Old Ironside

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I present to you a hand carved replica of “Old Ironside” I carved after seeing the ship in the Boston harbor . The oak ship with 13’’ thick walls that cannonballs just bounced off in battle. After witnessing the cramped spaces and curved floor I had a real appreciation for sailors back then. The ships ceilings were only six feet high so they had to be really small men to walk around and live on this ship. To see the amazing craftsmanship that went into building the ship I walked around in complete awe. To see the mask anchored down below and stand like a huge tree that powered the ship humbled me as only one person could behold. I came home and sketched this ships image on mahogany to carve out my memory of my time with ” Old Ironside” . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 06:25 PM

beautiful carving, your time there must have been so awesome, would love to see her…but not to be for me, im sure glad you got to see her in all her glory..what a great carving….the wood you selected was just right…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 06:29 PM

Very nice carving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 06:49 PM

COOL carving of the Great ship!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 08:18 PM

Great job!

-- Daniel P

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 10:30 PM

Beautiful carving of the oldest commissioned warship in the world!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 12:16 AM

great looking carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 02:14 AM

A striking piece—very nicely done. I definitely like this.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 02:57 AM

Nicely done!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 03:22 AM

That is great work, congratulations.
I purchased a plastic model kit of “Old Ironside” USS Constitution, about 42 years ago, I have constructed about 75% of the hull but it has been sitting in its box ever since. Sadly my eyes would never allow it’s completion now.
I would love to see her in the flesh.
Thanks for showing and the memory.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 12:51 PM

Neat carving. Somewhere packed away in my souvenirs I have a coin that was struck using nails from the ship. They were doing restoration and used these as a fund raiser. I bought mine while in the service in the early 60’s.

-- Kepy

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#11 posted 07-14-2014 07:01 PM

Nicely executed carving!

I have toured the Pride of Baltimore which is an authentic reproduction of a 19th-century Baltimore clipper topsail schooner and until you actually stand aboard such a ship, it is hard to describe the awesome feeling of such a wooden, hand made vessel and it’s massive timbers that created it. The workmanship it takes to create something this large and to be seaborne is really incredible.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 05:19 PM

Awesome job on the carving! I served aboard “Old Ironsides” from 1984 to 1986. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

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