Shipwrights, boatbuilders, or carpenters with shipbuilding experience wanted for S/V Hawila!

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Hawila is an 86-year-old, Norwegian built galeas of 35 m length, owned by the Danish voluntary association Hawila Project.

The historic wooden vessel has been under renovation in Holbæk Harbour since September 2020. From December to March the ship will be on the local slipway where we will change frames and planks midship and stern. For this, we’re looking for professional help.If you have professional experience with this kind of work and can stay with us for at least 1 month during this period, we’d be excited to hear from you.

You’d become part of a strong community of professional craftsmen who’ve been dedicated to this project for more than one year.

Does this sound interesting?

Then send us a mail to apply@hawila.org or call Johan Bech at +45 50 26 29 71

Your Hawila Team

Er du skibstømrer, bådebygger eller tømrer med erfaring i skibsbygning? Så har Hawila brug for dig.

Hawila er en 86 år gammel, norsk bygget galease på 35 m, som ejes af den danske frivillig forening Hawila Project.

Skibet er p.t. under renovering i Holbæk Havn og fra december til marts skal vi på bedding for at udskifte spanter og planker midtskibs og agter. Hvis er professionel og har erfaring med denne slags opgaver vil vi gerne høre fra dig.Vi forventer at du kan være med os i mindst en måned i perioden fra december til marts.

Du bliver del af et stærkt fællesskab af professionelle håndværkere, som har været i gang med renoveringen i over et år.

Lyder det som noget for dig?

Så send gerne en mail, evt. med CV, til apply@Hawila.org eller ring til Johan Bech på +45 50 26 29 71

Dit Hawila Team

Our crowdfunding video is out!

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To everyone, far, wide and near – here we present our amazing crowdfunding video!

Under our motto: ”Trade, education and culture by sail” our mission is to engage and bridge coastal communities using an innovative combination of CO2-free maritime transport, united with an onboard platform for cultural exchange and education.

And right now we ask for your support to help us finish the final stage of the current refit of our beautiful ship Hawila!

Visit our crowdfunding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/climate-action-by-sail#/

Thank you from the whole Hawila Crew!

Hej alle fra nær, fjern og fjernere – vi har nu færdiggjort vores crowdfunding-video!

Hawilas mission er at engagere og bygge bro mellem kystsamfund gennem en nytænkende kombination af CO2-fri sejltransport, samt en sejlende platform til kulturel udveksling og læring.

Lige nu beder vi om din støtte til at afslutte den sidste fase af Hawilas ombygning.

Dette kan du gøre gennem vores crowdfunding-kampagne: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/climate-action-by-sail#/

Mange tak på forhånd – Hawila Holdet

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Lørdag den 27. november inviterer Nationalmuseet, Kystliv Holbæk og Hawila Project til et åbent arrangement.

Programmet står på rundvisninger på skibene Hawila, Anna Møller, Bonavista, Swallow, og Ruth, korte sejlture i fjorden med sejlskibe fra Kystliv Holbæk (hvis vejret tillader), samt spændende foredrag og et serigrafiværksted.

Vi sørger for god stemning, frokost, snacks og lidt godt til ganen.

Sæt kryds i kalenderen og inviter dine venner.

Vi offentliggør snart det endelige program for dagen. Det bliver spændende og alt er helt gratis!

Vi glæder os til at byde jer velkommen på Holbæk Ny Havn!

On Saturday the 27th of November, the Nationalmuseum, Kystliv Centre and Hawila Project invite you to a free full day’s programme with guided tours around the ships Hawila, Anna Møller, Bonavista, Swallow, og Ruth, short sailing trips around Holbæk fjord (only in good weather), exciting lectures, and a printing workshop.

We guarantee good vibes, warm lunch, cakes & snacks, cold and warm drinks.

A full update on the programme will follow shortly, but mark your calendars and invite your friends – it will be fun and for free!

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Holbæk New Harbour!

We joined the Copenhagen Folkets Klimamarch!

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On Saturday, our volunteers joined the Copenhagen Folkets Klimamarch which aimed to bring climate change into focus 10 days before the communal elections in Denmark.

It was important for us to share this day with others and combine our voices to fight for a sustainable future.

Inspiring encounters, enriching conversations and a few familiar faces made us forget the rain. Maybe our homemade cakes helped as well.

It was nice to meet you all!

I lørdags deltog vores frivillige i København Folkets Klimamarch, som satte fokus på klimaforandringer 10 dage før kommunalvalget i Danmark.

Det var vigtigt for os at dele denne dag med andre og bringe vores samlede stemmer i spil for at kæmpe for en bæredygtig fremtid.

Inspirerende møder, berigende samtaler og et par kendte ansigter fik os til at glemme regnen. Måske hjalp vores hjemmebagte kager også.

Det var dejligt at møde jer alle sammen!

HOW TO REPAIR A 18M LONG WOODEN MAST?

Last summer we faced a dilemma; how best to go about ensuring Hawila’s main mast was fit for purpose. Unfortunately, rot had developed in the top of the mast, and it would therefore be incapable of withstanding the huge pressures and strains that it would be subjected to when undersail. We had to decide whether to repair or replace, and ultimately we chose to repair. We found  it was better to make an extensive repair as we were able to preserve a part of Hawila, keep costs down, and save a tree.

We first cut into the mast in little sections to investigate how far the rot has spread. From this we saw how much of the mast had to be replaced and we calculated the length of the scarf required.

A scarf joint is effectively a wedge  which has a long gradient which allows for a greater surface area for glueing. This distributes the loads over a greater amount of glue and keeps the loads safely within the manufacturer’s specification of the glue’s capabilities. 

 It was necessary to cut into the mast on two planes, making it ready to marry up with the new section. We cut the two planes into the mast with a chainsaw by means of a carefully constructed jig, and then planed it to its final dimensions.

To produce the material for the new section of the mast we made two lengths of stock with a gradient on one side, roughly corresponding with the required ratio of the scarf, by laminating together lengths of pine with epoxy glue . These formed the basis of the two opposing sides of the repair, and we then cut and planed the scarfs to correspond perfectly with those prepared on the old section of the mast.

The two sections of the repair and the original mast were then bonded together with epoxy and clamped with custom made clamps: This part of the process had to be done during the night as it was too warm in the daytime for the epoxy to cure properly.

The new section of the mast then had to be rounded to join the shape of the old section of the mast. This is achieved by first planing four new faces into the new section to produce an octagonal or 8 sided object, and then this is repeated to produce a 16 sided object. These 16 sides are then blended into the required cylindrical shape of the mast by sanding. 

The mast now awaits its return to the ship, and meanwhile it is being well looked after. Our dedicated volunteer Johanna has spent the last few days making sure the mast and its new repair is well oiled and tarred and looking its best.

Crowdfunding: HAWILA NEEDS YOU!

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Hello everyone far, wide and near!

One year into the refit of our beautiful ship Hawila, we would like to ask for your support to bring the wind back into her sails!

We have created a crowdfunding campaign where you can choose different perks as a form of our appreciation. Here is the link to it: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sailing-into-the-future#/

Let’s come together for a more sustainable future on land and sea!

We thank you from all our hearts,

Your Hawila Crew!

HAWILA HAR BRUG FOR DIG!


Hej alle fra langt, bredt og nært!

Vi er nu et år inde i ombygningen af vores smukke skib Hawila og vi har brug for det sidste pust før vi kan få vind i sejlene igen!

Vi har derfor oprettet en crowdfunding-kampagne, hvor du kan støtte os.

Her er linket: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sailing-into-the-future#/

Lad os gå sammen om en mere bæredygtig fremtid på land og til vands!


Vi takker dig af hele vores hjerte,


Dit Hawila Crew!

The aft cargo hold’s sole is ready to welcome visitors next weekend!

Although the surface is still temporary, the beams are all new and fixed.

One of the main prerequisites here was to make enough space available underneath the sole to accommodate sufficient internal ballast, which is essential on a sailing ship like Hawila. It provides stability as it keeps the ship upright and steady, especially when under sail. The solution we found was to mount a large oak wedge on the keelson, which rises from 0 to 15cm over the length of the cargo hold.

Once the wedge was in place, we started templating, cutting and putting on the first and last sole beams. These were measured and cut with a compound mitre, to fit the position and angle of the frames they are attached to. This must be done carefully, as between them, they establish the plane of the sole. It must be level in relation to the waterline of the boat and not twisted.

We then added new ceiling planks on both sides for the intermediate sole beams to rest on. For this we first used two pieces of oak, protecting them with tar underneath, sanding and oiling them on their visible face. Some of Hawila’s old deck planks were used for the ceiling planks below the sole. Made of pine, they were coated with bitumen lacquer to protect them from the water and humidity in the bilge. Before screwing the planks to the frames, we overlaid the latter with a mixture of linseed oil, tar and limestone chalk powder, which has antifungal properties and beds the components down.

Stretching from one side of the ceiling to the other, whilst also sitting on the keelson and wedge, the intermediate sole beams were positioned in reference to the first and last beams. It was here of great importance that the beams were straight and had three support points, two on the ceiling and one on the keelson, as the sole will have to support 35 tons of cargo.

The method, commonly used by carpenters for ensuring that the beams follow the plane established by the first and last beam, is to nail a taught string line between the two, sitting on top of a 4mm plywood packer. This means that the exact position for the intermediate beams is 4mm below the string line. By placing a 4mm packer below the string line we can see if the beam is too high or low if the packer fits nicely without a gap. Once the beams were attached and painted with bitumen paint, we cleaned the entire bilge and painted it with boat soup as the frames were very dry.

Finally, we built a temporary floor out of plywood, with access hatches strategically placed above the bilge pumps. The final floor will likely be made of oak, although the exact thickness and material of the sole boards are yet to be determined.

OPEN BOAT DAY – visit Hawila in Holbæk!

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Kære venner,

I et år har Hawila været i Holbæk under ombygning og det har været en spændende tid, som vi gerne vil fejre med jer alle sammen denne lørdag den 23. oktober!

Fra kl. 10-16 vil der være ture rundt på Hawila, et printværksted, et oplæg fra kaptajnen om den igangværende ombygning, snacks, kager, drikkevarer og en masse god stemning – så kom og vær med!

Vi vil også kickstarte vores crowdfunding-kampagne samme dag, så hvis du vil vide mere om Hawila’s fremtid, så kig forbi og spørg os om alt det, du gerne vil vide!Vi glæder os til at byde dig velkommen om bord!

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Hvad er Hawila Project?

Hawila er navnet på et 32 m langt norsk tomastet træskib, der blev bygget i 1935.
Det svenske Søfartsmuseum gav Hawila status som et kulturhistorisk værdifuldt skib, og hun blev også medlem af Træskib Sammenslutningen (T/S), den danske træskibsforening, hvis hovedformål er at fremme bevarelsen af gamle skibe.

I øjeblikket er skibet under ombygning i Holbæk Havn, så det kan blive ombygget til et kommercielt sejlende fragtskib.
Vores mission er at engagere og bygge bro mellem kystsamfund ved hjælp af en innovativ kombination af CO2-fri søtransport, forenet med en platform om bord til kulturel udveksling og uddannelse.

Dear friends,

For one year has Hawila been in Holbæk for her refit and it’s been an exciting time, which we would like to celebrate with you all this Saturday, October 23rd!

From 10 am – 4 pm there will be guided tours around Hawila, a printing workshop, a presentation by the captain about the current refit, snacks, cakes, drinks and a lot of good vibes – so come by and say hi to the crew!

We will also kick-start our crowdfunding campaign that same day, so if you want to know more about the future of Hawila, swing by and ask us everything you want to know!We can’t wait to welcome you on board!Your Hawila crew

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What is Hawila Project?

Hawila is the name of a Norwegian 32 m long two-masted wooden Baltic trader, which was built in 1935. The Swedish state Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of a cultural-historical value vessel and she also became a member of the Træskib Sammenslutningen (T/S), the Danish wooden ship’s association whose main purpose is to promote the preservation of old vessels.

Currently, the ship is undergoing a refit in Holbæk Harbour for her to be converted into a commercial sailing cargo vessel. Our mission is to engage and bridge coastal communities using an innovative combination of CO2-free maritime transport, united with an onboard platform for cultural exchange and education.

How hard can it be to sail a Viking ship?

The Annual TS Regional Meeting in Roskilde, October 16th 2021

Yesterday, October 16th 21, around 40 wooden boat people, mainly from Sealand, met at 10 am outside Roskilde Viking Ship Museum, life-vest clad for action, ready to board three of the museum’s reconstructed Viking ships.

Romed, representing Hawila together with Ankie and Lars, wrote about the experience they had on this special day:

If you think that sailing Hawila with a random, inexperienced crew is challenging, try this with a Viking ship! Already rowing out of the harbour with 8 people, was a revelation: the roughly 40’ slender boat accelerated like a canoe, reaching a top speed of about 7 knots within 30 seconds, even with a poorly synchronising crew of mostly greybeards (greyer than myself) at the oars! 

Hoisting the pretty huge square sail was easy with the wind aback. But the first attempt at a tack failed miserably. Second time we tried, the skipper wisely decided to convert the manoeuvrer into what the Danes call a “cow turn” – like in cow-ardly turning by falling off the wind, a jibe by  capitulation, rather than choice.

Wind at that time blowing with > 10 m/s, we reefed the sail by two reefs after which we got lucky the third time. But if you would ask me how the sail was brought leewards, I’d have to pass. 

A square sail doesn’t luff naturally, you have to move and hold the sail a-haul by hand, but somehow we did manage without casualties. Which makes a point for that Vikings definitely didn’t wear horned helms…

After 1½ hours running ahead of the wind, we rowed swiftly back into the harbour.

Next, was a tour through the museum, with the resident leading boatbuilder Søren Nielsen explaining technical details of the 5 recovered Skudelev boats that were recovered in the fjord of Roskilde. Lucky for us, the late Vikings had deliberately sunk these 5 ships to create a defensive barrier in the then narrow straights of the fjord.

All of these 5 boats have been reconstructed by the museum and we sailed 3 of these reconstructions today. The largest reconstruction is the famous Sea Stallion, a longship of 30 m, built in Dublin around 1040,  close towards the end of the Viking era.

After a lunch break we got a tour through the boatbuilding workshops where even more Viking ships are being reconstructed: Fishing boats, cargo ships and longboats of various sizes.

This was followed up with a lecture by Vibeke Bischof, a well known Danish naval engineer and expert in experimental archaeology. Vibeke told us in meticulous details about the reconstruction of the Oseberg ship, one of the best preserved Viking ships, measuring almost 22m loa. The ship dates back to around AD 800 end ended its life as a burial monument near Toensberg, Norway. It had been excavated in 1905 and. In 1987 a full-scale replica, “Dronningen” (the queen) was built. However, this copy didn’t last very long, it capsized and ended as flotsam already on its first trial at a speed of 10 knots. 

Vibeke was then on the team analysing the calamity. It was found that a few small errors in the dimensions of the reconstruction, a misunderstanding of how side-rudders work and misplaced ballast were responsible for the loss. In 2010 a new replica “Oseberg Saga” was made, correcting the errors of earlier attempts and this ship became a great success.

Learning so many of the Vikings’ technical boatbuilding details, it became clear that it had been totally underestimated how sophisticated and high-tech these early warships actually were. They were built for velocity, with a very tight risk-calculation of speed vs safety, leaving extremely small margins for errors, just like with modern ocean-going racing yachts. Longboats were constructed as lightly as possible, with thin, split and hewn planks and sleek frames. However, the clinked and riveted planks combined with sideways bracing floor pieces and frames gave them an incredible flexibility and these boats could run through heavy seas as fast as the wind would carry them. Looking at technical drawings from these ships, they seem to resemble more model plane construction than boatbuilding. The Vikings however, did all this without scientific calculations and computer-aided design software.

The day ended with us boarding the Sea Stallion, one of the world’s most ambitious experimental archaeology project. Built in Roskilde from 2000 – 2004 with replicated tools and rediscovered techniques, a crew of 50 sailed the ship to Dublin after years of testing and training. 

A clearly emotional Carsten Hvid (ropemaker, sailor and former educator at Kystliv Center in Holbaek) told us his story as the skipper on this amazing trip. These 50 adventurers, our dear Lars Toft among them, sailed through 6 rainy and stormy weeks, in what basically is a giant canoe with a 120 sq m woollen square sail. The only difference between then and now being modern clothing and that they brought along safety and navigation equipment instead of war axes and swords. 

Most challenging though, so Carsten said, was neither wind and weather, but the social dynamics and psychological challenges with 50 men and women being stuffed together, cooking, eating, sh…ing, sleeping  and otherwise doing what adult humans do, in such a confined but also totally exposed space for 1½ months!

Carsten was sharing his opinion, that these human challenges might have been a lot easier in the old days. Keeping a tight ship, he contemplated, might have been a lot easier under a strict hierarchy, where disciplinary measures like keelhauling were equivalent to a raised index finger and decapitating corresponded to “did you get it now?” 

The answer to this would probably require yet another project of experimental archaeology.

Another great day for Hawila’s cultural and artistic collaborations!

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Last week Thursday, September 23rd, Hawila Project had the pleasure to participate in Holbaek municipality’s launch of the Land-Sea Art platform. It’s the Danish contribution to the EU-project “Land-Sea Act” that strives for the development of coastal areas in the countries around the Baltic Sea.

About 100 people weathered the storm to attend this cultural gathering at the Kystliv Centeret in Holbæk. Employees of Holbaek Harbour introduced the various projects to the visitors. Hawila Project displayed an exhibition of the historical ship’s exciting journey through its rich history, from her Norwegian origins to her current refit.

This event was also an opportunity for our collaboration with Stenhus Gymnasium to be highlighted. Our dear Despina and her counterpart Camilla Lorentzen came together with the Visual Arts students to present their screen-printing workshop. Participants could acquire clothes and accessories printed with beautiful maritime motives, all designed by the students.

Along with it, another group from Stenhus Gymnasium got the chance to introduce their Pilot Project, carried out with Despina, Elly and Tom from Hawila Project. Using upcycling as their main process, these workshops aim to raise environmental awareness by using wood scraps from Hawila’s renovation to practise and hone the student’s carpentry skills.

Soon there will be another opportunity to see their work in an upcoming event organized by Hawila Project!

To read more about the “Land-Sea Act” click here: https://land-sea-art.eu

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Endnu en stor dag for Hawilas kulturelle og kunstneriske engagement!

Sidste uge, torsdag 23. september, havde Hawila Project fornøjelsen at deltage i Holbæk Kommunes opstart af platformen Land-Sea Art. Det er Danmarks bidrag til EU projektet “Land-Sea Act”, som har til formål at fremme udvikling af kystområderne i landene omkring Østersøen.

Ca. 100 mennesker trodsede stormen for at deltage i dette kulturelle arrangement i Kystliv Centeret, Holbæk. Medarbejdere fra Holbaek Havn gjorde gæsterne bekendt med de forskellige projekter, heriblandt Hawila Projects display og udstilling omkring skibets rejse gennem sit rige historie, fra hendes norske oprindelse til den igangværende renovering.

Arrangementet var også en lejlighed for at sætte fokus på vores samarbejde med Stenhus Gymnasium. Vores kære Despina og hendes makker Camilla Lorentzen havde slået sig sammen med en gruppe visuel kunst studerende for at præsentere deres Serigrafi workshop. Deltagere kunne få gratis tøj og accessories med smukke påtrykte maritime motiver, alle designed af studenterne.

Sideløbende fik en anden gruppe fra Stenhus Gymnasium mulighed for at introducere deres Pilotprojekt under vejledning fra Despina, Elly og Tom fra Hawila Project. Baseret på upcycling er formålet med disse workshops at fremme miljøbevidsthed ved at bruge restmaterialer fra Hawilas renovering til træne og finpudse de studerendes håndværklige evner. Snart vil der vise sig flere lejligheder for at se deres arbejde i en kommende begivenhed, arrangeret af Hawila Project. 

For at læse mere om “Land-Sea Art” klik her: https://land-sea-art.eu

The Bulkheads on Hawila #2

After two months of work and patience, our bulkheads are almost ready!

The metal frame doors that our volunteer and journeymen friends assembled in June are now completed, along with four bulkheads made of 15cm2 oak posts, reinforced, and sealed with 45mm x 40mm pine cladding.

The bulkhead posts positions were determined with a 360˚ laser. After positioning the central post, we used it as a reference for the 360˚ laser which gave us the outline of the bulkhead on the hull. These posts help support both the deck beams and the cladding that was put on after the beams had been painted with bitumen.

The cladding was then fastened to the frames, the bulkheads’ posts, and the deck beams with stainless screws. Oriented at 45˚ to the center line to provide extra support between the hull and the deck beams, the pine cladding boards are joined to each other by tongue and groove, and sealed with bitumen in between all the grooves and cladding so that our bulkheads are now watertight.

The cladding is now being sanded with a machine then by hand and covered with the well-known “boat soup”, a perfect blend of linseed oil (70%), tar (25%) and turpentine (5%). This mixture permeates the timber, and reduces the chance of the timber shrinking over time and compromises its watertightness.

While these four bulkheads add stiffness to Hawila and create compartments for our two convertible cargo holds, we are keeping the aft bulkhead unfinished for now to allow us better access to the generator and machinery. Eventually, it too will be completely sealed.

Our Hawila is getting ready to sail and transport cargo !

The Journeying Men

Have you ever come across a young man or woman, clad in black ornamented bell bottom suede pants, matching waistcoat, and a broad rimmed hat?

If he or she furthermore emits a distinctive aroma of wood, metal or masonry, you can consider yourself privileged, because you have very likely met a journeyman.

But there are much more interesting things about journeymen besides their distinctive and aromatic fashion.  

Here’s their story and how it intersects with Hawila’s.

A centuries old tradition

The tradition of wandering craftsmen emerged in the late Middle Ages, in 15th century Germany. At that time, cities had grown to be a third factor in the balance of political power in the traditional feudalistic societies of Europe. Before, absolute political power was shared only by the nobility and the Catholic Church.

All technological and humanistic knowledge had been concentrated in, developed and exclusively owned, by the many monasteries. The monks were not only the guardians of religion and spirituality but also scientists, craftsmen, engineers and teachers.

Urbanisation

When cities became economically independent, and politically powerful, all this changed, leading to a new world order. Feudalism was based on agriculture, where few owned all of the land and 95% of the population were forced to work in slave-like conditions for their noble overlords. This new world order led to the end of serfdom, the emergence of industrialism and, eventually, democracy.

Until the early Middle ages, 99% of the population of Europe lived in the countryside. Today, after almost 1000 years of urbanisation, 75% of the population on the European continent live in cities.

The Guilds

Soon merchants and craftsmen in the cities of Central Europe began organising themselves into associations, called guilds.  

The guilds soon established their own professional standards, education systems and rules of conduct. If one wanted to learn a profession, he (women were not yet allowed to learn crafts) had to approach the local guild and apply for apprenticeship with a master craftsman. After a basic education of 3-5 years, the apprentice would, upon successful completion of an exam, gain the title ”Geselle”, or Journeyman. 

Being a journeyman entitled you to seek employment with a master craftsman, but only in the town where you had learned your trade. In order to become an independent craftsman, you had to gain the title of ”Meister” – Master Craftsman. But it was required that the Geselle had to travel for a minimum of 2 years, the exact duration determined by the guild before they could call themselves a Master.

Sending young craftsmen on year-long journeys made sense: Travelling journeymen were the primary bearers of cultural exchange, from the Middle Ages until the end of the 19th century. By travelling and seeking employment in foreign countries, they not only could enrich their professional knowledge, but also gain valuable life-experiences.  

Sending the young professionals away for a couple of years was also a convenient way for getting rid of undesired competition for the established master craftsmen. So that is why Journeyman where organizing themself in special guilds to have more power in negotiations with the master guilds, it was the begining of getting more workers rights. Although journeymen enjoyed international legal and political protection, travelling in the Middle Ages was still perilous. Food was scarce and there were robbers and highwaymen. One condition for the sanctuary state of the journeymen was that they were not allowed to carry arms. 

After the wandering years, the journeyman could return home and apply for the title of Master craftsman, subject to passing the master exam before a committee of the guild. Then he would become a member of the guild and get permission to start his own business.

By the end of the 19th century this century-old tradition began to disappear, as the power of the guilds was broken by political changes and the transition into the industrial society of the 20th century. 

Rebirth

In the 1990’s the tradition of travelling professionals began to resurface on the periphery of a ”back to the roots” movement. Young professionals, now both men and women, would rediscover these traditions and cherish the romance and adventure that came with them.

Today, journeymen, adhering to the ancient rules and traditions, are again travelling all over Europe, even all over the world. They have formed their own local and international organisations and enjoy growing respect for their high level of craftsmanship and work ethics.

Travelling was never about making money, but gaining experience. That’s why you today can find many journeymen and women working as volunteers in non-profit projects – like Hawila Project.

Journeymen on Hawila

We had the pleasure of recently hosting four talented journeymen and -women on Hawila. The reason being, originated from last summer, where we had the privilege to witness a journeyman being pierced with a long nail to the beam of Hawila in celebration of their rite of passage from the master. Here, everyone came together in a magical moment of song, celebration and tradition, a beautiful moment where the young journeyman was nailed to the beam for the ceremony. After this, the journeyman carved his name in the beam with the agreement that they would return to work on the ship.

This is exactly what he did. Travelling with three others the journeymen and -women made new hatches on deck, prepared the bulkheads and brought a great working spirit with them. The time shared with them made us reflect upon this broader idea of community, it was very inspiring to see the camaraderie, professionalism, skill and dedication of these craftsmen.

Under all circumstances, journeymen have a well-deserved reputation for being competent and highly qualified workers. Their lifestyle enables them to gain experiences others can’t even imagine. For many, this is a sound investment in their own professional and personal development and future. 

We always praise ourselves lucky, when a journeyman decides to join our work, how briefly it may be, and so should you. We learn a lot from them and they can learn a lot of us.

We are proud to be able to support this great tradition and we’re looking forward to meet more of these fantastic and dedicated people.

Set of Iron Clad Rules

In the Wikipedia article ”Die Wanderjahre” you can learn more about their set of rules and code of conduct.  

The bulkheads on Hawila

Hawila was originally built in Norway as a small cargo ship in 1935, and converted afterwards for sailing in coastal waters, long before bulkheads were a requirement by law. Soon her purpose will evolve to a completely new level: crossing the Atlantic, either laden with about 25-30 people onboard, or a full load of cargo. The world is now very different compared to the day her keel was first laid, and Hawila shall therefore fight her way through stringent international safety rules and regulations which were written for giant steel ships, a dozen or hundred times bigger than her, yet, we still have to comply with the same rules to be able to sail cargo.

For the first time in this refit, we go beyond the restoration and start modifying Hawila into something completely new. We have always been able to visually read what needed to be changed or modified, but now we get to build something which was never there, that gives us a new and exciting building challenge, while complying with new, up-to-date regulations.

Why do we need bulkheads?

We need bulkheads in order to divide the ship, separate cargo and living areas, and contain potential localized flooding, and, or fire. To meet the present regulations, four bulkheads are being built onboard. Each bulkhead needs to be water tight and act as a fire retardant. Originally, our surveyor wanted these in steel, but steel generally doesn’t work good with wooden ships as it is stiffer than wood and can rip itself from the hull when the vessel naturally deforms through the waves.

We try, where possible, to adapt the bulkheads’ location to our needs, and these should enable us to carry at least 50 tonnes of cargo and possibly a maximum of 65, split over two cargo holds. Each of those cargo holds will be convertible, and can be used as a dormitory with 8 sleeping spaces bunks for trainees. This will ensure that we will continue to sail with members, host cultural, and educational events, keeping Hawila’s heritage as a training ship, alive.

We have fitted two very large bolted doors panels on the central bulkhead, separating the two cargo holds. While being watertight, removing those doors, once open, will allow us to open the space entirely between the two cargo holds, to perform loading-unloading, as well as host cultural events in harbours. In addition, the bulkheads strengthen and make the ship rigid to be able to sustain enormous weight and force from both heavy cargo and heavy weather.

The aft bulkhead will be completely sealed, hatches are being built parallel to the mizzen mast for the crew to enter the engine room and the port aft cabin. While sailing with cargo, about 17-16 persons will be able to stay onboard, up to 10 in the forward part of the ship, split in 3 cabins, and 7-6 in the aft in 3 crew cabins. Then, with no cargo we can host a maximum of 8-16 additional trainees.

Each bulkhead structure were made with 15cm oak beam assemblies, reinforced and sealed with 45mm x 40mm pine cladding. The cladding is made with tongue and groove, and screwed to the frames, the keelson, the bulkheads beams and the deck beams. Joints will be tarred and/or caulked whenever necessary. Well-adjusted coamings are running along the inner planking to support the bulkhead cladding, while plugs are inserted into joints between the inner planks to prevent water circulating through these. Watertightness between the existing frames and inner planking will be improved by injecting material, or by working from the outside when replacing the planking. If necessary, concrete sealant will be poured in between the two frames next to each bulkhead location, acting as ballast and ensuring watertightness in this area.

With a combination of a naval architect, surveyor, and a team of professional boat builders, we look forward to finishing the bulkheads, getting ready to sail and transport cargo!

HAWILA NEEDS YOU!

[English below]

HAWILA HAR BRUG FOR DIG!

