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Mast Hoop Leathering   

Among nautical crafts, few traditions are as obscure and wonderful as the art of the mast hoop: thin wood strips bent in seemingly impossible diameters, riveted around the mast, covered with leather, and lashed to the sail. When we call Hjørdis a traditionally-rigged schooner, these hoops are part of what we’re talking about.

The oak hoops have been bent and riveted; the task left is to wrap in leather and stitch. The leather will provide a degree of chafe protection and prolong the newly painted masts. Learn about the process of sewing leather using cross or baseball stitch. Your work will be on display on Hjordis for years to come. No experience required.

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