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The Asgard is a gaff rigged yacht built around 1908 in Norway for Erskine Childers, English MP and Irish Nationalist executed during the Irish Civil War.  The ship was used to run guns into Howth, Ireland in response to the arming of Unionists in 1914.  I became interested in the ship because it was a local legend in Howth, where I lived for a few years.  I drew up some crude plans from photos I found on line.I carved the hull out of Basswood


Decking, gunwale and cockpit built with coffee stirrers


Bowsprit, cabin, hatches and helm fashioned and painted


Mizzen mast rigged.  I tried making hinges to attach the gaff and boom, and it worked fairly well so far, but doesn't look particularly authentic


Main mast rigged.  I used Thread blocks for the first time, and I'm liking them!


A little more work on the hull,  I'm using painted wire loops as places to attach the shrouds.  Not entirely convinced of that yet.



As a beginner, I'm always looking for constructive criticism and ways I can improve, so please don't be shy!

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It occurred to me that I never finished this build log.  Didn't want to leave you all hanging.  I'm sure you were on the edge of your seat!







I wasn't super happy with the results. But in the interest of sharing our disappointments as well as our triumphs, here it is. I should have spent more time smoothing the hull after I made some design changes, The proportion of the masts wasn't quite right and I think I should have included the topsails.  Also, if you're going to make your ship heel, make sure it heels towards the front of the bottle.  Otherwise it hides a lot of the deck features and makes it less interesting.  

On the plus side, I like the way the lighthouse on the bluff looks, and I finally figured out a Turk's Head knot!

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