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Martin W

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  1. That's not a "mess," it's a well-organized work site where everything is in plain view!
  2. That's a really nice looking Fly, Doug. Terrific work. Cheers, Martin
  3. Thanks, Ron, glad to have you check in. Seeing the attention to detail you put into your Oneida has always inspired me. Cheers, Martin
  4. Ha ha! Thanks, Doug. The difficulties might also be thought of as intriguing questions, like, hmm, can I do this? Thanks for checking in. Martin
  5. Thanks for checking you guys. Peter -- Those are very nice comments that I'll carry with me to the boatyard for many nights. I recently heard a famous woodworker say that the difference between an amateur and professional is that when someone compliments the amateur he begins to list all the faults of the piece, and when someone compliments the professional he just says, thanks. Mike -- I like your idea of pinning these figures from the back. That would prevent having to drill a hole all the way through. Last night I spent my whole modelling time sketching possibilities for the lower pieces, and working out the connection between them and the upper quarter pieces. My plan is to make a sort of L joint (technically, a lap joint I suppose) that the dogfish head would fit into and that would give gluing surfaces at the bottom and the back. So the two points of support would be the pinned head of the Triton, and the pinned & glued head of the dogfish. We'll see how it goes. Cheers, Martin
  6. Nice work. Did you cut them out with the scroll saw then file them to their final shape?
  7. Thanks BE, those are encouraging words. I'm not sure these little carvings will ever match the meticulous skill you bring to the craft, but I did enjoy making them. Thanks to everyone who checked in -- it's always nice to know you folks are still interested in my desultory work. Cheers, Martin
  8. I've effectively completed the two quarter piece carvings. I feel that I've been working on them continually, but looking at the date of my last posting, I have to wonder. Ok, I threw out three versions for three different reasons, so maybe starting over and over took some time. Here are some views: Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses. I tried to follow the advice in FFM of doing the two together, but each one took its own route. Looking at the pictures, I wonder where all the detail that I spent so long has disappeared to. Hmm, I was sure it was there. Uh oh, and now I've begun to notice other issues that I don't recall having ever seen before. Time to look away! As I've mentioned before, I have no idea how to attach them. The lower pieces (yet to exist) will provide a kind of basis, and the dogfish coming down from above might also, but they still seem to be pretty much just in the air. A basic gluing seems insufficient, but do I really want to drive a pin through Triton's head? Cheers, Martino lento
  9. I love the "crew perspective" shot! And I can see why you chose that canary wood for the base -- handsome! Overall, a build to be proud of. Cheers Martin
  10. Terrific work, Ron. I can only admire your nerves of steel in getting those oar shafts down so thinly. I also have to envy the quality of your photographs -- their clarity really does bring out the fine details of your work. Cheers, Martin
  11. Happy New Year Spy! I've just caught up with your log entries from the past few months (I've been bogged down in non-ship-modelling work). Sorry to hear about you & your wife's health problems. I'll raise a glass in a few hours to send my best hopes & wishes your way. Modern medicine can do some remarkable things. And whenever you think you might be a slow builder, remember me, probably the slowest on MSW (3 months shy of 5 years on the Fly). Walnut planking gave me fits way back when I build the Prince de Neufchatel. I have just finished building a blanket chest out of some black walnut, and it's nice to look at, but oh! the splinters I got along the way!!! Martin
  12. As Alfred Hitchcock said, "Any posting on MSW with a dog picture makes jolly Christmas cheer!" Happy Holidays to you, Mrs W (of the Shires), and William (himself). Cheers, Martin PS -- I love that beautiful little plane . . . I'm beginning to suspect you're a collector!?
  13. Ah, BE -- It seems that your easeful speculation has induced a bit of a strain.
  14. That planking is utterly fascinating, BE. And your anniversary photos show a handsome build -- so if it's all fun stuff here on out, as Chuck says, I hope it has results as compelling as what you've done so far. Cheers, Martin
  15. Yes it is fun! The Prince was my first build, and the rigging is what eventually led me to MSW, because I just could not figure out what the kit's instructions were about! Seeing you getting the standing rigging started makes me want to go back and look at my own work . . . but I dread finding out how much I did wrong. Your Prince really shows how it's all supposed to work. Cheers, Martin

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