Sunday, 4 December 2011


Particularly time-consuming and relatively arduous was the fabrication of blocks (bocèli). We needed five of them single-sheaved (for shrouds, bowline and sheet) and two of them double-sheaved (for shrouds). Their shells were made of blued stainless steel, sheaves were made on lathe from a bronze rod, and finally, the cheeks and fillers were manufactured from ashwood.

Cleats mounted on the lower part of the mast.

Small rigging cleats prepared for mounting on the shrouds.

Bronze sheaves for the double sheave block.

Components of the single sheave block.

Block shell already assembled.

Block cheeks and fillers glued together.

A finished double sheave block.

A finished single sheave block.