|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 106 days ago||563 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
My granddaughter received an ‘American Beauty’ doll as a gift some time back and sent out a request for a boat for her doll. This is the result.
The American Beauty doll company has an aggressive and extensive merchandising approach, selling all sorts of add-ons, clothing (matching, for doll and child!) and accessories, which to my amazement includes a boat. This one is very loosely modeled on the one in their catalog.
The pictures are self-explanatory. The boat is 1/4” ply with cherry trim and patriotic colors, painted ‘heart’ transom, etc. My wife sewed the ‘spritsail’ which is toggled onto the mast and sprit at leather reinforced corners. I found some 3-strand line (rope) for the rigging and built the few splices needed. Photo #6 shows the ‘snotter’ rigging for the sprit – honest, that’s what it is called in the boat world!
This little project took way more time to do than anticipated – I estimate almost half as much as building an actual full sized boat at 12 or so feet! But, that really doesn’t matter since I enjoyed doing it and anticipating that my granddaughter will enjoy it when she receives it as a birthday gift next week.
-- Candy is dandy and rum may be fun, but working with wood is all the high I need!