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The Alaskan Yellow Cedar barge has been planked.  Still lots to do on this one.  I havent even faired the hull inboard yet.  But before the molding and red paint is added I thought this would give you guys a nice idea of how the yellow cedar looks.  I have just applied some wipe on poly.  You can see the cherry version behind it.   They are actually the exact same size but digital cameras do these funny things....

 

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I would like to get the cedar version to the same point as the cherry version so I can progress with both simultaneously.

 

All the cedar is wood project source

 

 

Chuck

 

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How do you like AYC for shipmodeling Chuck? I've heard that it's an oily wood and can be hard to glue. But it's a wonderful wood for carving-I've made numberboards for our boat using Alaskan Yellow Cedar, and it was great to work with-reminded me of a softer boxwood. I plan to carve trailboards for Amie using AYC.

 

Thanks,

 

Harvey

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I like it a lot.  Its a little light for my taste but not too bad.  I am hoping it darkens a bit with age.   The gluing was no problem.   Both CA and carenters glue/titebond.  No issues at all.

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The Alaskan Yellow Cedar barge has been planked.  Still lots to do on this one.  I havent even faired the hull inboard yet.  But before the molding and red paint is added I thought this would give you guys a nice idea of how the yellow cedar looks.  I have just applied some wipe on poly.  You can see the cherry version behind it.   They are actually the exact same size but digital cameras do these funny things....

 

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I would like to get the cedar version to the same point as the cherry version so I can progress with both simultaneously.

 

All the cedar is wood project source

 

 

Chuck

Lovely work Chuck, as always.

 

What a strange camera effect.  Reminds me of the old Tootsie Roll advert in Superman comics back in the day :D

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    Just a quick note to let folks know that Cheerful starter packages are now back in stock.  I know that several of you folks have been waiting patiently for them to be restocked.  Sorry for the delay.


 


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While you wait for your starter package to arrive....take a look at the many build logs of Cheerful on MSW.


 


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Currently working on internally stropped block kits.  These are the prototypes for single blocks.   I am going to make some doubles real soon.  These pictured are 3/16" long.  I think making these kits smaller will problematic or at least tricky for some folks to build.   But manufacturing them shouldnt be an issue.  These 3/16" singles went together pretty easy but going down to say 1/8" will need some testing.  Larger blocks will be easy to make and I plan on producing 3/16", 1/4", 9/32", 5/16" and 11/32" long blocks for sure.

 

They are laser cut boxwood....with nickle chrome strap included in the kit.  I couldnt source brass thin enough and the correct size width for the strops because they are very tiny.  BUT these will blacken beautifully and for more modern boats and yachts will work very well.   The sheave can be replaced with a brass one should someone want to.   And it will be a working sheave.  But pictured are wood sheaves in these blocks.

 

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They will come six per pack like my other laser cut kits for blocks.   I am not sure when they will be in stock but I figured I would share my progress as I work up the prototypes.  Many have asked me to make these in the past but I just didnt have the time.  The layers were glued together first for all six blocks at one time.  Then a removed them from the spru.  After sanding some of the laser char from around each block to get them pretty clean I placed them in my block tumbler for about 1 minute to finish the cleaning of the char and round them off a bit.

 

Next the strops were bent and pushed into the engraved slots all the way through the block.  Then the sheave pin hole was drilled out again so it went through the strop metal.   Finally the sheave pin was pushed into position (22 gauge wire) and snipped off on both sides.  It was finally cleaned up again to file the sheave pins flat and remove and dirt from handling.  I think these came out pretty good for the first go around with these.

 

 

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Thank you very much guys.   The design and prototyping has been tweaked and I think I have it all finalized.   I have created some double blocks as you can see in this latest photo.  This photo shows 3/16" single and double blocks with brass straps.   The larger sized blocks are 1/4" singles.   So these are quite small.  The 3/16" blocks will the smallest I will make and stock.

 

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If you look closely at the photo, you will see a 3/16" single block with a roller on the bottom.   Although these kits will come with brass strips for the straps and the right sized wire for the sheave pin,  they wont come with what you will need to add the rollers.  But with a bit of creativity it is not difficult to do.  Even at this small size.  I will be making more prototypes so I can document each stage of constructing the kits and write the instructions.  Then I will start making these available.  The brass strips for the straps are various sizes and thicknesses so I had to buy a sheer press/break and I will be cutting all of the brass strips for this min kits because the various sizes are not available commercially.   These types of blocks are a little out of my element but I have been asked so many times to start offering them.  

 

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Shortly after I may make just the brass strips available in various widths not commonly found.  For example,  .005 thick x 3/64" wide.   Most brass strips available commercially are too thick and too wide for such fine detailing.

 

Chuck

 

 

 

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Great looking blocks, Chuck. Will you have any ready by the Joint Clubs  Conference in April?  I'm interested .

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That is the goal.  I really wanted to have Cheerful and the Barge finished for Joint clubs but right now I will probably only have enough time to stock some 3/16" and 1/4" blocks.  Th elarger sizes will roll out later.   I only have a day or two each week to work in the shop these days.   So I am falling crazy behind.  There is little chance the barge and cheerful will be completed by then.  So these blocks will have to do.  :)

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Chuck,

I have been making these for schooner models for a number of years and they are a royal pain in the neck.  Three cheers for laser cutting and your efforts!!!!  Next time I am in need I will be reaching out.

Allan

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Those look great Chuck; nice job.  As I said, very timely for me.  I am awaiting delivery of a book in the next week or two and will then be able to determine the sizes I need and will place an order soon after.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Chuck,

 

you haven't posted a longer time about your Royal Navy barge. When do you think I can order a kit?

I am the next months on a site in the Netherlands and it will be very nice to work on your small kit in the evening.

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I am trying but havent had time to work on anything lately.   Life has gotten in the way and not the good stuff unfortunately.

 

I have been very busy lately trying to care for my Mom who has terminal Cancer.   Its very sad but she doesnt have much time left and I have been driving the 1 1/2 hours down to see her and my Dad several times a week and staying a few days at a time to help him out.   She is in in-house hospice now and has only a little time left.  The visiting nurses dont understand why she hasnt passed yet based on her condition.  She is fighting it every step of the way.  Its why things have been out of stock a lot in my store and the reason for any delays.

 

It may be at least another three or four months before that barge project is completed.   Right now I am concentrating on trying to keep parts in stock during the few days I am home in my shop each week.  

 

As these next few weeks approach I am thinking things will get steadily worse and you folks might notice my absence for a while and stuff in the store not being available.   

 

Chuck

 

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Very sorry to hear about your Mother's cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Your time is needed with your Mom and Dad now, Syren can wait.

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Thanks...

 

This has been going on for the last two or three months now and figured I would let everyone know because I may have to shut Syren down for a week or two at some point soon.   I just cant keep up with the inventory and need some time to sort stuff out.   So I apologize in advance if you guys see that the store is shut down.  I just want you guys to know I am not going out of business.  I am just taking care a few things and regrouping so-to-speak.  Its just temporary.  ....Thanks for understanding.

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 Spending time with family is much more important than dealing with this stuff.  I doubt very few people who when they are on their deathbed think "I wish I spent more time at work" ( even if they love what they do).  This place can take care of itself and it will all be here when you're ready to come back. Thoughts and prayers.

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