Two years ago I helped a friend to fix two big wooden masts on his schooner and a guy called Andrej was so impressed that a 16 boy was prepared to help without asking, that he promised that he would draw me a project of a 7.5m wooden sailing boat. And .... I was very happy.
My Idea was to build a Westsystem wooden boat. And I started without any knowledge.
We did some mistakes at the beginning, but with God's help we solved almost all the problems.
Mistake nr. 1
I didn't know where to find oak wood. Our friend Blaž had 1m3 of iroko and we took it. It would be better not to hurry that much and find some other kind of wood. :( Iroko bends with difficulty, and it breaks frequently. But it also have a lot of good caracteristics. One of them is: water resistant. :)
So I saw 700 strips on a spetial machine in Žiri (by Lesko d.o.o.). Blaž was very kind to borrow it. In 1 day i walked arond 5 km from one side of the machine to the other ..... After 1 day the wood was ready to be transported.