Er du tømrer, bådebygger, smed, mekaniker eller sandhedssøgende eventyrer med mindst 1 måned til rådighed?

Du vil blive en del af et stærkt og godt fællesskab
Få unikke oplevelser
Lære Håndværk af dygtige fagfolk, så vel som selv at få mulighed til at lære fra dig
Være sammen og have det sjovt med ligesindede fra hele Europa
Få 200 år gammelt egetræer til at blive en del af et stort historisk sejlskib I Danmarks største træskibshavn
Bruge din erfaring, viden og kærlighed til den store renovering af en 86 år gammel norskfødt dame.

Du vil blive indlogeret med fuld forplejning i vores hyggelige kollektiv i Holbæk med dine kollegaer. For dit arbejde vil du også optjene sejldage med Hawila.

Hvis du vil lære mere om denne enestående mulighed, skal du kontakte Hawila-teamet på volunteer@hawilaproject.org eller ringe til Johan Bech på +4522891802

[English]

HAWILA NEEDS YOU!

Are you a carpenter, a boatbuilder, a blacksmith, mechanic or truth-seeking adventurer with at least 1 month to spare?

Being part of a great team
Gathering unique experiences
Learning from each other, teaching one another
Having a great time with like-minded people from all over Europe
Transforming 200 years old oak trees to become parts of a great historic sailing ship
In the largest wooden ship harbour of Denmark
Putting your experience and knowledge to good use
For the grand refit of a 86 year old, Norwegian-born lady

You will be hosted and fed in our house near the ship in Holbæk. In exchange for volunteer time you will get sailing time onboard Hawila.

If you want to learn more about this unique opportunity, contact the Hawila team at volunteer@hawilaproject.org or call Johan Bech on +4522891802

Why is sailing cargo important for Hawila?

Hawila was built in 1935 as a cargo freighter to carry ice. The ship would be run by a single family and sail from Sweden to Norway. In the pits, they would harvest the ice, load it onto Hawila’s belly (up to 100 tons), and then sail it back to Sweden where it would be sold to fishermen to keep their catch fresh.

When we started the Hawila Project in 2015, ice did not need to be shipped anymore for many years – today it can be locally sourced in the nearby factory or goods kept fresh in a fridge. Even if today, most of our goods can be produced locally, globalisation makes it cheaper to produce things thousands of kilometers away from where they are consumed. It is an economic solution but an ecological disaster.

How can we deal with this in our daily lives?

What does really need to be shipped, and what not?

How can we transform such an ecologically damaging supply chain?

The Sail Cargo movement and all the people involved in it are trying to answer those questions with their actions.

For those curious about sail cargo around Denmark check out #Fairtransport who today, depart from Bornholm, arriving in Copenhagen and bringing beer from our friends at the wonderful brewery of #Svaneke and a huge amount of curved, dried oak for our refit, by sail!!! #Grayhoundventures are currently laying alongside Hawila in Holbaek Harbour ahead of schedule. She will stay a couple of days before departing for Odense, then to Göteborg to load her cargo of beer which she will sail to Germany from #oceanbeer.sb Feel free to drop by and say hello!

Grayhound Lugger Sailing

TIMBERCOAST

New Dawn Traders

Brigantes

Fairtransport

Sail Cargo Alliance

SAILCARGO INC.

Blue Schooner Company

Les Caboteurs de Lune

TOWT – Transport à la voile

Hawila LIDAR 3D Scan:

(English below)

Vivien, vores skibsarkitekt arbejder ustoppeligt på Hawila’s indledende og fremtidige tegninger. Han baserer det meste af sit arbejde på LIDAR 3D scanninger, der er blevet lavet tidligt i ombygningsprocessen og er produceret af vores kære ven “Stig Anton AN” fra Kitesensorsk.dk

3D scanningerne viser de fleste elementer i skibets skrog, og giver os et nøjagtigt billede af skibet – på den måde kan vi bestemme den absolut bedste måde at designe vores fremtidige skib. 3D scanningerne tjener flere formål: det giver os ikke blot overblik over mål og dimensioner for skibstømrerarbejdet, men hjælper os også med at planlægge hele layoutet af rør- og kabellægning, tanke, inventar og skotter og giver os forståelse for skibets masse og stabilitet indtil den endelige ballastning og hældningstest. Scanningerne giver os mulighed for at forberede Hawila på de forhøjede sikkerheds- krav og reguleringer, der følger med i hendes nye transatlantiske liv. Desuden giver scanningerne os mulighed for at undersøge deformationer i skroget, og endeligt, giver de os mulighed for at dokumentere arkitekturen og transformationen af et historisk skandinavisk skib. Hawila har den første halvdel af sit liv været et fragtskib, og senere hen været et øvelsesskib – vi håber at kunne bære hendes stolte traditioner og historie med ud i fremtiden.

Se her de indledende tegninger af skibet – vi vil løbende dele flere, som processen skrider hen.


