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The goal of this project was to create a functional logboat appropriate to early Medieval Ireland using period materials and tools (or functionally equivalent substitutes when necessary) and using techniques and following a sequence of operations seen in period examples.
It is a simple logboat of the canoe type made from a single sugar maple log (Acer saccharum) substituting for Irish oak (Quercus petraea). It is 2.14m long, 53cm wide and 31cm deep. It falls within the size range of known examples but is at the extreme short end of the length range.
It was made with hand tools (axe, adze, wedges, mallet, brace, spoon bits, string, chalk, charcoal, and knife), taking 30 hours of labor to complete.
Additional documentation for this project may be found on my blog at: