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Bruce Foxworthy

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  1. Spanky: I've done quite a bit of sailing when I was younger ,too. My first boat was an International Fireball. A two man 16 foot racer so I'm very familiar with the trapeze and I loved it. Then I had a Laser but didn't care for it. Then I had a CL16 with a trap on it and a 120% roller furling Jenny. That boat is basically a knock off of the famous Wayfarer and without a doubt my favorite boat ever. Unfortunately as I got older I developed degenerative disk disease to the point where I was no longer able to hike out or use the trap any longer. I also spent time cruising in friends boats all over the Great lakes. Here's a picture of me with my CL16 I'm around 35 years old. Best time of my life. When ever I'm in Grand Rapids again I'll have to look you up. Regards Bruce
  2. Well I think I've made a big mistake today. I decided to cut away the Bulwarks from the deck thinking that I was going to put them the shields and oars in one at a time after the main part of the hull and sail were done inside the bottle. Anyway I made a complete mess of it so now I'm strategizing plan B.
  3. Spanky, I'm in, Walled Lake just the other side of Novi. So about three hrs from you. I have a nephew who now lives in Grand Rapids. He is a purchasing agent for Miejers there. Quite the sailor, or used to be I should say, before he had kids. He's participated in the Mackinaw Race several times in his younger days. Did you ever sail? Regards Bruce.
  4. Beautiful ship coming along there Spanky.🤗
  5. I've been able to work on my Viking ship the last few days. With all this staying home now, I think I'll start moveing along better in the coming week. Here are some pics of where she's at presently. Stay safe guys and gals.
  6. Looking Great Onni.🧐 Regards Bruce
  7. Ditto: Thanks for the print. Great idea! Regards Bruce.
  8. JesseLee: Not only that but I've got a bucket of springs, door knobs, hooks and the like. lol.😋
  9. Alan: I think your inventiveness is a great asset for you and actually any of us doing this hobby/art. Gluing a map to a display board is a Sweet idea. Thanks for the info on that. Going to steal that for sure. I forgot to mention in my comments to you how much I appreciate your showing us the bottle holder you made. Quite clever actually. Probably going to steal that idea too and make one myself. I'm just a thief. LOL.🤣 I'll never forget my Dad years ago told me to never through a pair of shoes out without first cutting the tongues out and saving that leather for some future use. Like hinges and such.LOL. So I've now accumulated over the years a five gallon bucket of shoe tongues. LOL. My wife thinks I'm nuts! Go figure.😂 But I use them all the time. For example one of our bird feeders recently lost it's hinged roof. No problem , I just stapled some leather hinges I cut out with scissors onto it and it's as good as new. Lol. A side to that, is that my Dad always saved his bent nails he pulled off of something in a bucket. When he needed a couple of nails for something he was working on and he didn't have enough of them, he would through the bucket of nails down on the garage floor and pick out the ones he needed. Then he would straighten them out on his vice with a hammer and used them right then and there. Saved him a trip to the hardware store. Guess what? I have a five gallon bucket of bent nails myself. My wife thinks I'm nuts! Sure comes in handy in a pinch though. We're a crazy lot us sailors. Lol. Regards Bruce
  10. Exwafoo: Wonderful job. Looks great. I like the idea of using an old map to cover a piece of wood for the stand. What kind of glue did you use to glue it down with? I never heard of spray painting a bottle to improve it's clarity but it does look good. Wonder if that coating will hold up over time? Any idea on that? Regards Bruce
  11. Onni: Sweet!! Thanks for the link. I'll be sure to check it out. Yeah, I figured a long piece of line. Thanks again friend. Regards Bruce
  12. Onni: Where did you come up with this jig??? Can you send along a print for it?? I'm really wanting to learn to make a Turks head. Regards Bruce
  13. Onni: I never knew about putting metal loops on the deck for future rigging purposes. I'm going to have to try that technique real soon. Regards Bruce.
  14. Hi Micky: I've decided to go with the soft metal sewing pins mostly because I don't have to worry about them bending and I can also rust these to a brown color with some acid,( I think ). regards Bruce
  15. Well It's another Sunday, and March first at that: And Mommy only had me replace the garage door hinges and rollers today. Good thing too, cause most of them were broken. I'd be lost without her supervision. I'm so glad she keeps me on task because on my own, I'd be in my bottle for sure. LOL! After chores, I went into my Hobby Center room and started to figure out what I was going to do about making the oars for my Viking ship. Originally, I was thinking of making them out of pretty hard piano wire which I have on hand in different sizes. Then for what ever reason I thought about using more pins like I just did for my shields. Suddenly it dawned on me that sewing pins are just about the correct length for my oars. EUREKA! I hit a gold mind and not only that but that material they are made of is much softer than piano wire. So I raided Mommy's sewing box. LOL!! I'm a bad boy but she'll never miss them. LOL! So I took my little ball peen hammer and placed one of the sewing pins on top of the anvil part of my little vice, then I struck the tip of the pin three times and I got a sweet looking oar blade shape at the end of the pin. Of course I can shape it with a fine file but this is defiantly a good start for a process for making my oars. I'm going to practice this technique for some time cause I've got a million pins now that I can trash. Eventually I should figure out how to make consistent oar blade shapes. One of the biggest joys I get out of this hobby/art, that we do is that it allows your mind to go places. I mean like thinking about everyday things we interact with and then suddenly attach them to our craft. I love this part of the whole thing. Anyway here are two pictures of the sewing pins. Before and after. That's it for today. I'm going as fast as I can on this build but as you all know there's so much to do. Regards Bruce
  16. Onni: Saying that you will glue the hull down on to the glass first? What glue do you use to glue it to the glass? So in this picture the bottom of the hull must be touching the paper here and there is enough open room around the hull and the sea material to complement that glue?? And after you cut the sea in half and go to slide it down the bottles neck, how do you keep the clay from getting on the glass? Like a paper collar around the neck maybe? And is the dried wood glue and acrylic paint on top of the clay make it stiff enough to not bend or crack that half of the sea as it's going in? I know a lot of questions. Regards Bruce Maybe you could take some pictures and post them as you do this process. I like the whole concept.
