One of the many projects we have been working on is my husband’s new passion for building half models. This started when I mentioned that I wanted a very large half model to use as the mantel piece in the new house.
Stands to reason that before he built the main event, he would have to practice. And he has been busy busy busy. Of course they have been some bumps along the way. One model he made the bow even fell off and had to be repaired.
That technique did not look great for my mantel idea, what if it fell off when I put a wine glass on it!
Then there is what model to build. We have our boat, Waianiwa, and we also have all of our past boats. His and hers.
Of course this leads to which one to build first, his or hers. He was doing all the work so he started with his, a 30 square meter that he owned a few decades ago, and then a 30 square meter he wants to own (hopefully after the house is done)
The lack of wall space was another issue, after all we are living in our guest house!
Finally there was a decision. For two decades I worked with the America’s Cup syndicate Young America, and in the end we decided a mantel had to be big and regal. In a nod to history – the clipper ship era – and my past we decided on the Clipper Ship Young America.
She is finally finished and hanging way up high in the guest house, hence the funny picture, waiting for her new home next door. Now we just need to build the fireplace to hang her over!