Janek took all the walnut blocking and installed it on the boat, while Justin notched out the ribs.
There is a sixteen-inch run between ribs five and six that gets one solid bit of walnut blocking to support the oar stands. It is on a straight-ish part of the boat, but there is a slight quarter-inch deflection in the gunwales. Usually we put a straight piece of walnut in and let the gunwales fight it out with the walnut. But walnut–especially 1-1/8″ walnut–usually wins out over the flimsier ash gunwales and makes a barely perceptible flat spot in the gunwale line. Which pisses me off. I’ve tried to cut that curve into the walnut before with marginal success. So today I just got cranky and got out the steam-bender and bent the goddam things. I doubt anyone in the world will notice this wee bit of anal-compulsive elegance, but I will.