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How many people built one of those ships? I can feel their tiny, little, ghosts moving around hammering, sawing, hammering, carrying, sawing, hammering.  In the freezing breeze blasting off the St. Lawrence. They were tough people. "On chantait Charley-Man". 




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Hi Rick,


As a matter of fact, René Nicolas Levasseur  built 74 guns ship on the ST_Laurence in Quebec city in 1750. 

Unfortunately, no plans survived from this time. The best documents there is  are the line of the frigate l'Abénakise when the English captured her.


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Hi Gaetan, 


Yes, I had seen that in the wonderful book "On Chantait Charley-Man". I also have some good friends at the Davie Shipyard and it is quite something to stand there, looking out into the St-Laurent on a bright October morning, imagining the construction. Even today, the fellows welding those great big ship sections, twenty feet in the air, in a force 4 or 5 breeze, are pretty tough, big, men. 

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The next tool? Here is what I discovered today:

GRS makes interesting tools. Here is a very interesting one. A 3D vise. Usually a vise is only adjustable in 1 direction but this one is adjustable in all directions. This would be the ideal vise for carving a figure head.



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Hello Gaetan.

Many thanks for the pictures and construction progress shown on the 74 GunShip.

I wish you a Happy New Year 2020 and continue to have fun and success with your work.

Karl Weinmann

from Germany


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Gaetan, it is difficult to fully perceive the depth and beauty of your work. I seriously doubt that the actual ship was as well built! A great pleasure to visit you logs.



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I just finished a major upgrade of speakers and settings. The last step is to choose a music provider Spotify or Tidal.


Few other sets of notches are done on the deck beams, it is much easier while the deck beams are not glued yet.


My helper was very happy to  be photographed.







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Sometimes it is difficult to make a part. This one, I did it 3 times.

The first, I did not see the front view, so I mist an important detail.

The second time, I did not use the scroll saw but the table saw, to achieve greater precision but more difficult to position the part. I took the measures between the blade and the fence but it did not work  well.

Third try, still on table saw, but this time, measures were taken the other side of the blade. It was easier to achieve better precision this way, probably because a better vision of the part to cut. Sometime, it is difficult to make a part and sometime it is difficult to find a good way to do it








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