Preview: How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 14 – Caulking Cotton

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As the series continues, Havilah Hawkins demonstrates how to traditionally caulk the skiff with caulking cotton.

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Havilah Hawkins uses traditional caulking irons to set caulking cotton into the seams of the skiff.
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Traditional caulking irons.

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4 Responses So Far to “How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 14 – Caulking Cotton

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    Dan Ramsey says:

    What is the approximate finished weight of this skiff?

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    Steve Branam says:

    I love the traditional rebar caulking irons! I assume soften it up with a torch, then swage it out with a small sledge on some kind of anvil? Then upset the head to flare it out for striking? Actually, probably need to do that step first before flattening out the blade.

  • Richard Greenway

    Richard Greenway says:

    A great primer for someone who has no experience caulking.
    Such as myself!

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    Bill Saunders says:

    Eric, for what it is worth, I was taught to thin the paint that is to be painted on the cotton caulking a bit, to help it penetrate and seal the cotton.


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