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David Schweizer

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About David Schweizer

  • Birthday 09/29/1946

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Bradford on Avon
  • Interests
    General Joinery, Cabinet Work, and Restoring Antique Furniture.
    Collecting and researching the history. of old Woodworking Tools,
    Agricultural, Social, and Industrial History. Model Railways.
    Canal History
    Genealogical Research.

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  • Occupation
    Retired
  • Boat Name
    Formerly Helvetia, Sadly now with new owners

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  1. Long bows were made from Yew for centuries, but the English managed to deplete almost all the yew growing across Europe by the 1500's. Ash had always been used as a substitute but became the main timber until longbows were gradually superseded by Firearms.
  2. Was that film was not shot in the UK? I have never even heard of "Kroger" fuel.
  3. These people sell a range of replica lamps https://www.vehiclewiringproducts.co.uk/c-55-lighting/c-140-front-lamps?page=2 The 7" classic (near the bottom of the page) is similar to those preferred by the working boatmen. Or you could search for a genuine vintage Lucas "King of the Road" fog lamp, I got mine in a boot sale for a fiver.
  4. I suspect that if it slides onto it's mounting, it would be just as easy to remove steal.
  5. It depends on which Wikipedia page you read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_longbow
  6. In America, yes, but in the UK, and the rest of Europe, ash is used for tool handles, and far from it being brittle, it is very flexible.
  7. But as a timber Ash is very strong, and perhaps more importantly very flexible and shock resistant, which is why it is used for things like hammer, axe, spade, and chisel handles, it is also used for sports equipment like hockey sticks, baseball bats, rowing oars, archery bows, etc.
  8. All the drawings of working boats which I have show cants as being of Oak not Ash, probably because it has poor resistance to water Ash was used extensively in houses for interior stair treads, because of it's high wear durability, so it would depend on how wet the cabin step is likely to get.
  9. Thanks for posting that Tim, it took me back. 1965 was the year when I started on the Grand Union crewing, former working boat, Pisces. We passed Arcturus regularly when it operated through Cassiobury Park. A very Young Brian Nicholl steering, and was that an even younger Balliol Fowden doing the locks?
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  12. We had an external skin tank on Helvetia, intalled apparently because the original internal one developed an irrepairable leak. It worked perfectly well, and having feathered forward and trailinghedges, had no discernable effect on forward or reverse steerage.
  13. I will be watching it but, unfortunately, this weeks episode is being fronted by Matt Baker, who's presentation style hasn't changed much since his "Blue Peter" days
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