Caulking and Trunnel Making

Students will first view a time-elapsed video of the building of the schooner FAME that creates the context for how wooden boats have been built in Essex for the past 350 years.  Next, they will use hand tools to make their own tree nails or “trunnels,” the wooden pegs used to hold boats together.  Finally, they will practice the art of caulking or filling the seams between ships' planks in order to make vessels watertight.