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About SawdustDave

  • Birthday 01/22/1943

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    Lumberton, NC
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    My family, golfing with friends, woodworking (furniture), Texas Holdem' poker with friends; and ship modeling.

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  1. Thanks Tom. We are lucky to have our home located in a “high ground” part of our sadly devastated home town. Bowsprit rigging.... still quite a bit to do there, as you know, before moving on to the mast spars.
  2. Jon.... I cannot find any specs on thickness for their products. Here’s a link that will allow you to browse.... https://theanglersconnection.com/ Since Woodstock is the manufacturer, they do not sell to individuals. I generally find it on Amazon because I can’t find it in local fishing tackle shops in this area. Anyone with ice fishing in their area may find it in local fishing tackle shops. Cheers
  3. Been wondering when someone would inquire regarding the beautiful black line I have been using for years. Jon.... I have three different gages of braided nylon casting line manufactured by Woodstock. The heavy line used for shrouds and mast preventor stays is 50 lb test. The line used for ratlines is 2 lb test made by Hercules..... label says it is 0.2mm Then I have a number of different sizes of Chuck’s rope that will be used as I move into spar rigging on the three masts. Cheers all PS.... Just heard POTUS may be visiting my flooded town today. I can hear numerous large choppers flying around the area right now.
  4. BOWSPRIT RIGGING.... Just a few shots of the rigged bowsprit. All of the fellow Connie builders know, without my word, the difficulty of this area. Happy to have the first spar now hanging securely beneath her bowsprit. OOPS! Just noticed I have not added the foot ropes beneath the flying jibboom. Easy enough to take care of at this point.
  5. Thanks guys. Very fortunate for sure. As for bowsprit rigging, let me say, hats off to any of you Connie builders who managed to fight through the directions and drawings I’ve seen. This is, by far, the most complex bowsprit rigging I have ever tackled. I do miss working from Chuck’s instructions and graphics. My suggestion to any modeler looking for a great kit to build.... don’t even think about anything not designed by Master Passaro.... Confederacy, Syren, Mayflower, Longboat, and eventually his Winney.
  6. Just a quick comment on the storm. Thankfully, our home in Lumberton remains high and dry and no wind damage. Unfortunately, not the case for thousands of our neighbors living in low areas near the Lumber River. Had power for most of the time.... actually managed to make progress in the shipyard. Spent the morning rigging the bowsprit spar.
  7. “Batten down the hatches!” Sort of takes on a whole new meaning, huh? Cheers
  8. Rigging the bowsprit with 60 mph winds howling outside my shop.... makes it pretty interesting, to say the least. Not sure how long we will continue to have power today, but quite sure it will go down as this storm moves through at a turtle pace. Flooding is our biggest concern. Thoughts and Prayers much needed and appreciated.
  9. Boy do I know the sinking feeling after almost losing my Confederacy when the cargo box blew out the back of my truck returning from a show in Columbia, SC a couple of years ago. Much more damage, but very lucky I didn’t build a bottom to the cargo box. Took a couple of weeks to repair.
  10. Ken.... Was it John Wayne who said “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” Comforting to know there are friends like you and Tom.... if it gets too tough, I can pack her up and ship it to one of you guys to finish. Yahahaha. Dave
  11. Thanks Tom. I think I’ve been a very lucky man health wise, considering the physical abuse I’ve imposed on my body. I guess a little bit of arthritis in the shoulders is to be expected at age 75. Actually began to notice the discomfort during the SOS rigging. Wrapped up the rat lines for the lower fore mast this morning. Will work on more of the standing rigging this evening. Thanks for dropping in. Dave
  12. Now you tell me! Yahahaha After rigging the four lines at the main mast, I began plotting how I would attack the fore mast rigging and decided on exactly the approach you described here Jon. Seems like there are only two similar rigging to deal with there. Thanks for the visit.
  13. PROGRESS..... Almost a month since last update, I figured it was about time of offer evidence that I'm still moving forward.... albeit very slowly. A minor development in my "physical wellness" seems to be hampering my progress. Having to do with age and years of abuse, but I've noticed that the ability to hold my arms in position required for rigging is now limited to 20 or 30 minutes per work session. MRI pictures have confirmed that Mr. Arthur Ritus is giving me a fit throughout the shoulder blades. So here's a couple of shots and a quick thumbnail summary.... Just beginning the starboard foremast lower ratlines.... noting the grid pattern firmly secured by tacking the 10th, 20th, and 30th course to prevent the outer shrouds from "inward creeping". This will complete all of the lower shrouds and ratlines for all three masts. Also noting that I have installed preventer lines from the Mizzen and Main masts to assure the rake of the masts are well secured. Note.... I ran into a real challenge with the rigging of the four preventer lines belaying into deck eye bolts inside the Main mast fife rails. MAN! Wishing I had not glued the fife rail assembly in place prior to this task.
  14. The Gun Deck is, indeed coming along very nicely Jon.

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