September 25, 2013
Hello, and Welcome Aboard!
This is amazing; we still have to make a host of nautical solid-wood fittings and pulleys for L’Hermione. The more we study what we’ll need for the 2015 voyage, the more we have had to add new items absolutely necessary to complete our return to Rochefort. Currently, more than 150 nautical cleats and belaying pins – all of which help secure sails and rigging running from the masts– are already in place, but we need more. So we’ve been obliged to order still more from our crew of expert wood-workers and nautical artisans, as at least 280 of these wood pieces will be need for L’Hermione’s deck. Thanks to our talented wood-carvers, they are able to fashion both useful and esthetically beautiful fittings and pulleys.
As with each detailed aspect of our frigate, we undertake exhaustive research to insure we remain faithful to L’Hermione’s original design and construction.
Here, below, is one example, based on an engraving depicted in l’Encyclopédie Méthodique Marine, published in 1786:
1. The original 1786 engraving of a wooden cleat:
2. One of our team of woodworkers sanding the cleat.
3. And, voila!, the cleat in its proper place, doing its duty aboard!
Commander of the L’Hermione