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Project by jbschutz posted 70 days ago 630 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Vince

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#1 posted 70 days ago

Nice work

-- Vince

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 70 days ago

Looks great—very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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JL7

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#3 posted 70 days ago

That is really clever John! What a great distraction for the kids. Well done.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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RogerBean

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#4 posted 69 days ago

John,
Your ingenuity never fails to amaze me. From cow bell stands to maritime adventure. Great invocation of the seagoing spirit for the young’uns at the museum. I can see ‘em now spinning the wheel and shouting “Avast there!! Bring ‘er up into the wind!!” Nice work. It will bring joy to many, I’m certain.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 69 days ago

Great looking wheel and telegraph! I’m sure the kids will have hours of fun imagining piloting at ship at sea!

-- Dean

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Roger

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#6 posted 69 days ago

Full speed ahead…....Oh wait, that’s a different piece of machinery. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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kiefer

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#7 posted 69 days ago

Well done well done John !
Turning an old item like this into a inspirational display is awesome and a great gift to the young generation and creating interest in the past .

Klaus

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 69 days ago

John, my three-year-old grandson would love this. Great job. What a nice design.

-- Big Al in IN

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