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Bruce Foxworthy

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  1. Rick : Daniel's, B Sloop, is a great place to start. He's done a wonderful job in that tutorial. Steady as she goes. B.
  2. Rick: Yep, These will work. It just takes time and patients to learn all the parts and pieces of a ship. But you"ll catch on in no time. On a side note, My brother is a sheep farmer in WV. He lives between Parkersburg and Bridgeport. Are you near them? Regards Bruce
  3. Igor: I have no idea what scale this model is. I made a copy of the lines drawing from the book I have then I took the bottle with that copied print over to my local printer shop and started making reduction copies of the print until I got one that held up behind the bottle was a pretty good match for filling up the bottle"s size. All I can say is, It's small to me. The hull is 2 1/2 inches long and the beam is not quite 5/8 inches wide. Regards Bruce I am planning on building the Half Moon from the plans you sent me, but first I have to find a bottle for it. I'll get there eventually.. There are some really nice videos of the reproduction ship on U Tube. So that will be helpful as well.
  4. Just a note here for you guys. I don't think I'll ever build anything this small again.. It's driving me crazy!! I need to find some 10 dieter bottles so I can build at a scale that I can manage. Just sayin. LOL. Regards to all Bruce.
  5. These next few pic are of a brass semi circle seating area that go around the helm that I turned on my mini lathe. It kinda looks like a horse shoe laying on the paper there. I used a piece of bandage to represent the decking underneath it. It's a work in progress. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
  6. Now here's some pics of the hull as I was carving it.
  7. And here are some pictures of the bottle I hope will work and the stand I have roughly made up.
  8. Well I've been so frustrated with not building anything because of this or that dead end, or this or that distraction, that I decided to go back to my roots and build a simple sloop so I could at least get going. I chose the" America", because years ago I made a,"Model Shipways" model of it. At the time I remember it took me nine months to build it. Working on it a few hours a night after work nearly every day. I decided to take my model out of it's case and photograph it so I had good references and I took the lines from the book I have called, "The Story Of Sail". So here's some pics of the model I made years ago.
  9. Welcome aboard Rick: So happy you found us. Just wander around this forum and you will be amazed at what you will see and learn. Warning though, don't become overwhelmed about what you see and where you are at in all this new stuf. It's not that hard and when you get there, it's a joy to see something you made inside a bottle. I would suggest you look at the" build logs", section of this forum and start out with a simple sloop type ship. Steady as she goes matey. We're all here to help you on your way. Best regards Bruce
  10. Hi all: Yesterday I was going through the nautical section of my library at home and I came across this book that a friend had gifted me many years ago. Hadn't look at it for years. It's a real treasure in it's eclectic relevance within the time frame it was published, (1928). For whatever reason I decided to thumb through it for a bit and I was really struck by the first two paragraphs of the PREFACE. I thought I'd share this as it is so perfect in my minds eye about how we are and do. Enjoy the words of someone who loved the art of modeling long before we fell for it in our particular way. The prose here is classic. Sail on guys. Bruce.
  11. Jeff: Great video! Thanks for sharing this little gem with us. Regards Bruce
  12. Jeff: Thanks for that awesome compliment. I for one encourage you to take your time and do things the way you know how in your own undivided time. Best of luck with your audit trials and tribulations. Regards Bruce.
  13. Mick: Just wanted to touch base with you about yards and how I incorporate my making of them with my building practices, at least so far, with respect to square sails and their rigging management goes. Some guys drill holes through the ends of their yards for their rigging purposes. It's part and partial with their building technique. I don't use that method. I use " thread blocks", at the end of my yards for the purpose of rigging. A different technique. I have to say that I'm only just beginning to build ships with square sails so I've got a lot to learn yet about the different approaches to rigging that guys here on the forum use. But that said, thread blocks seem to work okay for me at this point. Here's a picture of one of my yards with the thread blocks attached. I wrote a thread under the menu selection on Forums, called "Build Logs". Search for the tile of the thread , " Trials And Tribulations With A Brigantine, Or Beginners Paradise" , It might give you some ideas. There is so much information available on this forum it staggers my mind. I've been exploring these endless pages for months since I joined up. There are so many techniques and tutorials and videos and references. Just keep looking at the site in your spare time. It's a wonderful thing we have here. And you'll learn so much. Again, best of luck to you on your new venture and please take pictures and show us your progress in "Build Logs", ether as you go along or when you're done. We all learn from each other here. Have a problem? ask a question. It works that way. We're all in this together. Regards Bruce.
