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GUEST SPEAKER
"An Introduction to Building Wooden Ship Models"

Charlie Cozewith gave a brief history of ship modeling, from the discovery of models in Egyptian tombs to its evolution into a hobby in the United States in the 1930s. Today, the hobby encompasses a wide variety of vessel types, from row boats to aircraft carriers, modeled in wood, plastic, and even card stock. Charlie's presentation focused on how to build a ship's hull in wood. He explained how to interpret ship plans and use them as a basis for constructing a ship's hull by several different techniques. The use of one of these methods, called plank-on-bulkhead, was illustrated with a series of slides showing the start to finish construction of a British frigate from the 1770s.  A list of resources was provided for anyone interested in getting started into the hobby.

Charlie Cozewith has been building ship models for about 40 years, concentrating on sailing ships from the 18th and 19th centuries. He started with kits, as most modelers do, and then transitioned to scratch building from plans after he had several modelís worth of experience. He has been president, and is now newsletter editor, of the Gulf Coast Ship Modelers Society, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Maritime Museum where he is currently an active volunteer.

Visit his gallery of photos. 

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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Fred Sandoval holds his child's chair of red oak and an arc scriber that he crafted.  The chair is just a little bit too big for Fred. 

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    Taking the podium John Gay describes how he constructed this podium of scrap yellow and clear pine.  It is topped off with marine varnish.

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Mark Beringer, left, and Cliff Ober, right, show pipe boxes of cherry wood using hand tools. It's a little bit too small for PVC and galvanized pipe pieces but should work fine for holding pipes used in the fine art of converting pipe tobacco to smoke.

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              L1030431.JPG (123694 bytes) L1030502.JPG (129330 bytes) An English phone booth, a great place for Superbloke to change into his cape, was scrollsawed by Norm Nichols. He used fiberboard and said he wouldn't use it again.
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Denis Muras holds his toy car crafted of walnut and maple.  Anyone for a ride?    L1030439.JPG (112720 bytes) L1030503.JPG (138571 bytes)
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    L1030462.JPG (174374 bytes) L1030505.JPG (157567 bytes) Some lucky Irish leprechaun found that proverbial pot of gold in Charles Volek's intarsia piece.  Green wood was not used but is the result of mixing blue and yellow stain.  Other pieces of wood are of natural color.  
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Steve Procter showed slides of his home theater that was featured in the September issue of Home Theater magazine.    L1030512.JPG (108510 bytes)
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Lon Kelley brought his completed table to the club meeting and showed slides of his construction process.  The source of Lon's 2x4 & 2x6 was the result of diving in dumpsters. 

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    L1030478.JPG (165730 bytes) L1030480.JPG (185485 bytes) L1030482.JPG (193414 bytes) L1030526.JPG (77593 bytes)   Glen Edwards won some ribbons for his scrollwork at an arts and craft sow in Springfield, Missouri.  Glen definitely has nothing to be cross about.
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A hand carved bird by Dave Kissinger is held up for members to see.  Dave did not "tweet" to members but actually spoke about the bird.     L1030467.JPG (139448 bytes) L1030511.JPG (133721 bytes)
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