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  • Birthday November 15

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    Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Spin and fly fishing;
    Violin and fiddle (you need to understand the difference to get this);
    Wood carving;
    Reading historical/fiction;
    Use to do a lot of sailing and hunting when I was much younger.

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  1. Join the meeting on Sunday at 1:15 and you can ask him directly. I have silkspan here and my sail I made at the seminar that I can show you. I can drive over and you can look at it at a safe distance from me in your driveway. Just give me a date and time. The material reminds me of what they use for teabags and is more appropriate for the reduced scale.
  2. Paint job looks great. I have no idea about linen sails. I was taught to use silkspan and acrylic paint by David Antscherl at a workshop he did a number of years ago.
  3. Now that I can see the difference, rotating it was the second dumbest thing I've suggested today. The first is between me and the wife... we'll let that one lie, collect dust, and be forgotten.
  4. The wood filler and paint will look like a million dollar job! Can't you just rotate the steering box 180°.
  5. Derek, I just tell myself what that masters do is all smoke and mirrors... then I try. Sometimes after a day or two I convince myself I can do better and try again. Usually I am right. Possibly because I learnt something valuable the first time and after pondering on it for that day or two I envisioned what I might try the second time. I believe that drive to try again is what made those masters. Never give up and don't sell yourself short. We all have it in us if we just try.
  6. Nice to see you getting back to your Bluenose Derek! Hope to see some photos in the coming weeks. See you at the club Zoom meeting on the 12th.
  7. Excellent video as always! However you gave me a fright having your fingers that close to the cutting blade! Might I suggest you consider a small piece of wood with a lip on it to hold the item down and will allow you to push the item to to fence at the same time. I put a dowel handle extension (goes 90° to the fence) on my tool. I almost lost a finger when the wood I was cutting flipped over and pulled my hand into the blade. Now my hands never get near the blade.
  8. I just used similar rotary cutters for my figurehead. My rotary driver was my 25 year old Dremel tool and flex cable. The cable needs to be disassembled occasionally and greased. You need to keep control of the tool as it sometimes wants to climb away! So take small controlled bites off the work. I found the cutters with spaces between flutes removed material best. Smaller regular dremel style cutters worked great for tiny bites. I recommend them, but keep your scalpel, carving knives and micro chisels at the ready. It was my first successful time using them...as I just got the proper (spaced flute) cutter set. Prior to that it was a mess... for me. Others seem to have no problem.
  9. Thank you Druxey. I was told to do the heads first and that was indeed the most difficult part. I kept going away and coming back to it. Taking off a little here and a little there. Even when I thought I was done I kept going back to them. They are not in anyway masterpieces but from 1 foot away they are okay. This was not my first attempt. I've been at this on and off for almost 3 years. I suppose "on and off" should be my motto. There is one local fellow I could have commissioned and it would be a masterpiece but then it wouldn't be mine.
  10. This is the result of my efforts in recreating my interpretation of the description of the first figurehead that was destroyed in 1793 when she collided with HMS Majestic in a gale force storm. I am quite happy with it and do not believe there is another model of this ship in existence with this version of this famous ship's figurehead. I hope I've done it justice. WOOD: Block of Linden bass wood TOOLS: Rotary cutters, Dremel rotary tool with flex cable, carving knives, miniature chisels, scalpel, and various sand paper (80 Grit to Super Fine). FINISH PRIMER: Javelin - Black permanent marker Remainder - Waterbase Folkart GESSO Surface Prep WHITE: Bodies - Craft Smart White Acrylic Paint RED: Cloak - Craftsmart Cherry Cobbler Acrylic Paint GOLD: Helmet - Kingart Metallic Acrylic Gold BLACK: Javelin - Craft Smart Black Acrylic Paint SEALER: Everything - KRYLON Low Odour Clear Matte Spray Finish
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