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  1. Wood Allergies

    As Jaager advises, "Listen to your body". If you had such a severe reaction on first exposure, get someone else to remove all traces of this wood and dust from your workshop for you.
  2. Without knowledge of the particular builders of Providence, it would be hard to determine which method was used in that specific case. My personal bet would be a square stern (not tuck), as this was more common on smaller vessels. Your observation on Chuck's Cheerful is a good one. This detail of construction is not usually seen on modern models. It was done this way with rabbets in both directions to prevent plank end-grain from being exposed to water. If not done, moisture followed by rot would quickly wick its way in. One can see this detail of construction on models in the USNA museum collection, as well as being explained in the new book on The Hayling Hoy of 1759-60.
  3. Bob: what a great idea: a bi-species hygrometer!
  4. Yes, the Thomson Collection is a permanent one in the basement level of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The lighting leaves a lot to be desired, so take a small fob LED light if you actually want to see anything! No photography allowed, unfortunately.
  5. Some questions about shrouds

    Also good references to consider: Darcy Lever, The Young Sea Officers' Sheet Anchor (A slightly later time period, though) David Antscherl, The Fully Framed Model, Volume IV C. Nepean Longridge The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships (Again, slightly later)
  6. Another factor to consider is that wood movement is greater across the grain than along it. That will affect any empirical measurements you might make.
  7. Next Meeting, Model Shipwrights of Niagara is Sunday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. The subject this month is 'Adhesives'. For place and directions, please enquire on our web site: modelshipwrightsofniagara.weebly.com Please note that this is the last meeting before summer break. Welcome to all who can attend!
  8. Atlantis by Thistle17 - Robbe

    Just catching up with you on this build, Joe. Very nice and clean work. Yoru client had better appreciate it!
  9. Need Some Help

    The model, although a nice one, appears quite incomplete. For instance, it is missing masts, lifeboats and their davits. While it may have some value, the value would be much increased by a restoration. Of course, whether you would get your money back as an investment if your intention is to sell it after is one thing! However, if you wish to keep it for your pleasure, then it would be worth it. Be aware that a professional restoration is not cheap.
  10. Outhaul tackle would be required as well, surely?
  11. Last Sunday's meeting brought four visitors from Rochester; members of the Model Shipwrights' Guild of Western New York. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting them and hope that this will lead to further exchanges with the club. (Photo courtesy Mike Kamish)
  12. Nice planning and execution on the workshop storage units!
  13. John Harland, 1923 to 2018

    Yes, it is a great loss to the nautical research community. John fortunately wrote extensively and was very generous in sharing his knowledge. He will be missed.
  14. If the brass has any thickness, file a 'V' on the side you are bending toward. There will still be a slight radius, but it will be much less than a bend where that has not been done. Bending sheet metal.psd

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