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  • Birthday 07/18/1957

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    Crown Point, IN, USA
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    Dutchman living in the Midwest.

    Dutch Ships (1600-1850), Especially different types of merchant ships, Everything about VOC history, Woodcrafts (carving, scrollsaw), Bonsai, Edible gardening.
    Member & Secretary of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago.

    Unofficial Moto from the VOC.
    "God is Good, but Trade is Better"

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  1. Some facts you probably already know about Climate Change. Many have expressed shock about this unprecedented heat wave. Yet the writing has been on the wall for decade. Since the 1970s and 1980s, climate scientists have warned that global warming would make heat waves more frequent, long-lasting and intense. The Middle East has reported temperatures averaging 122 degrees Fahrenheit and whole regions may become virtually uninhabitable for parts of each year. Warming temperatures in Siberia have led to the astonishing melting of layers of permafrost. Human-caused warming makes extremes like this more common. Unless people drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, this heat wave doesn’t represent a ‘new normal’ but rather a worrying taste of the effects to come. Summers in the Pacific Northwest are about three degrees warmer today than 50 or 100 years ago. Such warming means exceptionally strong heat waves, such as this, become more frequent. Heat waves that used to occur as 1-in-1,000-year events are becoming 1-in-100-year events and 1-in-100-year events are becoming 1-in-20,” he said. Research shows climate change has worsened the “megadrought” over much of the West, because warming temperatures dry out the land surface more quickly Finally, it’s possible that climate warming has changed the jet stream to increase the strength of hot weather patterns such as what we’ve seen in the Pacific Northwest this week. There is a way out of this nightmare of ever-worsening weather extremes, and that is a rapid transition to clean energy which can stabilize the climate. But there’s no consensus in Washington on making that transition. Marcus
  2. I've read this somewhere. I am reading an ebook about something similar. It is a PhD dissertation The Frigid Golden Age - Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560–1720 By: Dagomar Degroote, Gorgetown University The author describes the early onset of climate change and goes from there, describing how the Dutch were successful in utilizing this era. Marcus
  3. @Nirvana Scandinavia with all the fjords and valleys must have some unique microclimates. @Jack12477 Let me rephrase the area in Canada. I meant Quebec and north such as Hudson Bay. I know the area you mentioned has good wines. There is one vineyard in Iceland by the name of Husavik. I've visited Iceland twice and it is an interesting country. With all the geothermal activity going on there is bound to be an area that is warm. Marcus
  4. In the coming decades this weather pattern will be the "norm". We have been getting a lot of rain with temps in the mid 90s and 90% humidity. High temps and humidity is pretty normal and is good for the million plus acres of corn and soybeans we grow annually here in the Midwest. I am waiting for the USDA to tell me that we moved from zone 5 to 6. Milder winters would be nice. Furthermore, I could grow many more different plant species if I lived in zone 6 which I can't grow in my present zone 5. With the warming of the planet wine regions will go further north such as Canada and Scandinavia. Ever heard of a wine from Norway? Soon this will be reality. Maybe not in my lifetime, but it will happen. Marcus
  5. Today till Saturday on and off rain so no garden work. We get much needed rain whereas the South and the East of the US are floating away as they have too much rain. Actively working on deck items. Different types of bits. Pump Whipstaff and how it is installed under the deck. Whipstaff This door is first cut out of balsa and sanded to specs. On the left a block of cherry with the outline of the door Balsa door template on the left, final cherry door on the right. Location of the door. Gratings made out of cherry and walnut. Gratings installed on the decks. Door from the captain's quarters. Different layers of decks. Different installed bits Deck items in place. Deck items. Marcus
  6. @Cathead Thanks for the elaborate explanation. My apples are in espalier form. All types of berries in rows next to the raised beds. Most of my food is grown in raised beds. My perennial herbs and rhubarb and are located in the perennial flower beds. Have flowers from February (winter aconite) to November (wild flowers), this is to attract the pollenators most of the year. Marcus
  7. Wow, are you feeding an army with all that acreage? I use a third of my 1 acre property for my edible garden and it is for 2 people. Marcus
  8. @allanyed, @Bob Cleek, @Bill Hudson, @reklein and @Gregory I thank you all for the information and advice. I will definitely get a draw plate and look into model RR nails. The long black nails I presently have so few of were used for my Marklin model RR which I purchased in the 70's and 10 years ago sold all of it on eBay to someone in China. Marcus
  9. @allanyed Thank you for the detailed information. I will look up the name you gave me. I have not tried a draw plate and I know I should have been doing that a couple of ships back. Smallest scale I built is 1 : 48 and larger. My Fluit, the Zeehaen is 1:37.5. The built I saw it on was from a meber by the name of Ondras. I've seen builts where the tree nails are too large and it looks horrible. I saw how Tosti did it with his Clipper ship and that was very cool the way he did it. Dutch ships in the 17th century used big black nails of various sizes. Several pictures from the Statenjacht Utrecht book by Ab Hoving shows how it is done. I visit friends in Holland every 2 to 3 years and then visit several maritime museums. Many models on display have black nails. I have used this as well on the Utrecht and a small Dutch merchant ship called a Boyer. I am running out of the nails an I've been researching an alternative. In the US they are called "bank pins". I will try the draw plate and bamboo. Marcus
  10. I saw on a built little wooden pegs created by a hollow 0.65mm needle to be used on the hull of a ship. Where can I get something like that and are there other diameters? Thank you in advance. Marcus
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