The Avondster -Sailing ship built from scratch in record time

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Project by Tuanie posted 08-20-2009 06:52 PM 15613 views 41 times favorited 71 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build the model of an ancient Galleon (wreak) for the proposed Maritime Museum In Galle Sri Lanka, without any detail drawings but only some pictures of similar ships of that era. It had to be done in 4 months and to one tenth scale, 15ft(LOA) I did it and enjoyed every moment of it’s creation. I have trouble uploading the pictures at the moment(I’m trying though) Please visit -Youtube or this link – to see the work in progress. I’d love to join a Fraternity of model sailing ship builders, since we do not have such a club in this part of the world. I can send you more pictures of my work, Boat building and woodwork, if I get your positive response.

-- tuanie

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#1 posted 08-20-2009 06:55 PM

What a great job. INCREDIBLE workmanship. That means you never got sleep in four months.. Go to bed now..:)

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#2 posted 08-20-2009 07:00 PM

WOW! Its beautiful Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 08-20-2009 07:03 PM

I hope this comment is viewed as positive…WOW!!!

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#4 posted 08-20-2009 07:12 PM

This is a wonderful scale model of the galleon. The caliber of workmanship and level of detail is just amazing.

What wood did you use for the construction?

Thanks for posting the Youtube link. I enjoyed seeing the construction sequence.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 08-20-2009 07:13 PM

Now that is beautiful.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 08-20-2009 07:24 PM

Great job work of art

-- Marty Ohio

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#7 posted 08-20-2009 07:31 PM

this is great work ,
welcome to lumberjock’s .
i worked the boats for 10 years ,
it’s a real skill .
yours are excelent !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 07:47 PM


Thanks for the amazing photos…

-- Derrek L.

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#10 posted 08-20-2009 07:57 PM

Really bueatiful workmanship! Congratulations on a job well done.

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#11 posted 08-20-2009 08:21 PM


This is sooooooo COOL! Please tell me the little cannons work, too!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 08:39 PM

Excellent detail….being a fan of traditional wooden boats, it is a pleasure to see these beautiful replicas…your skills are exemplary….I see why you were awarded the commission….Please show us more of your work as you are able.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 08-20-2009 08:44 PM

Welcome to LJs Tuanie
Thats one fantastic ship with wonderful details.

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#14 posted 08-20-2009 08:45 PM

Welcome Aboard, Tuanie!! Beautiful craftsmanship on the Galleon!! You say you have more? I think I speak for everyone when I say we’d love to see it!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 08-20-2009 09:28 PM

I love model ships. Thats a great job…very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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