those planks looked bandsawed to me. straight saw lines arcross the grain.. Love that rudder!! I am the only one wondering about the weather helm? Gui what kind of wood is that?
I don't really know, but they mentioned carvalho, which I believe its oak. But not sure.
Its actually quite sad when you read about it...made me sad...
This was photos taken in 1991, when a crew filmed in July and August (2 months to build the boat), they then never had the money to finish the movie and edit it into a documentary.
Theses were the LAST BUILDERS of such boats in the traditional way. Their pay was food and shelter, while they made the boat.!!
Wood was free and the boat was built in the land of the owner, on the margin of the river.
They used bulls as cranes for everything except the launch, whose tradition required the man to pull her into the water, as a sign of respect.
Since then, the men have died, and with them the art of building a rabelo boat. The images...well they are there..somewhere...unfortunately never to be seen again....