This monster of a timber finally went on the boat. Without the chainfall I don't know how we would have done it without at least four strong people. The three timbers that comprise the bottom have been glued together, and dovetail keys (huundu) installed along the seams inside and out, along with bamboo spikes.
The next day: We finished the first seam and did do the other seam in one pass, or I should say Shimojo san did, taking three hours total to do it. His arm is sore and he took lots of rests. I simply stood at his side, or got under the boat to tell him how it was going. I finally asked him if he wanted me to do it, to give him a break. He waved me off, saying, "This is the hardest part of building sabani. This is the most important seam. I have to do it." I expected as much. After all, he's known me for just four weeks, and while he has trusted me with plenty of other work on the boat, not this, not yet.