Working on a Tipcat Fender
This name comes from a game which consists of tapping a short billet of wood. The Tipcat Fender is mainly used on the stern of Narrow boats to protect the rudder. They were often made by boatmen on wooden barrels, made straight and then hammered into the shape around the stern of the boat. Nowadays, I make them ready curved so boaters can fit them more easily. The method of neatly half hitching the jacket over the rope core took me years to develop. Another Fender maker told me he had bought one from me and then taken it apart to discover my method!