This past weekend was the 21st annual Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport.
We had a booth selling trunnels.
For $5.00 you could sign your name on a trunnel that will be used on the Morgan.
The short barrel on the ground has the ends of trunnels already installed on the Morgan. Everyone who signed their name could take one home.
I was only able to be there on Friday and we sold 165 trunnels before I left at 4:30.
This was a family affair. This couple’s son, standing to the left, is one of the people restoring the Morgan. He is also the man who makes most of the trunnels.
Across from us was an old style trunnel turning machine. When you turn the handle, the trunnel rotates and the weighted cutter falls as it cuts. For this they were using pine. The old cutter wasn’t sharp enough or durable enough for cutting black locust. Plus it’s hard enough to crank that thing using pine.
Another happy customer.