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About skifflake

  • Birthday 01/19/1951

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    Skiff Lake, New Brunswick, Canada
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    Started building wooded ship models in 1971. Most kits were from Blue Jacket out of Norwalk, Conn. at that time. I recently found that my hands were to shaky and my eyes were not the same. I found my self running away for model building until one day I was at an estate auction that had a number of pond boats and models in rough shape from the early 1900's. I hated to see these boats ending up in the trash and I purchased them all to restore. They are a piece of history and for my own satisfaction I wanted to save them all. The past five years I have been collecting and restoring old models acquired from estates, auctions, etc. I'm always looking for early 1900 pond boats, hand made models, folk art, ets. Condition is not a concern. Just the fact I can save a model, regardless of condition give me great pleasure. Some I restore completely and others I clean, refurbish but leave them in their natural state. At lease with bad eyes and shaky hands I have found a new cause. Anyone in the same condition may find saving a piece of history as gratifying as build a scratch. That way you can keep active and get the enjoyment of saving a piece of history . Thank you from Skiff Lake NB Canada. Pat

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  1. Just beautiful. The big Nor-Easter is just starting here in Fredericton. I will keep watching. Thanks. Pat
  2. Keith: Just beautiful and skilled detail. You are pushing me to much higher standards. I will be watching and learning. Thanks. Pat at Skiff Lake NB
  3. I'm just starting a complete restoration on a few boats. The first is a 38" solid wood boat built by a fisherman from the North Shore of New Brunswick, NB. Canada. The second boat is 40" long and I need help in identify this model. Ie, make, year and if possible where could I find plans to complete the restoration. Thanks, Pat at Skiff Lake
  4. Hi Keith: I build my wife a Victorian house. This took a lot of heat off as she said I was spending to much time on my boats. Now she spends hours decoration her new home. It really works.....
  5. Great Job Mike. I will watch right through to competition. Pat at Skiff Kale
  6. Keep us updated. I will be watching as the bluenose is one of my favorite. Pat
  7. Thanks so much Jon. I have learned so much from the pictures above and I will be revisiting as a reference going forward. I acquired a 1930 hand made fishing boat from the North Shore of New Brunswick. the hull alone is over 36". I will be doing a complete restoration starting this Spring and I plan on starting a restoration log. I will coming back to your builds for your help and inspiration. By the way, the Blizzard hitting here today has completely shut down New Brunswick. 40" plus 60 mph winds. Pat at Skiff Lake
  8. Looks like one of the biggest Nor'easters of the season headed for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia tonight. People around the world please came and help us shovel out on Tuesday. Thanks. Pat at Skiff Lake https://www.cbc.ca/1.3978932
  9. Hey Derek: Don't throw anything away. You never know that one day you will go back to a build that has been sitting for years. My 40 year old ferry actually had mold growing on it. I'm glad I actually put all the fittings in the same box... Pat
  10. Here is an example of a model I built back in 1975. I was in over my head and eventually packed it away in a box. 40 years late and I little more experience I thought I would see what I could do to bring this Swedish ferry, Bohuslan, back to life. By the way, this ferry celebrated it's 100 anniversary in 2014. The real ferry Bohuslan has been restored and is a tourist attraction today. So, if you have old kits or somewhat completed models, take a second look and you may have some real enjoyment. See below before and after pictures
  11. All the above is so true. I have been building since 1971. Of the 20 kits I have only completed five that I value. During the past five years I have gone back to redoing a number of my early builds that were some what completed or just put on the back shelf. They may not be exactly what they should be but if anything I have bought them back to life and I had a lot of enjoyment. revisiting old kits. Pat
  12. Hi Jon: Fantastic work. I do look forward to seeing the completed Bluenose in person. As for the restiration project with you friend please keep me posted. Thanks Pat

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