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  • Nibbing should never be confused with Nibbling. Nibbing is a word in current usage in the wooden boat construction industry. Its obscure root had to do with the sharpening and splitting the end of (a quill) to make a feather pen. In its current nautical usage, it refers to removing a triangular shaped portion from the outboard edge of a plank, such that it will fit into a notch in the deck's waterway, and allow the fastener to be as far forward on the plank as is possible. The sharpened deck plank resemble the nibbed quill.

    March 7, 2010