December-January: We're taking a break on the boat, because it's too cold to work with the epoxy. But we're putting on a small show at Museum Lichtenberg im Stadthaus with the Lichtenberg Studios. We'll be on view.
The hull is now covered in 6-coats of epoxy and Diolen fiber. Rest assured, it will float. The final fairing is almost, almost, almost finished.
Here we are rolling out and soaking a monoacrylic biaxial fiber (Diolen) with epoxy resin. It will take several coats, with sanding in between each. The bow will require two-layers of the fabric. Where the Diolen overlaps, a ridge will appear that will require layers of thickened epoxy to be spackled on top. And so begins another round of fairing – both additive (with epoxy glazes) and subtractive (light sanding).
The second photo gives an impression of what it is to fair. Using a grinder, then belt sander, and finally hand-sanding with a longboard, the plywood sheets are sanded into one smooth contour. As a result, the layers appear as a topographical map and reveal the sanded areas.
Noticing the gender dynamic during the mayor's visit, one of the participants drew this revealing contemplation.
Left to right from top: Hassan Aji, Waalid Bara, Hanna Aljarada, Herr Tietze (Staatssekretär für Integration), Martin Myritz (Arbeitsvermittler Jobcenter), Michael Grunst (Bezirksbürgermeister Lichtenberg), Dr. Neumann (Geschäftsführer Jobcenter Berlin-Lichtenberg), Daniel Seiple, Maher Mohammed
We moved outside for fresher air... We're starting to use epoxy to adhere the layers of plywood and will soon wrap the boat in epoxy soaked cloth.
There's a lot time and patience required. Waalid is sitting at the tool bench on the left. In the last weeks, four new participants have started coming – bringing us to 8-participants. We're finding our working rhythm. Below you can see how Waalid comes into the process... waiting, studying the plans and checking out our bulkhead handiwork. Then he reveals that he knows the arithmetic for drawing the boat's master curve and makes a tool to do so.