Block source?

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  1. Slainte
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    Can anyone recommend a source for good, reliable wooden blocks? I'll be using 3/8" and 1/2" line. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    All wood or composite (wood and metal)? In both cases these are fairly easy to make yourself, if desired.
     
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  4. Brent Swain
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    Why wood? I can build a single aluminium block in 20 minutes, with hand tools, that is far stronger and more rleiable than most commercially built blocks.
    Brent
     
  5. PAR
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    I can too Brent, but does it look as nice as a set of freshly oiled teak blocks, dangling from strops on a dainty old gaffer?
     
  6. alan white
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    I've got teak blocks with medallions over the axles but those babies are not easy to find. For the classic look, solid broze is much easier to soure. Bristol Bronze carries those. Those old teak blocks are very well constructed. Never a problem at all, though they weigh a ton.
     

  7. Brent Swain
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    While taking longer, it's not all that difficult to build those either, possibly less work than hunting them down.
    Brent
     
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