Gabek Posted October 26, 2013 Share #1 Posted October 26, 2013 The Preface It has taken me a while to build up the courage to start this log...but after a few months of reading these forums I now realize just how accepting and supportive the people are here. Also, discovering that I'm not the only person who has an "accidentally long-term project" has made me less embarrassed to tell my story! But first, please bear with me as I explain how it all started... 1974. I was in grade 7 and I had just found out that a teacher in my school built wooden ship models. How cool! But I nearly died when I priced out kits in a local hobby store. For years I would drop in and just dream of the day I could afford to buy one. This started a minor obsession - I began reading Alexander Kent novels and I became an amateur historian of Napoleanic-era ships, particularly the Royal Navy. Dreaming, ever dreaming. 1986. University was finished and I was starting a career. Still a bit broke with rent and car payments – still dreaming of getting a kit. My girlfriend (now my wife), knowing just how much ships have been on my mind all these years, gives me Artesania Latina's "Swift" as a Christmas gift. (And that was probably the moment I knew she was the right one!) Boxing week was spent buying tools and supplies. That same Christmas I happened to get a little journal from someone else and I decided to use it as a log for this build. So, in the box with all the parts this little book has sat and I have faithfully (more or less) kept track of every step in this project. The first entry... "Thursday, January 1, 1987. Cut false keel & bulkheads. Shaped the frames. 2 hours." Let's just say that over the next 25 years I spread the work out pretty thinly, with a few big gaps around the birth of our two sons and switching careers. Between 1987 and 2012 I logged 156 hours and I had a hull with partially finished second planking. Sitting in the box were completed cabins and tapered masts and spars. In that time I also built a pretty good collection of books and tools. A quarter century in and the Swift looked something like this: In the next log I'll go over some of the highlights up to this point in the build. Scotty W and ZyXuz 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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