Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 19: Milling Live Oak in the Deep South

April 10, 2018

Maynard Bray

Try watching Leo Goolden as he brings back the 47’ teak-planked TALLY HO to the glorious gaff cutter she was when launched over a hundred years ago in England. This vessel, designed by Albert Strange, lies under a shed in Sequim, WA, that Leo built next to the shop/apartment he rejuvenated—helped out occasionally by Poncho the parrot and Brian the dog.

The backstories, and there are many, can be found on Leo’s website, his Facebook postings, and on the Albert Strange Association’s TALLY HO pages.

In addition, Leo wrote a piece on TALLY HO for SOUNDINGS Magazine - "Tally Ho, Adventure! The Quest to Put a 1927 Fastnet Winner Back on the High Seas".

April 8, 2018 - Episode 19: Milling Live Oak in the Deep South

Leo takes us to Steve Cross’s sawmill in Iron City, GA, where live oak flitches are being sawn out and selected for Tally Ho’s frames. Live oak, once cut and shaped, lasts nearly forever and is very strong. But converting it from logs isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Leo believes that Steve Cross might be the only source anywhere that’s actively cutting live oak these days.

Density, interwoven grain, and crookedness of the logs keep other mills from producing live oak timbers despite there being a great abundance of useable trees.

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