Hanks are  seized to the foresails when we want them to be able to slide up and down on a stay as we hoist or lower them. In the earlier days as the stays and shrouds were made of hemp rope the hanks were wooden. As the vessels were rigged with wire rope the hanks were forged.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe hanks clammer the foresails to the stays. Here Brødrene af Sand are in the wind.

As we worked on the polar expedition ship Fram earlier this year our blacksmith had to make quite a few hanks. Here is from the prosess in the smithy.

_DSC1983After shaping a square rod into a oval shaped rod Seppe shapes the ends of the rod to a dull point.


_DSC2006In a mold the end is nicely shaped to a cone.

_DSC2011The cone shaped form that makes the “curls” look nice.

_DSC1940And here we go. Bend the end to a nice curl._DSC1944Looking good.

_DSC1948Checking the diameter

_DSC1957Then the shape of the hank itself is made. Half at a time.

_DSC1970Then the other side.

_DSC1974Forced nicely towards the pipe to get the right shape. The shape might differ from one style to another.



_DSC2110The foresail of Fram is set with the blacksmiths new hanks.

Skjermbilde (222)Drawing Sarah Sjøgreen

The way the hank is seized to the luff of the sail. The stay is not shown on this drawing.

_DSC5300A nontraditional  kind of hank on board this vessel, but it shows very well the purpose.