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  1. Keith, I think most of us have run out of words to use on how beautiful your work is. Maybe monumental is still available, and if it is, that's my comment on your work for today's post. It is certainly an aspiration for 99.9% of us. Allan
  2. Thanks Keith! I have had the walnut for what seems like forever and a long story that goes with it and the tree it came from, but that is for another day. I figured I may as well let it go to a paying customer and it does no good just sitting in the shop. Quick??? Not really. I have a loose deadline, but as I can work on it for at least 4 hours a day on most days, it goes pretty quickly. Allan
  3. Well done, you are making great progress. Hope to see more soon. Allan
  4. Standing rigging is about complete, including flying backstays which I suppose are more running rigging than standing rigging. I turned the parrels on the lathe using boxwood. I finally bought a block tumbler to round the edges of all the blocks and put the parrels into the tumbler for about 20 seconds to round the edges as well. Saved a lot of time hand sanding and came out more even. The parrels are supported on a metal (brass in this case) rod similar to those on many of the Gloucester fishing schooners rather than rope. The back drop material I used for some of the ph
  5. Michel, The attached first page is a sketch of the backstay rigging for a 65 foot schooner. Note that the block and cleat in this sketch are inboard. The eye is in the cap rail or alternatively may be secured to the deck. The next three pages by Jennison may help in much of your rigging. As Bob mentioned not all vessels were rigged the same. A great reference for schooners of the late 18th century is Chapelle's American Fishing Schooners. One caveat is that while this book is loaded with details, it has no useful index and I find myself scouring it every time I need to find a detail.
  6. For the main back stays, these are usually flying back stays that are set up with blocks to allow one side or the other to be "let go" in order to swing the boom. Allan
  7. Druxey, ain't that the truth! As I mentioned previously, common sense has to come into play. For example, many of the blocks are secured on pads on the deck with corresponding cleat nearby to belay the line. BUT, not all. There are several blocks set up in this manner with no place to belay the lines. The "Captain" that I am working with at Bristol Marine has given me pretty much carte blanche in getting things right as I see them, including adding fife rails, but I worry about gross errors. There is one issue in particular that I hope to work out with the shipyard toda
  8. Hi Richard, My apologies but I think a few of us (me for sure) have no idea what your post means about extreme tension fiber and extreme compression fiber. When you say beam column thickness, do me mean the frames, and regarding thickness is it the sided or moulded dimension? To make things a little easier, what ship are you building, nationality, name, rate, year, etc? From the photos and your checking with Greg, it sounds like a Swan class sloop. If this is not the case, for British ships, there are several sources (The Establishments of 1719, 1745 and 1750, Shipbuilder's Repo
  9. Keith, you beat me to it. I noticed the Fanta can/support piece as I am a fan of their products. Not necessarily for health, but got to do something naughty now and then. Vaddoc, I am looking forward to continuing following your log!! Great start. This is the first time I have seen anyone gluing the patterns to both sides of a frame so another new trick to try. Allan
  10. Keith, I read your latest post several times as there are quite few lessons in there. You really do have a great gift for finding reasonable solutions for what seem like daunting problems for the rest of us. Did you soft or silver solder the master pieces before slicing the individual cradles? Allan
  11. Thanks Tom, One thing that I have found that is interesting is the rigging. Like days of old with contemporary drawings from the British and French going back 100 years or even 300 years, there is very little information on rigging and rigging scantlings for many types of vessels. Running rigging was often customized by the captain so nothing was set in stone and it appears that is still the case to a great extent today. Discussions with the shipyard have been helpful, but generally they suggest going with what makes sense based on other schooners as they have not yet finalized belay p
  12. Jon, I really envy you being able to visit Ernestina and the shipyard in general. When we get through this pandemic, a visit to the Bristol Marine yard is on my bucket list!
  13. Hi Tom, Welcome aboard! I wonder if you are our first helicopter pilot/aviator!! Would love to hear more about that as our youngest son flew Blackhawks for 22 years before retiring. Allan
  14. NMM had a beautiful model of a British shipyard on display some years back, but may very well be in storage. It was quite detailed and would answer a lot of questions to be sure. Maybe do a search on their website in the collections section. (https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections) I did a quick look and there are a lot of paintings with worded descriptions to go with them. One example follows, including their written description. You also try Googling the name of an individual yard. I was able to find a lot of information on Buckler's Hard that way including a Google Earth shot o
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