Ship's Wheel and Telegraph

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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

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#1 posted 70 days ago

Nice work

-- Vince

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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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#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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#4 posted 69 days ago

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.

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

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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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#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.

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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 .


-- 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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