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Old 04-12-2012, 13:05   #1
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Classic Blocks, Who Makes Them Anymore?

I always loved the old SouthCoast Blocks, but they are so hard to find now and always in such sad shape. I want to outfit my boat with classic blocks, but would prefer to steer away from wood. Anyone have any suggestions? Also, if I have to go wood, anyone know who sells straps and sheaves or unfinished blocks? Thanks in Advance.
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

Classifieds in Wooden Boat has multiple answers for you.
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

Browse here: Toplicht. You may find things you like.

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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

Blue Pelican Marine Nautical Consignments - Home always has a beautiful selection of old gear in good to excellent shape. I often stop to look at the wood stuff ; -) Don't need it but it is pretty!
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

Hervey Garrett Smith's "The Marlinspike Sailor" and Bruce Bingham's "The Sailors Sketchbook" both have details and dimensions for making a range of wood shell blocks.
In thinking about it, I would say that making all the blocks out of Ash for my Friendship sloop build was probably the most enjoyable part of the build.
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

I've made lots of them -- all due respect to my Friend Bruce and Hervey, but their designs, with metal straps and all are needlessly complicated. Rope strops are the way to go. Always have been and the 'Yacht Jewelery' makers are seeing the light as well.

The last batch I made with hard Doug Fir plywood laminations, epoxy saturated of course. This is a bit easier than mortising solid wood blocks. Delrin sheaves. Stainless rod axles, a rope grommet and Bob's your uncle.
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

check here. Stoneage Antiques the Nautical Place in Maimi. ask them for photos or tell them what you are looking for. If you are in the area, you could easily spend a very long day in this place. They have stuff you didn't know you needed.
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I've made lots of them -- all due respect to my Friend Bruce and Hervey, but their designs, with metal straps and all are needlessly complicated. Rope strops are the way to go. Always have been and the 'Yacht Jewelery' makers are seeing the light as well.

The last batch I made with hard Doug Fir plywood laminations, epoxy saturated of course. This is a bit easier than mortising solid wood blocks. Delrin sheaves. Stainless rod axles, a rope grommet and Bob's your uncle.
Rope- stropped the running backstay blocks.
For the morticed blocks, just cut the mortice in a piece of long stock, and lay out your cheeks and fillers along the groove. Simple.
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Rope- stropped the running backstay blocks.
For the morticed blocks, just cut the mortice in a piece of long stock, and lay out your cheeks and fillers along the groove. Simple.

Sounds really nice. How about the pictures?
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

Pete Langley at Port Townsend Foundry can help you I'm sure.
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Re: Classic Blocks, who makes them anymore?

The Friendship is long gone, but have some that I made on Bluestocking. Off island for a while, will post photos when I strip them for refinishing in a few weeks.
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Ording Elm Block, Single With Becket | Ording Blocks | Blocks | Traditional Rigging | R&W Rope

I remember seeing pictures of these with sterling silver coins soldered on in place of the pin ends.





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Arthur Dauphinee in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Will make whatever you want with a bit more of a workboat finish and a better price than European makers. He only takes orders by phone and you'd better know how to describe exactly what you want.
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Arthur Dauphinee in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Will make whatever you want with a bit more of a workboat finish and a better price than European makers. He only takes orders by phone and you'd better know how to describe exactly what you want.
x10. Old school artisans for sure.
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