|Project by jbschutz||posted 05-23-2014 01:46 PM||1041 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Ship’s Wheel and Telegraph I volunteer at The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN. The children’s education curator, gave me a ship’s wheel salvaged from a small harbor tug, ”The Caw”, and asked if I could make something that would allow the kids to play with it and imagine piloting a large ship. It took me a while, but finally I decided that the wheel alone was not enough…..they had to communicate with the engine room. So, I set about trying to make a ship’s telegraph to go with it.
I delivered it yesterday, and the staff was thrilled. They will put a “high seas” graphic on the wall so the youngsters can pilot the ship to safe harbor.
The telegraph has a segment of a coffee can in the center, each end is an turned oak disk, sporting a telegraph graphic l borrowed from an internet image source…..protected by a plexiglas disk. Inside the coffee can is a “squirrel cage” with a small bell inside, so that it jingles softly as the speed and direction changes are sent.
The pedestal is a hexagon, made of 1×4 pine and stands 42 inches tall. The platform is a 36×40 inch piece of 3/4 inch oak faced plywood. All the oak parts are stained Minwax “Manor Oak”, the pedestal is painted ivory, and everything is coated with a protective coat of poly spar varnish.
Next, I want to sit in the children’s are of the museum and watch them imagining…........?
-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com