Re: Copper sutures

Posted by Karl on Feb 4, 2005

Metals like copper, brass and bronze have been used in wooden boat building for centuries. Once clipped and sanded smooth, the remnants that are visible don't detract from that "old world craftsmanship" sort of look that you get from a nicely finished wooden boat. The best part is that you can have that look, and still enjoy the fact that your boat is lighter and can outpaddle your buddy's $2500 fiberglass kayak. As far as snipping them off is concerned, I took a standard set of household wire clippers and spent about 3 minutes on a grinding wheel shaving down the backside of the business end. The result is a cutter that will trim them off darn near flush to the wood (I cannot tell a lie, that tip was someone elses idea. It works).

In Response to: Re: Copper sutures by Dick R on Feb 4, 2005