Not a lot to say today. Just thought I’d bring you up to date on the progress. I’ve had lots of yard work this week and the shop time I do get is divided between Friendship’s marquetry and her real world spring maintenance. She will be hitting the water for the season in a week or two.
When I ended the last segment, I mentioned that I was planning to use a walnut burl for the hull in the hope that I could simulate the rippling reflections of the water in the shiny paint. Here’s the candidate burl. I happened to have four sequence matched pieces so the four hulls should be identical. I chose the area of the burl carefully to try to best achieve the effect.
Cutting the tiny pieces may generate the greater number of comments but lines like the convoluted waterline here are the ones that are the most demanding because a single piece of holly cut separately will have to fit this exactly over its entire length.
This was my first look at how the burl was going to work as a reflective surface. I won’t know until the depth in the French polish starts to grow how good it is but I’m encouraged by what I can see here. You may judge for yourselves if I’ve completely lost it on this one.
The more observant among you may notice that the waterline doesn’t fit the pattern line very well. That’s because I refined that part of the drawing and couldn’t change the one under the contact paper. All that matters is that the wave foam holly is cut from the same pattern generation as the hull waterline.
And here is the holly sea foam, boiling away from the bow and rolling away from the quarter. There will be some sand shading that will enhance this effect and add a third dimension. I’m really pleased with the fits.
Last picture for today and you are right up to date with me. There is one area of sail left to go but it is crossed by some ropes and mast lacing so it will be several pieces. It’s when you back out to the big picture like this that you realize how foolish you have been to try to include so many tiny details in the first stages. They will likely never be actually observed for themselves but with luck they will add a quality to the whole .
Thanks for looking in.
Questions, comments and critiques are always welcome.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/