Ice Yacht "Windward" salvage parts from old hollow backbone. Early Buckhout construction technique.
Hollow bronze Merriman Brothers cleats and cast iron mast step.
Forged iron bow fitting.
Section of old bowsprite
Salvaged bronze hardware
Salvaged bronze hardware from the iceyacht "Windward"
Brass and bronze steering runner bushing / gland
Classic forged iron hardware with lignum vitae fairlead eye
Bronze jaw set for gaff
Robert Pulsch's (Bob's) latest construction project at his shop -- Bob was the lead builder of the Rocket reconstruction project.
Bob's latest construction project at his shop -- deck beams starting to be installed. Outdoor steel framed canopy on a wooden deck (with another set of 72" doors to the shop) protects the project during construction.
Bob's latest construction project at his shop -- hull is primed and painted.
Bob's latest construction project at his shop -- centerboard trunk almost complete.
Steambox gas fired generator
24 inch bandsaw in the shop
Heated shop -- gas fired infrared heaters in ceiling (not visible in photo). Joiner, radial arm saw, well lit workbench, 60" double doors, small band saw, table saw
Lathe, drill press, 72" double doors. Note old shipwrights adze in ceiling.
Another one of Bob's boats.
Rocket's home -- a 40 foot shipping container with the newly added pocket extension to accommodate the backbone.
Everything now fits up against the wall. Note the traditional handmade and served Liverpool eyesplices on all the shrouds done by John Holian.
Mast on top rack, gaff and lower half of backbone in middle rack, boom and upper half of backbone on bottome rack.
The new pocket extension to allow the backbone to fit up against the wall with the doors closed.
The finish looks just like varnished wood, but it is actually a very fine mesh of fiberglass and epoxy. Mark Peterson spent weeks wet sanding this to perfection with 600 and 1200 grit paper to achieve this high level of finish.
John Holian -- Rocket Ice Yacht Foundation President -- inspects the day's accomplishments. Lots of room now that things are tucked up to the wall instead of being diagonal across the length of the big shipping container.
All that rigging on the mast is heavy!
Lightweight gaff due to hollow construction.