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Old 24-04-2019, 09:33   #1
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Good day everyone. First time thread creator here. Since I was in my early teen years I have had a fascination with boat design to the extent that I minored in Naval Architecture to compliment my Mechanical Engineering degree. To this day I don't have any completed boat designs but that is all about to change. I have recently commssioned an artisan to cast for me a set of spline ducks in bronze. After a lot of design and waiting for him to upsize his operation to handle this order, they will be shipped to me this week!

Though I don't think he wants to replicate this project, he did say he may be interested in other things maritime related. This brings us to the heart of the post. If you are looking to create some truly unique and interesting pieces of brightwork for your boat, you should look him up. His name is Eric Meulemans. To be clear, I am recieving nothing for this shout out. I'm just really pleased with the outcome and think that maybe some of you might be able to find this of some use for your own projects. He calls what he does "meuleurgy" so if you google that you will find his site easily. Though not quite finished (still needs little hooks to hold the spline down), the attached pictures show what he was able to produce from my sketches and descriptions.
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Old 24-04-2019, 09:47   #2
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Lucky, those are truly beautiful. Mr. Meulemans did a fine job of creating beauty along with function. The design looks somewhat like North Coast Indian designs.
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Old 24-04-2019, 11:10   #3
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Interesting observation and thank you. I like a piece that speaks differently to different people.

The broad concept was actually whale teeth with scrimshaw ornamentation. It stemmed from the fact that spline weights are sometimes called whales because of their look when it comes to their traditional form. I then asked my wife (my personal artist ) to draw out some kind of simple design reminiscent of scrimshaw and the ocean. Eric made the magic happen though.

I'm hoping to make a steel rack that I can store/display them in. You may have noticed that when a pair are put together bottom to bottom they resemble a single, large, decorated tooth.
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Old 24-04-2019, 15:15   #4
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Very handsome pieces, Lucky, but FWIW, to me "brightwork" refers to varnished timber, usually above decks.

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Old 25-04-2019, 04:57   #5
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Sorry Jim. I didnít mean to be misleading. I couldnít think of a better term. What would you call decorative and/or functional exposed and polished metal on a boat?
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Bling

BTW what is a spline duck?
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BTW what is a spline duck?
It is a weighted piece to hold a spline (thin strip of wood or plastic) in place while you draw it on a piece of paper. Used in ship design.
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Here are a couple of pictures to show what they are used for and why they are sometimes called "ducks."
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I am aware that many traditionalists and historians believe that a hand drawn lines plan is superior. but these things are now obsolete made so by the Autoship computer programme initially created prior to 1993



by the team lead by Grahame H Shannon (RTD) of Avia Yachts design group.



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I am aware that many traditionalists and historians believe that a hand drawn lines plan is superior. but these things are now obsolete made so by the Autoship computer programme initially created prior to 1993



by the team lead by Grahame H Shannon (RTD) of Avia Yachts design group.



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This is true. I work all day long in AutoCAD though. Two of my incomplete boat designs were done in college using Maxsurf. Its not that the hand drawn lines are superior, it's that they are good enough. I find hand drafting to be peaceful and relaxing. I learned how in middle school (1996) and did it through sophmore year of high school until we switched to CAD in 2000. It's not about being better or not; it's more about doing something I enjoy that will work just fine. The exactness of CAD programs can make tasks very tedious sometimes when they don't need to be.

On top of this, everything in higher end CAD software is subscription based and has potential to be buggy. I own all of my equipment now bug free with no annual costs .
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Luckyknot, do you mean you draw on paper with a pencil and make lines and curves? How innovative? I think that has the potential to become a viral trend if the right social media influencers tag it. Here are some of my efforts with pencil on paper.

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Oh wow Tayana, those are amazing! Beautiful work! I wish I had those skills. It takes me a lot more tools to create something maybe half as good
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Luckyknot, your technical drawing is an entirely different thing. Iíve been drawing people for many years, lots of practice.
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By day I write computer vision code, but by night I draw with charcoal pencils. There is something organic and natural there- just feels right. Thanks for introducing me to spline ducks!
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