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04-07-2016
Gislinge Project Update: To date, saw marks have never been found on ship finds from the Viking and early Middle Ages, even though small saws from this period have been found archaeologically. Logs were cleaved rather than sawn. Cleaving splits the oak along its fibres, so the wood retains its natural strength. Cleaving involves the use of wedges, mallets and axes, and the log is first cleaved in half, then quarters, eighths, sixteenths, and very occasionally, 32-parts. These cleaved pieces are then shaped with axes to form the finished planks. Heres a short film from the first day of cleaving.

Gislinge II TV
The launch of the third Gislinge Boat
The launch of the third Gislinge Boat
Gislinge project update: The linen sail
Gislinge project update: The linen sail
Trænagler
Trænagler
Gislingebåden: Opvarmning af planker
Gislingebåden: Opvarmning af planker
Hugning af planker
Hugning af planker
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