The scary thing was trying to make these giant angular cuts through solid oak on my table saw and actually making cuts one and two meet in the middle. Somehow it worked. Cuts three and four were not quite as scary, but still, I kissed my table saw afterward. Oh brave and mighty machine. If anyone has a use for 36 feet of the very odd-shaped scrap material that came out of this cut, let me know. It’s still a lot of oak.
Gaylord Staveley, Norm Nevills’s son-in-law, stopped in this afternoon. What a treat. He has spent a lot of his life digging around river history, Nevills in particular. We had a good bull session on the various mysteries of how Nevills actually figured out how to build these things. Here are Gaylord and nephew Greg in Moe’s cockpit.