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Shop Tips & Tricks #26: Naturally Grown Wooden Crooks and Knees

09-11-2019 08:33 PM by GnarlyErik | 1 comment »

The subject of wooden ‘crooks’ (naturally grown ‘knees’) seems esoteric today, but some people may be interested. After all, when we allow all the ‘old school’ crafts and skills to be forgotten, they will need to be re-learned if they’re ever needed again, won’t they? Old School boatbuilders usually called grown crooks either ‘crooks’ or ‘knees’, and used them extensively as knee brackets and bracing to strengthen and reinforce ‘joins’ of two components which meet a right angles, or near right angles. Examples would be where a ship’s deck beam joins a hull frame – and gets a ‘hanging knee’ to tie the two parts together and provide bracing. When the knee is horizontal ...

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