Decorative, laminated hull, figured maple sailboat.

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Project by Mike Sullivan posted 10-05-2012 01:29 AM 1822 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The ship is a very loose representation of the J class racing yachts of the 1930’s.
The hull is a 12 piece lamination with walnut, oak, maple and cherry. The sails are figured maple about 1/8” thick and then bent/formed to a sail shape. Working with the maple has been a frustrating learning experience that I have not perfected yet. I call it the “evil” wood due to it’s changing shape any time you sand or even look at it.
The particular boat is limited to 16” long because the maple sails are rejects from a guitar maker and only come in one size.
I hope you enjoy tis project. Mike

-- Mike, Washington

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 01:35 AM

some really nice work here mike

and great wood combos

very well done

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 01:42 AM

Very well done…

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 01:45 AM

Beautiful work Mike. I like it a lot.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 02:18 AM

I can’t decide which I like better , the Quilted maple sails , or that beautiful wood combination you chose for the body of the boat ! Superb craftsmanship : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 02:33 AM

Beautiful art piece. The sails really showcase the maple to great advantage. The hull wood combo is very nice, as well…..kind of nautical but nice…...

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 02:45 AM

Excelent work, its beautiful

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 03:07 AM

Wow, super nice model ! The maple in the sails is gorgeous !

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 03:28 AM

Absolutely stunning use of woods! A beautiful model that is more art than anything else.

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

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 04:07 AM

SWEET! One of the best uses of quilted maple I have seen in a long time. Great photography too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 09:54 AM

Best looking reject wood I’ve seen in a long time. When I started carving custom rifle stocks, my first purchase was a trailer load of figured maple that had been rejected by guitar makers. It was so cheep I bought all the wood dealer had. He told me on the phone he would sell it for $1 per board foot. When I got there I told him I had $300, so load up 300 bft. He proceed to load every board he had. My trailer was sagging when I left. Last week, I used the last board I’d saved for a special project.

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-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 08:48 PM

Well utilized rejects made into a fine project. Very creative!

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 09:27 PM

Love it! Love it! Love it! Would look great in my house!

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 09:37 PM

Immensely beautiful !!! You have done an excellent job!

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#14 posted 10-06-2012 12:58 AM

The hull looks great and those sails are fantastic!! The figured maple really adds to the look of the sails. Nice job

-- Ben from IL

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 03:36 AM

As a sailor, J22’s, and a woodworker I have to say you have done a fantastic job!

-- ~~ John . . . . . . . . . Against the Grain Woodworking & Design, LLC

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