by Bob Comet
This peapod is a 1911 Maine lobsterman's boat.
Creating a building form
A full size peapod is constructed by bending thin frames over a temporary form and then adding planking, carvel fashion (edge-to-edge). The website for 'Downeast Peapods' has excellent photographs showing this method of construction. The same technique was used in the construction of this model, but given the size, the internal framework of forms and battens was replaced with a solid plug. The plug is built-up bread-and-butter fashion and then carved to shape using templates as guides.
Frames and planking
With the building plug complete the frames are bent over the plug, trapped at the top (as viewed, since it is built upside down) by the keel. The keel and ends of the frames are held temporarily in place with small nails and tacks. The stem and stern posts are built in two pieces to more easily form the rabbet. The plug has a block of wood attached to it so it can be held firmly in place with a bench vise.
Oars and fittings
Model Subject » Type » Vessel » Working » Fishing vessels
Model Subject » Propulsion » Pole/Oar
Model Subject » Era » (1815-1914) Late Sail / Early Steam
Model » Modellers » Comet, Bob
Model Subject » Length » 000-20 feet (0-6m)
Model Subject » Nationality » America (USA)