Despite our best efforts sometimes things don’t go according to plan. We are, after all, human and sometimes we make mistakes and other times things just happen. Sometimes a piece of wood, after steaming, will bend just perfectly and other times it won’t. Whether its the amount of steaming or the grain or condition of the wood or other factors, who knows. In this case one of our planks cracked when it was clamped to the hull so, in order to fix it, a “dutchman” is cut out to fill the broken section.