Duncan has sent a number of photos of the last stages of the build. He has selected a lovely bit of naturally-curved timber for the tiller:-
and when varnished up and fitted, it looks the part:-
Meanwhile the stemhead and stern have been shaped
The portable footrest blocks being made and fully finished:-
Duncan then worked at the oar fitting along the gunwale. For skiffs, these are not simple rowlocks, but an old technique for securing the oars is used. A “routh” is the term for the shaped, re-inforced hole into which the “kabe” is placed, the kabe being a peg against which the power of the oar stroke presses. The oar is held in place with a rope called a humlieband. Here is the entire assembly.
A final bit of painting now needs to be done, and the club needs to source some sets of oars.
Well done, Duncan!