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Martin W

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  1. BE -- I just to have to comment on your phone call -- the thought that someone would actually answer nowadays, and that two strangers could have a talk about a shared interest is deeply gratifying. Maybe a bit of civility still exists in the world, at least among ship modellers! Cheers, Martin
  2. Trigonometry? Yikes! That takes me back to the traumas of high school. But your very practical explanation of the procedure is helpful, Peter, and when/if I ever manage to get my new shipyard set up I'm going to keep it in mind. It's the masts & spars that I need to start on, and I've got the wood, I'm just waiting, waiting. Cheers, Lento Martin
  3. It's great to see how everything is coming together. I really like your work on the bowsprit netting, it's a delightful detail. Cheers, Martin
  4. One of the most delightful and entertaining aspects of following your logs, BE, is your unmatched talent in finding uses for those little pieces of detritus that litter builders' lives and workbenches. My word, a screw head! That's just as good as the bristle from William's brush. Wonderful. Martin
  5. Hi BE -- As I watch this build -- and it was the same for the Fifie -- I'm struck by my ignorance of these vessels. The details you're adding, and the basic sailing structures continually surprise me (ok, the ladder makes sense). Clearly my understanding is limited to a small range of 18th-century ships. And since much of my mind has always resided in the Baroque to Romantic eras, they are what seem natural to me. So, following your craftsmanship and research is an education not only in technique, but also style and utility of an era and region. Fabulous! Cheers
  6. Oh man! I can't imagine -- or, maybe I don't want to imagine -- fitting those rubbing strakes. They line up perfectly, but you say nowt about how much spiling you had to do. I can see why you're staying away from the black. With the other bright colors, it would make for a bit of the peacock. And I have to confess that seeing the angle of the rudder made me do a double take. A rather upright bow and sharply angled stern -- how very interesting! Cheers, Martin
  7. Hello BE -- This is a sweet build. With the planking on the lines of this boat come out, and I have to say they are fascinating with that sharp bow. Your work is as precise as always and I for one appreciate that holly plank you had to use because it shows up the amount of spiling you had to do. But William's face does not look at all guilty. C'mon, confess it: you staged that photo. 🤨 Hope you enjoyed your trip. I think we're all getting itchy feet. Good luck. Martin
  8. Fiddling work indeed, but neatly done. The shot looking down to the deck is great! Cheers, Martin
  9. That's a pleasant looking work space, BE. I have to admire your woodworking bench with the dogholes and front vise. I'm gearing up to build one for myself, so that I can build drawers and another bench for the basement, where my boatyard will be. I also like the way you've neatly stowed all your equipment. Frankly, I'm jealous. Martin
  10. Hi Jason -- I hope you've survived the blackout and that your electricity is back on. It's hard to work on a build in the dark, eh? Cheers, Martin
  11. You've listed the very reasons Mrs W of the Hills was able to convince me (she didn't have to work very hard) to move here. Plus there's a sizeable woodworking community. Here's proof of just how rural we are: Cheers, Martin
  12. Hello BE -- As I was touring MSW for new Swan builds, I came across this. What fun to read through the log of your progress, and to see you and William at it on a surprisingly different sort of project. As always your ingenuity in building in details like the baskets and the strops on the blocks is fascinating, and your narrative flair always entertaining. And I never thought there would be such reliable archival information on the fishing fleet! As I'm waiting (and waiting) to get my own work space together in my new residence, I'll get my modelling dose from watching you finis
  13. Whenever shop time, boatyard time, or any other enjoyable activity starts to become too much of a chore and not enough of a pleasure, the only solution is to get away, drink a few beers, and think something, anything else. Naps are good. Martin
  14. You're right, Peter, it was a long drive. And even though it's technically the same country, Connecticut and Oklahoma are pretty different from one another. I haven't checked out any of the wine you mentioned, but I have had some local beer, and it's definitely potable. I'm itching to get back to work. Cheers, Martin
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