be followed by a description in text to further explain the different stages of the making of a wooden plane? I do hope Kate and Peter will do some more work on this planemaking instruction. You can  see more drawings from the planemaking workshop on the blog:

http://www.kategmcmillan.com/blog-post-1

Drawings that illustrates how to make your own traditional handplane. Drawing by Kate McMillan
Drawings that illustrates how to make your own traditional handplane. Drawing by Kate McMillan

About Roald Renmælmo

Snikkar med fokus på handverkstradisjon og handverktøy. Universitetslektor og PhD stipendiat på NTNU i Trondheim. Eg underviser på tradisjonelt bygghandverk og teknisk bygningsvern og restaurering.

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