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Too much of a good thing
Posted by CLC on Jan 11, 2007
Nothing about the LapStitch process prohibits you from varnishing the exterior. Lo, these many photos I have here of such boats. If you can varnish the interior, you may certainly varnish the exterior.
The reason so many of the boats are painted is that the all-varnish look is a bit overwhelming, like too much makeup on a pretty girl. The wood texture is a very strong statement, and the nice hull shape is lost in all the noise.
When you paint the exterior, your eye is drawn to the long, graceful sweeps of the planks. If you paint with a light color, the laps of the planks cast lovely shadows. It's a sculptural and nuanced treatment, and with acres of varnish on the interior no one will doubt that you've built a wooden boat.
In Response to: Painting Annapolis Wherry by Chris on Jan 11, 2007