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  1. I’m still working on learning how to carve. I’m getting better and I’ll be making another attempt at the entry port carvings in the near future. I still need some better wood, but I might go with cedar.
  2. Very cool! Very informative! I might have to give a card scratchbuild a try!
  3. Just keep working at it and don’t get discouraged. Always remember though, slow is fast. Take your time and have fun.
  4. If you look at the progression, it started out really rough and slowly got better.
  5. After second layer of planking (and sanding, but no filling, because I cut individual planks and very carefully attached them, fitting them as I went).
  6. After sanding and filling: Note: I had started the second layer of planking.
  7. I used a hand plane on my last planking when it looked that rough. It worked wonders. Trim off the excess carefully and then sand it good to see how much filling you actually need to do. Remember, slow is fast.
  8. Good start! Take it slow and have fun!
  9. The capstans would have been wood.

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