Preview: TALLY HO – Episode 72: Bilge Stringers / Oak problems!

Watch 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.

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    Kenelm Russell says:

    Do you have a copy of the Textbook of Wood Technology by Brown Panshin and Forsaith? See page 544 for a good description on how to separate white oak from red oak. I dug out my old wood technology textbook from my 1960 class at U Minnesota and checked the differences. The most reliable difference between the two oaks is that the white oak “summerwood pores are thin walled, more or less angular, not sharply defined with a handlens. Red oak summerwood pores are plainly visible with a hand lens, thick-walled, rounded.” I grew up in Wisconsin and remember the very open and distinct pores in our red oak firewood we cut behind the house. The white oak has tyloses which plug the vessel cells and help deter fungus mycelium from easily passing through them and causing rot. Red oaks have few or no tyloses and one can easily blow through a piece of wood for some distance. Leo, you made an excellent decision to remove the suspect beams and replace them. I have experienced red oak rotting very quickly, once infected with decay fungi.

    Tyloses are a sac like or cystlike structure that form in the vessel cells. There is a thorough discussion of tyloses in the book on page 209.

    Kenelm Russell, Forest Pathologist

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    John McCarthy says:

    Another great video. Leo has extraordinary patience. I can’t imagine having the patience to redo all that deck structure.