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Bruce Foxworthy

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  1. Caleb: Looks like you got a good start. Steady as she goes?😉 I have no idea what the wood is but it seems to be just right. Bruce
  2. Joe100: Go figure people.??? I figure if you tell me the size anyway the coin is moot. Go figure people??? B.
  3. Dan: I got this and everyone will want one. Wait and see. 😁 Bruce
  4. 😧 Absolutley!, I would love to have a hat and a hoodie and a tee-shirt and a man purse, well maybe not that, with a Bottled Ship Builder logo on them. I'll work up a design too and email it to you. Bruce.
  5. Spanky: Sorry to here of your recent oops-es. But we've all been though and have had our fair share of them in this work. Just forge ahead. I never worry about the crash and burns. Lessons learned I figure. Full steam ahead!!
  6. Caleb: Looks like you've got a nice project going. I'll be watching your progress along the way. I like the idea of passing the lines under and then up thru the deck. It's a technique I've never tried before but I know it can be done successfully. My biggest advice would be that you have to be patient with yourself and not let any hick-ups deter you from continuing forward. There is always a plan B. The first one is always an exciting adventure. Good luck Bruce
  7. Hi guys: I just wanted to pass along a resource that I haven't yet seen being incorporated in the builds on this forum. Some of you guys are using polystyrene in sheet form but did you know it also is available in a wide range of channel profiles? As soon as I found out about polystyrene as a viable building material, I was all in to try it. I just started my build of the Baltimore clipper "Harvey", and decided to incorporate some of these channels in it's build. When I get around to writing up my build of this ship when it's finished, you'll see how many applications I'll be using this channel for. Most importantly the making of deck furniture for sure. Anyway here are some pics of how I've used one of the I beam profiles and one of the stripe channels this company makes on my Harvey, build. They make a sheet too, that is a roofing material for model railroad houses that looks like it would make excellent decks. My ship has etched decks so I didn't use it yet on this build. This material glues, forms and sands very well. I love the stuff so far. Here's the link to the online catalog by Evergreen. On the home page menu if you click on shapes you will find their available profiles. https://evergreenscalemodels.com/
  8. Jeff: If you look at these pics you'll see that it appears that Anders and his dad did take the jib stays down threw the carved bowsprit and then threw the construction loop at the keel before then going out of the bottle. It kinda gives the impression of looking like the bob stay lines etc. in a way. The building technique they used was not an accurate detail of things so much as it was an impression of a ship. My conjecture that those lines were buried and cut off below in the sea material itself has yet to be proven. I'm only suspecting that this is how they fixed (or glued) these structural lines. I'm thinking they were not using any glue in their builds other than the sea material to hold the lines tight and the masts etc. in place. That would make their processes origination probably very old indeed. I'm only going to utilize the construction loop on my ship to guide the masts lines forward and out. My masts will have a line attached at the bottom to pull and hold them in place in the divot seat I put on the deck for their locations.
  9. Jeff As it turns out ,I'm about to start a build of a Baltimore Clipper called "Harvey" for my next adventure. Haven't really considered using the wire construction loop at the keel line like Anders, and his father used so well. But the more I think about it now, the more I'm realizing that that construction loop is a really handy way to lead lines from under the hull forward and out the front of the bow and bottle. I'm going to incorporate it's concept as well in this build and see where it goes. Should be interesting. Keep in mind that the evidence of the three debacles of ships that I have of Anders, also used this construction loop for the jib and for-stays threads. I don't know that I will use it for those lines in my build. Just sayin. Bruce
  10. Love your builds Igor. You are an inspiration to us all. Bruce.
  11. LINKS AND MY ISSUES: I have to apologize to you guys with respect to the link I posted above. I thought I had only captured A page of the history of Ludlow, but, ( when looked at again today ), I realize that I had in fact captured the remainder of the history of Lodlow, too. Sorry about that. I'm sure that lent itself to some mundane reading on your part that wasn't important at all to my point. I still have a lot to learn about manipulating information on a computer as well as utilizing this sites dynamics to process it. But I'm getting there. The main Point I was trying to reference by presenting this history of Ludlow, was that "warps", were being made there in the early to mid 1800"s. A "warp", is a thread on a roller basically and it is used in conjugation with another thread on a roller called the "weft" to weave fabric. Like bags and such. These are pretty fine threads suitable for building ships in bottles in that time frame and beyond. So defiantly Nills, or Anders, had that thread within reach with what they were doing as sailors at port. The use of it in the sail-makers shop on board is anyone's guess but probably was concerned with repairing sails and such.
  12. Jeff: Thank you for the thoughts on the types of wood that the tools could be made of. Suffice to say they are durable. I'm guessing that they were repurposed handles from some other original applications. Although Anders, might have had access to a lathe and made them himself. Strictly conjecture there. There is no doubt in my mind however that the working ends of the two punches were poured with a babbitt or lead material for the purpose of cementing the tips in place. I did tug on both of them with a pair of pliers at the tips to see if maybe they would come undone so I could for sure see if they were fids in there but to no avail. So they are stuck there. As far as weather they could be drills, well that's a kettle of fish right there? I'm thinking for sure they were used to put holes in his brass sails, and perhaps be used to chamfer the drilled holes. That contention I'll have to examine more closely as I start dissecting the builds. I'm also going to conduct an experiment and see if they could be utilized as drills. My inclination is to speculate that because they are both tapered that using them to drill wouldn't work. But we'll see. The experiment will provide me with the data I need to deem them punches or drills or chamfers or a combination of those things. The cordage could have come from the sail makers shop on board? I know that I have whipped lines with this kind of stuff myself before in the past and dressed those whips with beeswax. That was before I discovered dental floss was fabulous for doing whips. Back in the day when I was sailing I made sure all my sheets were whipped on the ends and that those whips could easily pass through the blocks as apposed to stopping the sheet. So low profile means fine cordage in this case. Bruce
  13. I'm Trying this again. h/books.google.com/books?id=LygWAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA225&ots=0Exs5bD6tf&dq=Ludlow Manufacturing And sales co. In Boston Mass&pg=PA222#v=onepage&q=Ludlow Manufacturing And sales co. In Boston Mass&f=false ttps:/Hopefully this one will turn blue when I post it. Otherwise i gotto find some one who can hel me figure this out. Anyway this is the little blurb from the history of where the thread was made.
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