  17. I like to use colored Magic Markers as much as possible in my builds because they dry so fast and don't add additional thickness to the material like paint does. Here's a picture of how I'm painting the shields with the Magic Marker. This last picture shows all the 17 shields placed onto a noodle of clay and they will say here until I get ready to mount them on the sides of the hull. That's all for today. Regards Bruce
  18. Today I finished making the shields for my Viking Ship. I made 17 of them although only 16 are required. The first picture shows how I found the center of each stamping by punching a dimple at the cross hairs I had drawn around the diameter that the stamping came out of. I need to drill a hole in each one to put a pin in it that will eventually connect the shield to the side of the hull. The next picture shows me drilling the hole. The next picture shows that I have put the pin in the hole and then it is ready to go into my vice to be rounded around the edge. I'm using 40 um sanding tape to do this shaping. The next picture shows how it looks after it has been formed by the sand paper and just before I color it with magic markers.
  19. Welcome New Sailor. Enjoy this forum. There is a whole lot to learn here just by reading the builds logs alone. Good luck with your project. Regards Bruce
  20. Ahoy! Today is Wednesday , and we have a snow dump coming today here in Michigan. Not much, but I'm pretty sure it will be the last of our winters shenanigans for this year. Anyway I was able to do some work on my Viking ship today. This is the first time I have chosen to carve out the inside of my hull and it is a chore for sure. The first picture shows that I'm drilling a hole to help create the dragons tail which I will develop more as the build goes on. The next pictures show my progress in carving out the inside dimensions of the hull. The last picture shows that I am creating a containment collar for the head of the dragon to nest in once I have the ship in the bottle. I'm using two pieces of polystyrene glued on each side of the keel to do this. I will eventually sand and blend them into the keel and at the same time maintain the capture slot for the dragons head when it needs to be glued there. That's all for today. Oh one more picture I've included is of me outside painting plein air. Beautiful day here. Regards Bruce
  21. Hi guys : It's a Sunday, so I'm not going to get to much done on my build today. But I do have enough time to punch out the 16 viking shields I'll be needing for my ship. They are 5/16 of an inch in diameter and I'm making them out of polystyrene sheet material that is .0285 thick. A hundred years ago when I was engaged in my apprenticeship program as a tool maker, we had certain tools that we were required to make that would prove our ability to actually produce what we had been taught to do. This fixture tool you see here is one of those, it's a hole punch and the exercise in making it was to prove that we could drill and ream a hole for a precision dowel that would create a slip fit for the dowel. I've been using this tool for nearly fifty years now and it still works like a charm. Just sayin. Anyway I'm punching out Viking shields using it.
  22. Alan: That's a thought! I've been dreaming up how I'm going to build these two little assemblies for better than a week now and I've just about have it solidified in my minds eye. I do think Having them just about to enter or leave the sea is a capital idea. Thanks for that suggestion. Regards Bruce
  23. James: I'm defiantly going to use wire for the oars. I have quite a selection of piano wires in different diameters that I use frequently for replacing the trunnions in the lantern gears on antique clocks when I restore them. And yes I'll peen the ends flat and shape them. On this ship there will be 14 oars. So a bit of time is going to go into making them. I'm afraid copper wire would be to soft. If just one gets bent it will look like hell. After I make them, I'll soak them in Muriatic acid which should give them a rust color. Thanks for the suggestion anyway. Regards Bruce
  24. As you can see I'm using a tong depressor for the keel and dragons tail /head, rough cutting it out with my hobby jig saw. Obviously I'm going to have to put the dragons head on after the ship is in the bottle so I have separated it from the main keel lines construct. Hopefully this will turn out okay. I like the lines on this drawing and the fact that there aren't so may oars is a plus for me . After all I just want to get the idea across in a bottle. More to come as I go along.
  25. Well after some input from you guys and also after thinking about the huge engineering issues I have to confront building a viking ship with oars in the water and with a sail up, I've decided to go for it. I just started with it today. I may very well fry and burn on this one but it will be here for all to see, good bad or ugly. I've decided to model my ship after a picture I found on Google. I'm not sure if it's a painting or an actual ship that once existed, but I like it's lines and I think I can pull it off. I did a tracing of that picture and am using it as well as other ship plans I've also gleaned off the internet to build this replica of what I am assuming is a raiding vessel. An interesting note to consider about Viking ships is that they build many kinds, all of different beams and lengths. They even build ships for moving live stock across the oceans. Here are some pictures of how I've started this build.
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