Several of us were chatting with an experienced wooden ship builder yesterday, hoping we might have an opportunity some day to work with him. With plans laid out on the table, we were discussing our carpentry experience. He related an anecdote.
It seems another shipwright was assembling a volunteer crew to build a wooden sailing vessel. An experienced house carpenter came by to offer his assistance. The carpenter was well respected for his fine work, and had built a number of local houses.
One of the first things the carpenter did was pull out his framing square. The shipwright looked at the square, then at the carpenter, and said, "Son, I don't think we'll be able to use you."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022111.htm.