The block production started

With a not so enjoyable winter, building blocks in the shop turns out to be a great off season job.


We prepare the rough ash to make the rest of the blanks for our single blocks. Noisy job, but sweet to work with wood after years of steel work. All our wood is rough lumber out of the mill. Each board is picked especially for the blocks with no sap wood and with grain so it will be across the weight bearing pin.

Following a fair bit of planning, a few test pieces, the line of production is starting.
I started by a small batch of 6 blocks but we are looking at making at least 50 of these exact pulleyss, followed by a batch of double sheave pulleys, smaller pulleys, many pulleys…. I will soon be a master pulley maker.
It’s funny how this is bringing back memories of school when I was training as a machinist and learning to plan production fabrication. So it starts, today was fun, I’m expecting an other couple days before I get sick of making blocks¬†


Drilling for the pulley axle pin, this will also be the positioning reference for the rest of the pulley fabrication

Traditionally the rope strop grooves are chiseled out but I can’t bring myself to doing that many grooves in such artisanal way. A jig on the drill press will do the job just right.

I pin the two sides of the blocks together so to make the rest of the holes

The upper side of the sheave cavity is rounded, drilling a hole is simplest way to shape it.

Its starting to look like blocks

Bottom of the pulley, shaping the grooves where the rope drops out of the sheave

Finishing the sheave space


And on goes the production….


One Comment:

  1. Nice shots of a nice shop. If I squint and imagine the sails I can almost see Pepe Berrou going out to sea in the first pic.

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