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Friday, September 8 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Try Corking a Boat

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Caulking, or Corking in some parts of the world; is a very important part of making the wooden boat waterproof.
You can try your hand at it in the boat shop on our corking board throughout the festival.

Traditional caulking (also spelled calking) on wooden vessels uses fibers of cotton and oakum (hemp fiber soaked in pine tar). These fibers are driven into the wedge-shaped seam between planks, with a caulking mallet and a broad chisel-like tool called a caulking iron.
The caulking is then covered over with a putty, in the case of hull seams, or else in deck seams with melted pine pitch, in a process referred to as paying.

Friday September 8, 2023 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT