The stem has been cut back to the plank ends. Now the work of cutting back along the ends of the planks begins. Veritical cuts are made that miss the plank ends and then a chisel cuts the rest away.
The stem is in excellent shape. There is a little bit of moisture around the bolt holes, but the wood is in good condition. Because of it’s age, it is very hard and burned up several router blades getting this far.
The stern post has been faced using a router run along a jig; two boards fastened in parallel to allow the router to run systematically across the surface.