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Everything posted by druxey

  1. You are partly correct, Meddo. The other reason is reinforcement for the main mast partners immediately aft of them.
  2. I've just looked at a handwritten contract for a sixth rate (1775) and the phrase 'iron stair cases' is included in the rubric. As this was not a regular fighting ship (see dafi's suggestion above), it strengthens my thought that this refers to the railing around the companion openings.
  3. The speculation sounds plausible, Wayne! Certainly iron stanchions and rails were used for safety to surround three sides of a companion coaming on, say, the quarter deck. Contemporary models show these.
  4. That seems like a reasonable assumption, Mark. It's certainly a new term for me! Thank you for posting the actual examples of this. I do note the provision "as shall be directed", implying that this might be a catch-all phrase preceding those words.
  5. I wish I'd read all these justifications years ago! Where were you all when I needed excuses????
  6. I've used an almost vibration-free DeWalt 778 successfully for 15 years. (Sorry, Brian!) I'm very happy with its performance. It is a variable speed machine. It's not clear whether the Jet offers this very useful feature. Foe instance, one can cut acrylic successfully at very slow speed without melting the plastic to the blade.
  7. Are you sure? Is it handwritten or part of the printed form?
  8. Just stumbled across your log, Michael. What a lovely craft! Very sweet lines. I can see she'd be a lot of fun. You've done a lovely job on her.
  9. Beautifully rendered, Igor. Also, the construction is interesting. Well done!
  10. I received a beautifully crafted set of miniature carving tools from Mihail Kirsanov on Friday. There are graduated small bevel-edged chisels in seven sizes, left and right skews in two sizes, U-gouges in ten sizes, a V-gouge and a large(r) skew. The are in a fitted box that includes honing blocks and fine-grit paper. I had the opportunity to give these tools a test-run and they perform beautifully. I can highly recommend these tools for advanced carvers. They are not inexpensive at USD290, but as these are hand-made to order only, this is not excessive. Be aware that Mr. Kirsanov can only communicate in Russian.
  11. I use bamboo for treenail production. I split and draw it down dry. As described above, use the layer just under the glassy outer layer. As one goes further down inside, the material becomes soft and fuzzy. And yes, using parallel pliers to draw the bamboo minimizes - but does not entirely eliminate - crushing.
  12. Stay-Brite can be blackened? Well, apart from the issue of false advertising, I didn't know that! Good to know that it is lead-free. Thanks, Kurt.
  13. Read one of the planking tutorials on this site.
  14. There were many medals struck to commemorate Nelson. The nicest (in my opinion) is the Boulton Medal.
  15. Ah! So it was never a book at all. Thank you. Alcedo and Jim. It was my education for today.
  16. Perhaps it was an advance ad for a volume that was never published?
  17. I had the pleasure of being in Amsterdam recently and visited the Rijksmuseum. Naturally this included seeing the stern carving of the Royal Charles from c.1663: https://lh6.ggpht.com/bwvUpz0W3LIpQWdNTwTZ2OOYFsTu9L_2OC_VzkHCOP5XP3Jf86wXVaxPGoSKu0fDFvWd9TOo8ZRAj_3gUGViQ2UuQIo=s0 Of course, the ship model room was a must. There are many models to be seen here, most in a very large glass case in the center of the model room. However, one model deserves especial mention. It is in a display case at one end of the room. Ay first glance it appears to be simply a large-scale half model from about 1800, dimly lit. However, if you go up a few steps to a viewing platform, it is far more than simply a half model. It is populated by a scale crew involved in all kinds of shipboard activities. These are not maquettes or mechanical figures. They are all moving holographic projections of actors in costume inside the model, shrunk down to scale size! Watch an officer reporting to the captain, a surgeon dealing with a wounded leg, decks being swabbed, sails being repaired and even a sailor going to the head! The display is brilliantly done and should not be missed, should you have the opportunity to go there.
  18. First Resawing Adventure

    An impressive pile of resawn lumber!
  19. Metal work resourcnes

    The Complete Metalsmith is a mine of information! All gold, no dross.
  20. Jane Austin / Downton Abbey Rap Song ...

    O tempora! O mores! Really quite amusing. Thank you - I think, Frolick.
  21. Those lines look sweet and lovely, John. Your description of getting there is laugh-out-loud funny! I guess not so much for you, though. Well done.
  22. You could, but if you've accidentally removed a little too much....
  23. If I understand your dilemma correctly, you are concerned with having sufficient wood for the extreme bevels at the bow of your model. Each frame will have an outer contour for its larger edge and smaller edge, the difference being the amount of bevel. If you take the smaller edge and then plot the thickness of the frame inside that, it will define the inner contour of the (unbevelled) frame when coupled with the larger outer contour. Does this help? And yes, bevelling and fairing the hull is easier when assembled!
  24. There is an English translation of Ollivier by the late David Roberts, published by Jean Boudriot Publications, ISBN0-948864-11-7. You may be able to locate copy on abebooks.com but it will be pricey!