Picked up my copy of WoodenBoat at the post office this morning.
There's an article on Hatian boatbuilding - The Sloops Of Hati's North
Coast - subtitled: Vibrant trading fleet, scant resources. Some pretty
decent looking boats.
On page 52 is a picture of all the types of boatbuilding tools at a
boatyard in Cap Hatian:
chisel (a sharpened 1" bolt)
file (for sharpening blades)
I haven't read that story yet, so don't know if that's it, or if
thay have more than just one of each tool. I did notice it said the
most sophisticated tool used by all boatbuilders in a jack plane.
These aren't rowboats they're making, either. They're sailboats,
up to about 55' long. Lack of funds for bronze, stainless, or
galvanized, fastenings, means rebar is commonly used in their place.
They only put out 6 issues a year, but WoodenBoat is one of my
favorite magazines, and definitely my favorite woodworking magazine.
I'm not that much into sailboats, even tho I'd like to build a Catboat
one day, more into fishing type powerboats. But, almost drool over some
of the woodworking on some of the boats. If you've never looked at a
copy, you should. I'll probably be getting rid of most of my
woodworking magazines, and probably most of my woodworking books, in the
not too far future, but I'll be keeping my copies of WoodenBoat.
I'm busy now, can I ignore you some other time?