On Saturday and Sunday, the participants were introduced to the EU Interreg DTP project „Living Danube Limes“, accompanied by the media and in compliance with hygiene regulations. The context of boat building, the history of inland navigation, the special features of current boat building, but also the Roman past of the Limes and of Gunzenhausen were discussed by Boris Dreyer, the boat building basics also in the special case were reported by master boat builder Andreas Gronau, boat builder Frank Jäcklein, journeyman Alexander Blümel and apprentice Lena-Marie Kulke. This included the treatment of wood, the drying of wood, the making of working templates, the handling of tools, the explanation of the lines and body plans as construction plans of the boat builders in general and in the specific case, the essentials about the Gallo-Roman boat building method.
Practical work was also done: On Saturday, the keel was towed from the lumber yard to the boat building site, cut to size and protected. On Sunday, building on this, the stem of the boat was first made as a template from the plan, then sawn out at the timber yard and then transported to the building site, where it was further cut to size.
Photo: Miriam Sapio - The spoon auger driven by a rope bow represents an ancient and very effective way of woodworking.