La Curieuse - Part 12
Hark I do declare they are asking "whats 'appened to ole Dave Petts"?
Well I've been sailing. Not on the briney I might add but on the dining room table making sails.
Yes unlike at least one member I do not have a resident sail maker. Not that I'm the slightest bit envious of course. Confidentially and out of respect I won't mention Gerry Torvell's name of course.
Pic 1 Shows the last of my sail material. As it was all a bit scrumbled and as it was raining at the time I hung it out to get nicely wet. Once soaked I hung it under our canopy to dry over night. Note the pegs at the bottom to give a wee bit of stretch.
Pic 2 The ironed material laid out.
Pic 3 The sails cut out ready to be made up with the Hi tack "dress makers" glue as I call it. The actual sail size is increase with two 5mm lines. The outer line is given a coat of the glue which allows for a crisp line to be cut ie no fraying. The first line is folded over to give a hem them folded again to the actual sail size outline. All folds are done using a steel ruler and a steam iron.
Durability? Yeah as a couple of my models are 10/12 years old with no sign of the edges coming apart.
Pic 4 Prior to the last fold the "bolt rope" is installed. On a real boat the bolt rope is stitched to the outside of the sail.
Pic 5 A completed sail.
Pic 6 The made up sails dry attached to the model.