December-January: We're taking a break on the boat, because it's too cold to work with the epoxy. But we're putting on a small show at Museum Lichtenberg im Stadthaus with the Lichtenberg Studios. We'll be on view.
The hull is now covered in 6-coats of epoxy and Diolen fiber. Rest assured, it will float. The final fairing is almost, almost, almost finished.
Here we are rolling out and soaking a monoacrylic biaxial fiber (Diolen) with epoxy resin. It will take several coats, with sanding in between each. The bow will require two-layers of the fabric. Where the Diolen overlaps, a ridge will appear that will require layers of thickened epoxy to be spackled on top. And so begins another round of fairing – both additive (with epoxy glazes) and subtractive (light sanding).
The second photo gives an impression of what it is to fair. Using a grinder, then belt sander, and finally hand-sanding with a longboard, the plywood sheets are sanded into one smooth contour. As a result, the layers appear as a topographical map and reveal the sanded areas.
Noticing the gender dynamic during the mayor's visit, one of the participants drew this revealing contemplation.
Left to right from top: Hassan Aji, Waalid Bara, Hanna Aljarada, Herr Tietze (Staatssekretär für Integration), Martin Myritz (Arbeitsvermittler Jobcenter), Michael Grunst (Bezirksbürgermeister Lichtenberg), Dr. Neumann (Geschäftsführer Jobcenter Berlin-Lichtenberg), Daniel Seiple, Maher Mohammed