Some of the new vocabulary to learn when restoring a National Historic Landmark schooner.
Task – Restoring the Shrouds on Adventure
Shrouds: support cables from the masts to starboard and port sides. Adventure has 12; 6 of which have been finished!!!!
Worming: wrapping waxed hemp twine in the 6 spiraling grooves along the twisted steel cable that form the core of the shrouds
Slush: various tar mixtures that are spread on the shrouds throughout the different stages (definitely not the yummy icy stuff)
Parceling: wrapping muslin cloth strips around tarred shrouds
Serving: twisting waxed hemp twine over muslin layer – VERY TIGHTLY. (Thank goodness for the unknown genius who invented the serving mallet to help speed this along!)
Simple poem to help remember the process –
Worm and parcel with the lay
Turn and serve the other way