Norman "Dugie" Russell
The Making of a Cribbage Board
Diving the wreck and
bringing up about 3
ton of the main
Recovered sea cement (ash that fell from the burning ship encasing
brass and copper fastenings then solidifying.)  After a day in the
sun it is dry enough to break apart and reveal its treasures.
Restoring the nails to their natural beauty.
Cutting the timbers into one inch slabs and storing them.  
They are selected for certain sized cribbage boards and cut.
This slab was cut from
a huge timber forty
years ago and used as a
coffee table.  I am
going to reduce it to
smaller pieces for
cribbage boards.
My friend Randy making one of the
larger templates for the cribbage boards.
Recovered trunnel pins used in making candle holders, small cannons, and cribbage boards.
A trunnel pin it its original hole.  It was
sliced when the timbers were cut.  The top
of the pin will be cut later.  A wood tree
nail is on the left.
It's now time for the milling machine which
I don't have, so I converted my drill press.  
Can get a little tricky if you're not careful.  
The piece is now sanded and any large gaps in the wood are filled with epoxy and
coarse shavings from the milling.  The smaller stress cracks are routed out, filled with
epoxy and fine wood shavings and sanded a second time.
A third and fourth sanding with fine
paper has the pieces ready for drilling.
Time to cut one of the large trunnel pins and fill the holes that held the pin when it was
new, almost two-hundred years ago.  the pins are placed in the hole, marked and cut.