Sunday, February 25, 2007

Construction of First Segment

To improve the look of the wings I have decided to add some complications to the design. The most major of these is going to be turning every spar on my test model into a rather complex multi-part segment. These will be constructed of red cedar spars, and yellow cedar spreaders. The red cedar I was fortunate enough to source from a local boat builder named Don Gardner, who had it left over after building a 26' birch bark canoe for the Glenbow Museum. The spars are made by hammering a knife into the end of the thicker wood and splitting down till I get the size I need. This ensures that the grain runs straight and helps reduce breakage. Once cut, the spars and the spreaders are assembled by hand using sailmakers twine.

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