We’re Gettin’ There

31 Mar

If you’ve been wondering what’s been happening in beautiful Iuka Mississippi, well, I really don’t have much to report.  Boyd is steadily making progress with all the bits and pieces needed to prep the boat for the incoming fuel and holding tanks, and putting back the water tanks.  He has also been working on cleaning up the prop shaft and shaft tube. I’m not that I’d mentioned the fact that we have noticed that the shaft tube was in poor condition; well, Boyd has been researching the problem and has figured out some very innovative solutions. Meanwhile, I have been trying to get my arms around the art and science of restoring and maintaining “brightwork” (that’s what seafaring folk call wood, if you were wondering).

…and just so ya’ know, Bushranger is pretty much covered in wood – teak to be exact.  True, she has a fiberglass hull, and bits and pieces of her have been modified over the years. Fortunately, she still  retains much of her brightwork. Unfortunately, I have entered into this with zero knowledge of brightwork – and it is QUITE a science!

I have started my education with a book that is almost the bible for brightwork called ‘Brightwork – The Art of Finishing Wood’ by Rebecca J. Wittman.

And it is actually a really easy read. Rebecca Wittman has a lovely way of expressing herself; she loves telling stories and often has her tongue firmly in her cheek. Unfortunately, even after reading her book, I am totally intimidated. It is a very complicated process involving heat guns, chemicals, sharp tools, and lots of safety equipment. On top of all that, after reading the book you get the distinct impression that brightwork restoration is very ‘fiddle-ie’ work.  So, I have decided that I need to continue my education before attempting this – I have ordered the second book from Ms Wittman called ‘The Brightwork Companion’. This second book is a little less intimidating.  It is for the weekend warrior who wants to do the best he/she can with limited resources. I think that the second book is much more ‘me’; that first book seemed to think I might want to open a boat refinishing business.

Anyway, I am getting closer to attacking Bushranger’s woodwork…but not there yet…

2 Responses to “We’re Gettin’ There”

  1. jdepodwin April 1, 2012 at 11:22 #

    Good to see things are moving along. But I think perhaps getting someone else to do the
    “brightwork” might be a good idea. Who needs to use heat guns and chemicals while living in a sunny spot on the lake???

    • The Robinsons April 1, 2012 at 12:39 #

      Hummm….I’m thinking that it might be a fun hobby once I master it….

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