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Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
April 20, 2002 Cherokee is putting her best side aft these
days, as her mahogany transom is built. In the space of a week, Jeff Heyland got all the
planks cut, glued in place and fare-up. It's now ready for varnish.
Jeff and Jim Gluing a Plank
Happy Crew with Last Plank in Place, Lovely Sanded Transom
Tom Parker began building doors for the interior. Pictured below is our first door, which
will be used to test our pocket-door hardware.
The First Door
Bud Sanding Bathroom Vanity, Casey Showcasing Vanity Complete
Most people think of sand dunes and fishermen when they think of the Outer Banks.
How about cowboys and flat plains? It's hard to believe that Hatteras Island was once
without dunes and supported quite a cowboy culture. The earliest settlers
were listed as stockmen in the census, and cattle, sheep, and horses roamed freely up until
the early 20th century. The horses were branded and the sheep and cattle were marked in the
ear with notches to determine ownership. Villages had a "dipping vat" - with great community
fanfare, the stock was rounded up by fathers and sons, driven to the vat, and dipped in
creosote for ticks every three weeks to comply with state law. When free-roaming livestock
was outlawed, the stock was sold off to mainlanders, and vegetation spread more abundantly.
The dunes were developed by Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the 1930s, who built
sand fences and created the topography that we think of today as "natural". Signing off
for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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