A very classic stuff, the tallow

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by dskira, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Frosty it is for you, you will be ineterrested:

    I use tallow in mixture with zinc and linseed oil and kerosene, for protecting the steel, to lubricate without the zinc, the band saw and other tools, for the rigging, to protect the wood in difficult area, for log splitting.
    Tallow will be important for all sort of use.
    This how to make it:
    Take 3 Lbs of pork fat, cook them until the fat is liquid and brown, put it on recipient, let it cooled.
    On a large pan, simmer water, put the cold fat in the simmering water, simmer for at least four to five hour, then let it cool until the fat is buttery hard. get the fat out and you will have a little quantity. (See picture below)
    Put in a jar and on the fridge. When needed take some and mix with kerosene.
    Be careful, the home will smell burning fat for a while!
  2. hoytedow
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    Thanks for the recipe. I shall save it in my file of useful boat stuff.
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    In another life, in the shipyard days, we had fresh clean processed tallow in 55 gallon barrels. Hindsight can be painful sometimes. Pete Culler was a big fan of tallow.
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    Hi Dskira,
    I used some today whilst driving some gal dumps through the sponson of a tug, they just about fell in with the tallow as lube & some "gentle" blows.
    All the best in your endeavours from Jeff.
  5. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Thanks. A lot of tallow can be used on the James Craig :) And I mean a lot.
    This is my dream ship. I will jump up the mast with my tallow bucket and in no time the rigging will be so slippery and silent of any "crouiiiiiing..grrring"
    If you know what I mean. :D
    Any way it is cheap and far better than all the other goop on the market.
    I am today cooking five more pound.
  6. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Yes he was. A very interresting man, and had a great knoweldge of the forgotten simple things.

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    waikikin Senior Member

    Hi Daniel, the James Craig is certainly a fine vessel, I really enjoyed working on her for about the last 20 months or so, I was the shipwright on board, recently I moved to a new job next door working on other historic vessels.
    Interestingly tallow isn't used on the "craig", the closest thing is a white mineral grease(like vaseline) is used in/on the "tubs" on the hoisting yards, also other stuff like neatsfoot oil is used on the leather work along with lanolin, mixes of gum turps, linseed & stockholm tar to dead eyes & other "bare" timber, blacking down mix to standing rigging/ratlines etc, most of the timberwork including spars uses cetol, & epoxy & polyurethanes to steel & metal work, the deck is left bare with a daily or every other day dose of sea water & caulked with oakum - payed with Jeffries No. 2 pitch.
    All the best from Jeff.
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