  14. Mick: Next picture. Now I chuck up the pin vice in my drill motor. Now I cut the template tracing I made out of the paper I drew it on and hold it up to the Yard as I am sanding it till the end matches the drawing. Once it does, you're basically done. You might have to touch it up a little but you should be good to go. Hope that helps you out. Good luck with your new build. Regards Bruce
  15. Next picture. Once I get that taper where I want it I take the skewer out of the drill motor and I carefully trace the profile of that half of the yard I just tapered. That profile has to match up size for size so you may have to trace it a couple times till you get it right. Next picture. At this point I cut the skewer off at the overall length mark I made earlier from the print. Next pictures. Now here's the thing, at this point the diameter of my yard is too small to chuck up in my drill motor so I have to chuck the part up in a pin vice. If you don't have any of these then you gotta get some. Micro Mart sells them and most good hobby stores. Anyway you chuck up the yard so that the end you finished is inside and the end that isn't is on the outside.
  16. Mick: It's not all that difficult to do but remember like most of our work there is a certain amount of touchy-feely that has to be employed as well as patients with yourself. This is the process that I use to make my yards. I'm sure it's not the only way to do it but it works pretty well for me. This first picture is a standard bamboo skewer that I have in my 3/8 drill motor. First I sand it to the diameter and overall length I want my yard to be. Next picture, Then I take the skewer out of the drill motor and lay it on my print where I mark it with a pencil at the center line and at the end of it's overall length. Next picture then I put the skewer back into the drill motor and I sand the taper I want on the end.
  17. Beautiful Model. And I agree, a very handsome set of sails. Sail on. Bruce
  18. Okay Jeff. I'll get crackin. Regards Bruce
  19. Jeff: Coincidentally, I came on line this morning specifically to contact you about the article. How would you suggest that I proceed with it? Can I write it in Word and then email it to you? can I upload pictures to an article in Word? I don't know? I've never done this sort of thing before?? At this point in my research I have got quite a bit to still unravel about Ander's process. Most of which is going to be painstakingly tedious and time consuming. So I'm thinking of straight away addressing that issue and just proceed with what I do know? I am in the process of trying to get funding from the University of Michigan, Science and Fine Art departments to support the analysis of Ander's sea material which could be done on campus. This is a drawn out affair in and of itself. This one element of Ander's building practice can answer a lot of questions but it's again just in the works. Do you know if I can print out the article that I've posted here so that I can edit it to be shorter and better? Please advise, thanks Bruce.
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    Love it! Wonderful job. Congrats. Bruce
  21. Thanks so much guys for the leads and such. Onni I did buy and download the plans for Endeavour. I don't like the fact that the transaction of my credit card info was not secured. So I won't be using that site again. Aside from that the plans that are in my book "the story of sail" are almost the same if not a little better, but thanks all the same. Exwafoo, I'll be checking out your info and thanks for providing it to me to look at. Igor, Thanks for the Half Moon plans. Regards all. Bruce
  22. I would so like to build ships of scale and detail but for whatever reasons, I'll be frosted scuppers, trying to find really thorough plans on the internet? I think I'm doomed to just build generic because I have to guess so much about the ships I'd like to historically model. If you guys have a "GO TO", reference, then I'd like to be clued in. I bought the book, The Story of Sail and it's really just a teaser in a way not very many real plans. Anyway I'm just bitching here cause I'm so frustrated with it all. Like for example try and find the build plans for Henry Hudson's "Half Moon".?? so I'm thinking I'll buy plasic models of ships and use those for details?? How do you guys do this stuff anyway?? Regards Bruce
  23. Beautiful beyond a doubt. Amazing work! You should be proud of yourself in every way.. Cant' wait for your next build and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. It's an amazing build!!
  24. Guys: Daniel was of considerable help to me in the conception of this logo. It was a joint effort for sure. Just sayin. Bruce.
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