It’s getting better all the time. Yes, a good day’s carving today. I have circumnavigated the rot, if you’ll excuse the nautical terminology!
The “lump” is now on its side and the base is marked out for shaping.
It wasn’t good that it was starting to move as I was applying the chainsaw so I have screwed it to the “bench”. Those large holes you can see are where the keel bolts fixed this part of the keel to the rest of the boat. I’ll have to fill those since they are not part of my sculpture plan.
The teak is quite tough so in order to shape it roughly I have chosen to cut into the profile with the chainsaw and then mostly to chisel out the waste wood. This was easy where the wet and rotten wood is but a lot tougher on the dry good wood.
As the side started to take shape I used an electric planer to smooth down to the chainsaw cuts.
These stills, by the way, are taken from the timelapse video I am compiling of the whole sculpting process. So far I have a shot for every 10 seconds of activity!
A good day today. Tomorrow I’ll start all over again on the port side.