I'm going to be building a series of small traditional working boats. Each one will be scratch built and historically accurate in its details, but not necessarily of an actual existing example. Rather, these models will represent craft that were typical of their type and their time. The models will be of boats that were designed (and evolved) to suit the occupations where they were used. I say "were used" because although some of these boats are still being built today, they are not being used as they once were. Most are now for pleasure and not occupation - like Catboats, Whitehalls and Peapods. Their simple beauty and functionality are still admired and sought after.
It's easy to think of all small water craft as simply "row boats", but each type does something uniquely well that make them perfectly suited to their task.
This first build will be a "Downeast Salmon Wherry." These small boats were used in the longshore salmon fishery in the Penobscot Bay region of Maine at around the turn of the last century. It will be a boat for both oar and sail. It will sport a center board, knock up rudder and a simple sail rig - probably a sprit rig or gunter. I'll fill in the details as I go.
This will be a very simple and straightforward build. But I think it offers a number things modelers may find appealing.
1.) If you've never scratch built before, something simply like this is a great way to get your feet wet. Pun intended. Get after it, make mistakes, curse, learn and have a good time.
2.) There isn't very much material involved and you may already have everything you need in your scrap pile. An inexpensive model - maybe even free.
3.) Models like these are perfect between larger builds or when you don't know exactly what you want to tackle next.
4.) If you're like me and don't have a lot of room to display large models - these small ones can always find a home on a bookshelf or elsewhere.
5.) You're not modeling a singular actual boat but rather a type typical. You only have to be true to the historical and not to an actual existing example. This allows for personal expression in the build process.
Edited by FriedClams, 23 November 2016 - 01:41 PM.