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About JP01

  • Birthday 02/29/1952

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    Perth Australia
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    Ship modelling, Carpentry

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  1.  Hi all; I am a Canadian born and presently retired financial analyst
     living out my retirement years in my newly adopted country of choice; 
    Australia.  Yeah I am an immigrant just like those foreigners from 
    Melbourne and I fell off the proverbial boat about 14 years ago after
     passing that great 4’ statue of “the bronze kangaroo” while coming into
     Freemantle harbor.  Presently  I am living in Perth which is one of
     the world’s great hotspots for money making but my eye is wandering
     and thoughts of moving to the Gold Coast on the other shore only a 
    few miles away (by Perth standards) are growing daily.  Remember when
     you live in the most isolated city in the world, being Perth  then 
    places like Bali , Singapore etc. are closer than the next big city 
    of Adelaide; really.  Talk about the outback! 
    
    Getting down to the business at hand; like most youngsters I went 
    through the model stage with cars, planes and what have you but when 
    it came to ship models their anchors seem to have hooked my heart. 
     Being brought up in an old fashion wood ship building shipyard in NS
     Canada it was only natural that my first major ship model in my early
     teens was, of course, the Bluenose.  My dear father who possessed
     over a hundred real half scale models of ships actually built from 
    them was so proud he gave my Bluenose center place on the fireplace
     mantel.  Truth be told it was a piece of crap.  A few other plastic 
    ships later and then along came that Cutty Sark by Revell 
    (I think that is how “Revell”  is spelled).   What a ship! 
    What a disaster!  That was a bit of an overshot for my abilities 
    and if anything that retarded the construction greatly but after years 
    of persistence and perseverance I finally got it completed.  I still 
    have it and even though I have been offered to sell it I prefer to 
    keep it around to remind me of all the mistakes I made, not the least
     overstepping my abilities, so I could constantly be reminded and 
    become better in the future.  It’s a piece of crap also but it does 
    not look that bad (on first glance, at least) lol. As they say 'in
     order to be able to write a good book you must first have to
     write a bunch of crap'. 
    
    Business then caught up to me and that lasted for more than 
    twenty-five years.  All the while I was buying tools etc. for the 
    great wooden scratch build I was planning when I retired.  Most of 
    those tools I probably will never use and given my financial 
    background I kept a ledger of every penny spent and I am sorry to say
     I am now at round $23K spent and I am desperately in need of a 
    Sherline mill and a better table saw not to mention …… you know the 
    rest!
    
    Well the big retirement finally came but to say I was burned out 
    would have been an understatement and I paid for it dearly with about 
    five years of medical blowouts and recoveries.  But throughout it all
     I spent my time thinking and researching modeling.  
    
    I never realize what a wonderful  life I had being brought up in an 
    old fashion wooden shipyard until someone recently asked me to write 
     a book about it as there are not too many of us left that can remember
     those days.  Every day after school and every weekend I was in the 
    shipyard playing and had full run of the place. Please don’t ask why.
      I got to meet and become friends with the old time shipwrights, 
    naval architects, blacksmiths,chaulkers and the list goes on and they
     continually taught me without me even realizing it. I remember 
    spending hours standing there motionless and silent watching some old
     guy (probably 35) doing his trade, studying their ways, their odd 
    tools and not saying a word as it was all going in.  Not a small feat
     for a kid of 10 plus years old.  Given the shipyard was in Lunenburg
     County Nova Scotia it is plain to see that during my time
     shipbuilding was mostly relegated to fishing ships.  I seen over a 
    hundred real ships built from scratch.  The sailing ships of the past
     ended just before my time but I clearly remember seeing old pictures
     of  schooners and clippers built in that shipyard on the office walls 
    but unfortunately built before my time.  The shipyard made just about
     everything for the ships except bolts and nails and engines. 
     Everything else was pretty well made in the various buildings and
     parts of the shipyard even down to the mutton bars for the ship 
    “windows”.  Yes, I know they have another name in ship terminology
     but I always liked to keep it simple and follow the adage that if 
    one cannot speak in a manner understandable to all present then he 
    probably doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about.  Of course 
    when you are in the presence of similar minded people then a higher
     terminology than the man on the street may perhaps understand is 
    rightfully in order and in that case being in the presence of model 
    shipwrights in MSW then they are called “lights”.  Portholes, the 
    shipyard did not make and to this day I never can figure out why we 
    have portholes but not starboardholes.  Goes to show what I learnt 
    and know.   I still remember and miss the great wall full of wooden
     shaper planes of just about every kind back in the days before routers
    , shapers and mills.  The shipyard even had its own saw mill and I 
    remember they had one express man whose sole job was to go out in the
     woods and just find knees.  Yes they still used wooden knees in my 
    day.  It was all very mesmerizing, interesting, enlightening and 
    memorable, to say the least, for a young man growing up.   Anyway , 
    as they use to say in Lunenburg County  back then; “Nuff said for
     today on that”.  
    
    Now that my health is back on even keel and I am finally getting 
    real retirement time I hope to begin actually making sawdust shortly 
    in the new year of 2020.  First the paperwork.  I want to try my hand
     at a true miniature model beginning at a scale of at least 1:200 
    and see how those sizes work for me.  I propose to start off with a 
    skipjack and slowly go up from there.  I propose to make a build log 
    at the time but will probably post it retroactive, at least, for the
     first one. One could say 'I'm the shy type'!
     
    I am the type that either talks too much or not at all.  Presently 
    in MSW I am not talking much as there is really nothing for me to say
     or contribute to in light of so many experts on site.  Most of my 
    reading on MSW relates to finished models so there is no talking on 
    those sites even if I had something to contribute or to compliment. 
      In any event I will continue to prod along and hope to slowly get
     to know most of you over time.   All the best.  I remain,
    
    
    JP

    12SEP2019

  2. Patrick I just caught up to your wonderful work. I love your style. Bien fait! JP
  3. Reed I admire your perseverance and desire to always make it better. Nice going! Ron I like your Sketch Up abilities
  4. Hello Kees I just toured you fine little museum and I thoroughly enjoyed it. All this herring stuff and fishing ships etc. brought back memories of younger days. Next time I am in Holland I will try to touch base. I will buy the beer and you buy the coffee. All the best and thank you very much for sharing it. JP
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