"Caulking with Cotton"
When wooden boats are taken out
of the water the wood shrinks so, before they can go back into
the water, the
seams must be caulked with a material that will slow the ingress of water until the planks have had a chance to swell.
Oakum (made from old sisal rope) is preferred for this but cotton is also used. The device in the worker's hand
is a caulking iron which is used with a wooden mallet to drive the cotton into the seams until the hull "rings".
24x40in acrylic on canvas