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Sourcing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

For a little more than a year Rick Hearne sourced EXTREMELY long  and straight Jatoba logs needed for repair work being done on the Kalmar Nyckel, a tall ship docked in Wilmington DE. 

In summary, this adventure required:

  • Several trips to Central America in search of the perfect trees
  • A 12 hour road trip (the last 40 miles took 5 hours) to a remote sawmill to oversee the cutting--  And because of the logs' density and enormous sizes (trees averaged 22 feet long x 30 inches in diameter), the Jatoba had to be pushed through the mill by hand!
  • Some of the cants had to be shipped home in tact for dimensional cutting. 

 

Finished boards were clear ship plank grade and measured  3” x 20” x 20 feet!  ~  We were thrilled to play a tiny part in the preservation of a national treasure!

 

highway to jatoba

Highway to Jatoba

tree hunting

Tree Hunting

tree hunting

The Jatoba destined for the Kalmar Nyckel (Did you notice the people at the base of the tree?!)

its thick

The jungle is thick!

tree hunting

watering hole

"Watering Hole"

watch dog

"Watch Dog"

Kalmar Nyckel jatoba logs

Kalmar Nyckel Jatoba Logs

Kalmar Nyckel logs

Rick Hearne with the Jatoba logs for the Kalmar Nyckel

highway to the Atlantic

Highway to the Atlantic

fixing an axel

Fixing an Axel

lunch time

Lunch - Yum!

stocking up at market

"Stocking Up"

good night

"Good Night"

market in the morning

Market in the Morning

boys and trucks

Boys and Their Trucks

ship plank quality logs

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

soup time

"Soup Time"

tough Jatoba

Jatoba needs a push / Tough Jatoba

ship planking

Ship Planking

the crew

The Crew

all work and no play

All Work and No Play...

Home Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Home! - Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel

Sawing Ship Plank Quality Jatoba for the Kalmar Nyckel - 3" x 20" x 20'!

 

 

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