Friend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:
'I have been thinking about the cheek-pieces. A carving is OK but you could take the opportunity to go somewhat better. Here it is. In order to encourage people to get interested in decorative ropework (see The Ashley Book of Knots) and to be physically involved with the boat, offer to put this year's winner and runner up onto the Cheek-pieces; changing the exhibit for each season. The ropework would have to be of suitable dimensions to fit and would be best done in man-made fibre or thoroughly soaked in epoxy to preserve it if done in natural fibre. Traditionally it should be painted white. At the end of each season they could be taken off and put permanently on a display-board in Monty's boathouse with the name of the maker added. Below is the one I did especially for 'Jaembea'. What do you think? Aye, Bernie.'
In the first pic below the 'cheek-piece' is the disk near the front of the boat. The second pic shows Bernie's knot. What do we think? Could be a good tradition to institute. There are some good examples at www.southee.com/Knots/Knots_Decorative.htm .