Yes, tall ship friends, I used the "P" word in the title of this post. But really, most of the so-called pirates that like to tour our decks are mild hazards. I consider it a courtesy, even, that they dress flamboyantly enough to warn us to steer clear of them, especially if we would rather avoid an invitation to shiver a stranger's timbers. And that brings me to my caption for the photo above: Flashy colors warn sailmakers away from something that might trip them up.
The tripping hazard is a tiny awl, which is a steel spike with a handle. In that photo, I put the tip of the awl through a ring at the head pendant and hammered it into the floor to hold that part of the sail in place. The photo below shows the pendant (white webbing) and the ring. There is another pendant at the other end of that edge of the sail, at the tack. I hammered an awl through the tack pendant ring, too. The awls help to hold mild tension along that sail edge, to keep it flat and in place while I work on installing a foam luff.
My fellow sailmakers strive to make me more independent every day. I enjoy the challenge. Still, there are times when I feel as awkward as if I were the one in pirate garb. In those moments, however, you won't find me saying "yar." No, no, my shipmates taught me to use better words than that.