Spars and details

Making a pole

We started making the pole.  Since this spar is the smallest we used it as tryout before working on the real stuff like the yard and and mast. They are all made of Oregon Pine which is pretty hard to get around here. It took a while but luckily we found some nice planks.

Sanding the pole.

Using a sand belt inside out.

Esger made de drum for the dril.

The pole is done sanding and we are pleased with the result.










After three layers of DD-lacker we applied hoists to the pole ends and satiated them with varnish and covered the pole with 5 layers of clear varnish.


Belay pin

We made a brass belay pin for the stem. 

A steam bend ensign staff

While we were waiting for a wood order so we started making a steam bend ensign staff out of scrap wood.

Using the lathe Esger made an ensign staff out of a strip of American Ash wood. It will be placed at the end of the tiller.

Making the cap out of Wengé wood. (A small piece was laying around in the shed for more than 30 years!)

Steaming the tip of the ensign staff in our improvised steamer.

Bending it on a mould wrapped with strips of rubber from a car inner tube.

The ensign staff done and placed at the and of the tiller.

Making the Yard

We glued five planks of Oregon Pine together for making the Yard.

Planing it  down to 6 X 6 CM

Using a improvised line helping tool

The blocks we made for gluing the stem came in handy again.

Now it was easy to make it octagonal

The octagonal end.

Using a spook shave to make it more  or less 16 angular.

Sanded with a reversed sand belt.

Two wooden stopblocks to prevent the hoist line slipping.

Socking the yard  in Owatrol Decks 1 Olje 

Stitched some leather around the yard after socking the leather in warm water first.

Made a loop (or noose) for the Yard

Here you can see the wooden stopblocks underneath  the leather

The Sail

Rik Huisman from  "Huisman Zeilen" is a friend of us and he made this beautiful sail for our Ilur.

We laid it down in our yoga studio and laid the yard beside it to see how it would look. We are very pleased!

Making a traveler

Making a traveler out of brass  wasn't easy. It was hard to bend the rod in a smooth circle. We used a plate mill to do so.

Pleased with the fine silver soldering.

At home we still had some small leather swatches to chose from.

Cutting the leather

I made an overlap to cover the entire ring.

A first attempt covering the traveler with leather didn't work out too well. I didn't realise the leather strip would shrink in lengt when you sew the sides together.


The second attempt I used a diamond stitch often used by English folks making a steering weel covers for their sports cars.

It worked out great and I am pleased with the result.

Making the mast

The mast is also made out of 5 Oregon Pine planks. We inserted two plywood sheets at the location of the pulley to avoid tearing.

The long work bench Esger made now came in handy

Planed it square and right-angled 

We drilled a 12 mm hole for the axle before we started shaping the mast so it would be straight.

Roughly shaping the mast using a power plane

Making it octagonal.

Here you can see the foot of the mast.

A whole day of planing and sanding with the reversed sand belt on the dril.

Finally it is round! 

After painting the tip of the mast  white we attached the sheave and made two brass plates to protect the axle. 

We also placed a smal brass bracket in case we want an extra line in the mast.

We now apply lots of layers of Decks 1 Olje












A leather protection cuff attached to the bottom of the mast

It is September 2021 and we tried to place the mast but was leaning too far back.

Okay this is better ..... 7 degrees!

Hoisting the sail for the first time

Two proud builders sitting in their home made boat.

Name and place

Painted the hometown in a classic font.

The name Aries is refers Arie van Staveren. My grandfather and Esger's great grandfather. We think we inherited his love for woodworking and even used some of his old hand tools to build this boat.

Of course Aries also refers to  the zodiac sign Ram.

Brass deck terminal

We managed to make a nice deck terminal from a leftover square block of brass

Making wooden strop blocks with brass disks

Working on the metal lathe 

The two brass sheaves still have to be polished

We made a drawing first to have some idea how it could look.

Glueing the small pieces.

Using the router to make cut outs for the rope on one side.

We temporarily fitted in a small piece of wood inside to get a clean drilling hole.

Drilling small holes for some copper rivets.

Sanding the edges.

Used the router again to make a groove in the middle

After making the rivets in we did some extra sanding.

The block socked in Decks Olje 1

The loop attached

Making a rope loop was more difficult than I thought. I ended up with a twist in the rope. Later perhaps I will make a new one.

The second block went a bit easier. This wil be used for the mainsail halyard.

Making a new loop with Hempex rope.

Attached and lined with it leather. Looking much better!

Making a soft shackle with Pok Wood ring

I had the luck to find two small pieces of Pok Wood to make  rings on the lathe for making a "soft shackle" for the main sail.

The finished soft shackles or sliding thimbles

Making cleats and thumbs

The cleats and thumbs are made of Ash and are socked in Decks 1 Olje

The thumbs are up!

Splicing rope and attaching the reef knitters to the sail

Making oars

Now it is almost the end of May and finally the temperatures are rising a little so we can work with Epoxy glue again after a long cold period. We started making 4 rowing oars!

An idea sketch for the shape and measurements.







Gluing Red Cedar and Oregon slats onto the Oregon pine shafts

Drilling some holes for the oar handles to fit in.

We inserted a small mahogany slat sideways to prevent the tip from push damage and splitting.

lockover fairlead

We made a brass plate underneath the fairlead to protect the wood against wearing by lines.

We just love the brass bling bling..

Some small final parts made out of scrap brass

Such fun making it all yourself out of scrap brass.

A small brass cheek block and two clips for attaching shackles and blocks

Trailer adjustments and boat cover

When launching we noticed the bilge keels got stuck on the side rollers. We made an adjustment by making a tilting part in the long direction to solve this problem. (first time MIG welding ever!)


We also made a pouch for the mast tip sticking out underneath the (standard) boat cover.