Vivien – our volunteer naval architect – is working relentlessly on the actual and future drawings of Hawila. He bases most of his work on LIDAR 3D scans kindly made by our friend “StigAnton AN” from Kitsensors.dk at the early stage of the refit and showing most of the elements of the ship’s hull.

From this, we have an accurate mapping of the ship used to determine the best possible way to design the new vessel.This serves multiple purposes: not only to provide dimensions for carpentry work in the current refit, but also to plan the whole layout (including piping, cabling, tanks, furniture, equipment and bulkheads), to assert the ship’s mass and stability until the final ballasting & inclination tests, to prepare Hawila for heightened safety requirements and regulations that will come with her new transatlantic life, to study the deformations of the hull, and as an extra, to document the architecture and transformations of an historical scandinavian ship. Hawila spent half of her life as a cargo ship, the other half as an educational sailing ship, and we hope to retain both sides of her history in her future.

Have a look at the preliminary drawings, there will be more details later about the whole mapping process and the design of the ship!

Hawila needs your vote to get support for the refit!

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Hawila Project is applying for Realdania Funding to finish the refit of the ship so she can continue being a platform for culture, education and trade.We need 500 votes to be considered for this fund – and that’s where you come into the picture! Click on the link and give your vote to us by pressing the heart and write a comment about why Hawila is an important project for culture and community!

https://undervaerker.dk/udforsk-projekter/2021/hawila-project-med-fuld-sejl-mod-baeredygtigt-faellesskab

Hawila Project søger Realdania Fonden for at kunne gennemføre vores ønske om at ombygge skibet, så det kan fortsætte med at vores en platform for kultur, uddannelse og fragt.Vi skal bruge 500 stemmer for at blive valgt til puljen og det er dér, du kommer ind i billedet. Klik på linket og afgiv din stemme ved at trykke på hjertet – og skriv en kommentar om, hvorfor Hawila er et vigtigt projekt for kultur og fællesskab!

What did we do to Hawila’s keelson?

The keelson is of primary importance in the structure of a wooden vessel. It can be seen as the mirror of the keel, inside the ship, going from the stem to the stern with frames and floor timber sandwiched in between. On Hawila, the central keelson is also strengthened by sister keelsons on both sides, bolted through the frames and through the keelson, making a coherent structural unit.

We replaced 2 of the 3 central oak pieces making Hawila’s keelson -joint between them with a 2,5m scarf- in addition to the two sister keelsons. The original Keelson was about 25x20cm, we increased the size to 50x25cm over a length of 18m. The aft keelson was very well preserved and left in place. We integrated the keelson in the bow, sandwiching it between two deadwoods at the apron.

Before starting to work on the new keelson, we had to dismantle the old keelson and sister keelsons, which were firmly bolted in the keel and the frames. In some places the wood was well rotted, in other places, it seemed to have started a fossilization process making it unbelievably hard to cut and drill. After removing the whole keelson, we did a comprehensive bolt mapping to track each bolt hole and plan the fastening of the new keelson. In the 1980’s a second keel was bolted underneath Hawila’s original keel, trapping the old keel bolts which we could not remove and preventing us from doing much work on the old keel. As such, we chose to keep as it was and to accommodate the keel deformation on the new keelson.

To take the measurements, the center line of the ship was established, we then made a level to work and map the future keelson shape. Multiple measurements were taken in the ship to guide the future fairing of each frame and the cutting of the keelson. We used a string which represents the top of the new keelson and took measurements to establish the way of cutting the wood. The shape of the new keelson and sister keelsons were then traced on the new pieces of 200 years old oak. Tracing is a crucial part of the process and the features had been checked with particular attention, because the dry fitting process has to be as efficient as possible. Only after accurate checks of each measurement can the timber be cut, first with power tools, then with more precise and tools. All knots and damaged parts were then plugged with dutchman.

We brought the circa 1 ton central keelson with a crane using a hole made in the frames on port bow. The whole process had to be well thought in advance as with such a heavy piece nothing can be left to hazard. With serious preparation and great teamwork, the lifting went smoothly. The smaller forward keelson and the two sister keelsons were lifted only with straps and chains block.

Once inside, it took less than an hour of local adjustment to dry fit the keelson which fitted perfectly, not a millimeter of error, very impressive on such a large piece with difficult assemblies!

Once dry fitted, they are ready to be fastened !

How do we replace hull planks on Hawila?

Hawila was built in 1935 as a coastal sailing cargo vessel, planked in 50mm oak with length up to 6m. Planks were fastened using treenails going through the frame and wedged on both sides, the seams were then caulked with hemp, and later filled with pitch.

The last month we replaced more than 260m of the old Hawila’s planks, some of them in still good shape of preservation and still holding strong to their treenails! On those oak planks we replaced, we chose to increase plank thickness from 50mm to 65mm, with length of 11 to 14m, this in order to add more strength and durability to the vessel. The Danish oak we used was planted 200 years ago, and air dried outside for 2 years before being fastened to Hawila. In addition, we increased the thickness of the galbord to 85mm, nearly twice the original thickness.

In this short video, we present a sum-up of the processes used to replace a planks.

Stay tuned, more video will follow!