by Alexa Zoellner, Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — How do you make a log cylindrical? Simple. You cut it so it has four sides, then again so it has eight, then 16, then 32 and finally make it a proper cylinder.

Although, in the case of the 47-foot-long, 3,700-pound white pine that’s on its way to becoming the newest mast for the schooner Madeline, the final shape will be more reminiscent of a cone.

Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers are about a week into the month-long process of carving the mast, which will be the fifth for the schooner.

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