Dhow building involves various processes and steps, during the process, various tools and materials are needed to accomplish this task, at this moment we are going show you some and most important stages and steps conducted in the process of construction, to know the work you have to come direct to the field of building as trainee or a visitor and not to read from somewhere or told by someone who don’t know (These are many out there), this task is amazing one because it does not involves any reference in performing and it take a bit long time to grasp it completely, the stages which we gonna show you is just to have a bit knowledge on how Dhow is built. We will show the actual picture of the stage explained
Dhow Building Stages
In this stage, Dhow builders are required to collect tools and materials which are most important for the first time, there must be tools like Axe, Saw, Hammer, at least 1000 local nails of five inches(but it depends the size of a Dhow) etc., and in the other side there must be long log for the base (Utako), a group of logs for the ribs (mataruma) and at least two worker to be around as well there must not contradicting yourself if you find a single person it is really possible and in fact we can say all building tools stated in the building tools page should be there
In this stage, ribs is being curved, the woods are being filled to the Dhow frame, and before woods filled completely , Chanda is being made, and the process of putting woods continue, this process is in progress up to nearly the whole Dhow is surrounded by woods.
After installing Darueti, Staha and Tanpisi are being set, workers involving in filling nails throughout the whole Dhow, why so, it’s because when woods were entered they were not filled with nails, it was only nails that will hold it, and now the time to perform this task, as well Hashu are being filled, after filling nails throughout Dhow, the whole Dhow is curved so as to keep smooth and similarity to the woods.
In this stage, Dhow is being put in the situation that can satisfy or in a normal way by cutting all unnecessary pieces of woods and logs, then the nails heads are filled with Puti (Swahili word) (Put is a mixture of paint color with cement) to prevent it from spoiled in short period.
In this stage, Dhow are being filled with Kalafati (cotton) in between woods to prevent water from gattiing in, next step is to prepare Mngoti (Mast), Foromali, Sukani (Rudder) and Gadi, as well Tanga (Sail) is being made, after all the Dhow is pushed to the sea to start activities.