Dave ‘goes about’ as he turns the ship’s wheel. The spinning platform is connected by ropes and pulleys to the wheel. It really is quite fun! Helps teach navigation. Or maybe just fun
JH just having a few tweaks before her first dunking in a looooong time. It will leak significantly initially before she ‘takes up’ (the wood swells). Just so you know, when you see her laid low. It’s normal, that’s what happens, it’s just how these things roll. And when she seals nicely, sitting high in the water, then it’s in with the engine, up with the mast, work out the rigging, sail into the sunset. See ya.
The making of a rope making machine is underway for the magnificent theatre company ‘The Grand Theatre of Lemmings’. An interactive show: children will be able to turn twine into rope by turning the handle of this machine – a clever time-honoured design. Shown here are the pulleys which will be driven by a leather drive-belt. Interestingly the pulleys need a convex edge to stop the belt drifting off. Counter-intuitive?
Here’s me inside Jack Heron. Check out that reassembled centreboard casing! And in the mastic gun…errr, so what do we think about ‘Screwfix Roof and gutter sealant’ for bedding down fittings? While not entirely authentic (!) it seems to me to be cheap, and rather sensible, bitumen based gear.
‘Lush’, (cosmetics…) have an annual do. They wanted the interior of an old trading ship. I made it! Here is the curved structure assembled in the workshop before the London hit. They look like big beams but they have lightweight box-sections for ease of transport. Very clever.
Walking into another world!