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Woodworking

Although modern boats tend to have less wood, no-one can imagine a vessel without any woodwork at all.
In the marine environment the woodworker's creation is subjected to new challenges that add a unique aspect to the trade. The beautiful job that you are so proud of may be either battered by salty wind or spray, or beaten accidentally with a brass shackle.  On other occasions, it may become trapped in a bilge where moisture accumulates to rot most items in its path. 

Another unique aspect of the woodworking trade in this industry are the complex shapes and styles that are defined as "Maritime" or "Yachty". It takes creative visualization to anticipate how an item will look and fit into a space where nothing is square.

There are different phases of carpentry in boat building: 

bulletRough carpentry is when the basic interior or exterior shape of something is 'roughed out' using framing and paneling
bulletFinish carpentry is when skins and/or trims are added to the rough panels.  This also includes making hardwood parts, and applying varnish or paint.  A person that specializes in this type of work is known as a Finish Carpenter.  His fine woodwork brings a level of warmth and elegance to a vessel that is unsurpassed.

Another term occasionally used for a marine woodworker is Shipwright.  The original meaning of the word was someone who had the know-how to build a wooden vessel from 'frames to spars' (from the beginning to the end).  Today, the term still has the same meaning, but it is often misused to describe builders of vessels constructed from materials other than wood. The latter are correctly called boat builders or ship builders.  

 



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