Talk:Carvel (boat building)

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I propose that we expand this article to incorporate other objects that employ this construction method (e.g., lutes and related instruments). Perhaps the page should be moved to "Carvel (construction method)". -- Gyrofrog (talk) 22:18, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Is the term/word carvel in general usage or only used in the world of boat building? I have not come across the word other than in boatbuilding but some would say I have lead a very sheltered life! Boatman 11:36, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Hello Boatman.Carvel is common word in the english speaking boating world- world wide. I would qualify that by saying that the carvel method is seldom used in the Western world since about the 1950s as it has been superceded by different boat building methods that are cheaper, lighter and less labour intensive and therefore cheaper.

    • I had never seen the word "carvel" (other than a brand of ice cream) before I came across it in the tanbur entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 14:15, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

How old is carvel boat building really?[edit]

In the History section it is claimed that "The first carvel-built ships were (...) of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries". I have no knowledge about the truthfullness of this claim, but I seames to comflict with the story told by the following graphic that is featured elsewhere on wikipedia: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Continental.coast.150AD.Germanic.peoples.jpg