Another update on the progress of the bronze age Dover boat. Ancient woodworking specialist Damian Goodburn visited last week and declared this the most complex example of prehistoric woodworking ever reconstructed. Well there is a lot of headscratching and thinking involved and I have to say my understanding of the bronze age has been transformed. The Dover boat is very complex, even our half scale replica is a big boat requiring major team effort for several months, the full scale being twice as long, twice as wide and twice as thick would be 8 times as heavy so where each of our main timbers can be lifted by 3 people when fully thinned down the original would have needed 24 people. There is a whole lot of putting the boat together and offering timbers up, scribing the lines where they fit then taking apart again, time consuming and hard work but with 24 people per timber it becomes a huge undertaking.
The only previous attempt at this sort of work was the reconstruction of the Ferriby boat the team I am working with carved the timbers for that reconstruction but it was put together by modern shipwrights Geoff Bird. Geoff came down to see our work in progress and shared these photos of the Ferriby.