is a large scale antique pond yacht from circa 1900.
in total disarray, see her actual restoration while it was in
progress complete with narrative descriptive by clicking the
A unique automatic pilot
design with brass cabling and pulleys was recreated for authenticity.
Also known as a "Brain Gear" this device delivered
compensating rudder for the yacht to sail true. This was before
remote control models were available.
The deck was hand planked
with a combination of hardwoods to create the color contrasts
between the individual boards and for accenting details. All
deck cabins and wooden hardware were scratch built.
A new bowsprit was constructed
with all new block and tackle, brass chains and hardware.
The hull was repaired and
painted with a high gloss deep midnight blue bottom.
Brass port holes with windows,
brass mast supports and railing posts add to all the wonderful
The realism of the model
is directly related to the quality of the detail work.
All the sails are custom
made from cotton sail cloth. They are then hand stitched to each
mast, boom, gaff, block and tackle etc. just as in a real sailing
The flying jib was an unusual
addition to increase speed. We left this one partially folded
down for drama.
There was no shortage of
rigging on this vessel. This view allows for better detail to
be seen of the rigging work prior to the sails being installed.
All rat lines are hand
tied onto all lines. All deadeyes and block and tackle are hand
laced and each one is lashed and tied.
Various colors of rigging
lines are used for the different types of rigging. All the lines
are waxed cotton for long life without fraying.
Brass turn buckles that
actually turn help to ensure that we achieve precise tension
on the rigging lines.
Brass navigational lights
and belaying pin supports add to the beauty.
alone case is made of red oak, a lovely complement to the midnight
blue hull. The front panel of plexiglass is removable for servicing
of the model. The arched treatments on the top and sides add
to the viewing pleasure.
is sanded to a fine, soft as silk, finish and sealed in numerous
coats of top quality sealer and oil. It is hand rubbed between
each coat until a it will hold no more oil and we have achieved
a lustrous fine finish.
Brass ornamentation was
added to the stern and bowsprit.
of the model is supported with a solid red oak keel support which
is screwed through the ship's hull into the base of the cabinet.
name plate is placed onto red oak, then pinned into place within
is perfectly illuminated with a custom lighting treatment from
above. Two four foot bright sunlight fluorescent bulbs shine
through two lovely white stained glass panels with an iridescent
mica outside finish.
a very unique method for permanently securing this model in place
with a custom made block and tackle assembly attached to the
base of the case.
shows her placed into her permanent location gracing the center
mezzanine just outside the grand ballroom of The Carolands Mansion located in Northern California.
Model: 72" long x 12" deep x 78" tall
Case: 78" long x 24" deep x 114" tall