A Carving From My Family History

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-13-2012 03:17 PM 1705 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I am adding something different, This is a copy from a black and white photo that shows a large plaque that originally was made by one of my ancestors in you guessed it 1800 :)
I used an enlarged photo copy of the original picture and with double sided tape stuck it to the wood (not sure of these woods). Using a trimming router I removed most of the waste and then came the Dremel and dentist hand piece to cut closer to the writing. Finally I sanded the edges with and split mandrel on the Dremel and a small piece of 240 grit sand paper.
The bottom corners are a bit hard to see on the original so I used poetic licence to add the anchor and a ships wheel. The business that the ancestor ran was none other than a wooden ship building yard.
A frame was added of eucalypt and here we are!
This is about ¼ the original size as I am led to believe.
See I have saw dust in my genes!!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 03:37 PM

You did a great job on the carving. And it must be really neat to have personal historic item like that in your shop.

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 03:53 PM

Nice way to honor your family’s history .
Well done project and I wish I had your carving skills .

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 03:54 PM

Very good job.
The sanding and finish are top notch.


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#4 posted 07-13-2012 05:12 PM


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#5 posted 07-13-2012 06:25 PM

Beautifully done !

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 12:45 AM

Fantastic! Thanks for the share.

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 02:52 PM

A belated welcome to Lumberjocks Peter.
You do very nice work.

I have been looking at the pieces you have posted and am very impressed with both your eye for design and your skills in the execution.
I particularly like this one for quality of work, the tribute to a craftsman of a past day, and because I have a soft spot for builders of wooden boats.

Thanks for joining and sharing your art with us.

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 02:55 PM

Peter, this is outstanding work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 02:15 PM

Nice work on that carving.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 02:19 PM

Peter that is a great plaque

Very nice detail, crisp


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#11 posted 07-16-2012 06:37 AM


What a labor of love. This is beautiful. You are so meticulous and patient in your work.

You know me…I have questions. I am lost as to the scale we are talking about. What size is the plaque we are looking at? The original…was it done in stone in the side of some building? Where was the building? Are you really just going to hang this up in your shop?

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 01:17 PM

Ok Al,
Where to start? I have been researching my family tree for near 4 years and managed to contact family members all over the world. The main section of family came from Germany and settled in England in 1850’s.
The information I have collected is now very detailed because I was not satisfied with names and dates, I wanted more!
Here is an excert from a letter written by my fathers brother who he never met.
His son Ede Hinrichs xxxxxx (1765 – 1809) was master ship builder, and in 1800 he built a residential building with an L-shaped plan on the shipyard area. It was halfway let in the dyke which at that time surrounded Norden harbour, and it was called by the people the “Hellinghaus” [“slipway house”].
In the south wall of this house a 62 cm long, 37 cm wide and 5 cm thick oak board with the inscription “ E.H.Pauls 1800 ” was mounted between the windows. Now this board hangs in the hallway of my local house. The Hellinghaus likewise still exists today and now belongs to the Norden rowing club which has renovated it in a very skilful way and has done alterations for a club house. I add a photo of the house and of the board.”
The board I made is about 32 cm by 18 cm so near half size and it hangs above our front door (inside).
The town that they made the ship building business is called Norden and here is a picture of the ship yard.

The window in the roof was used for watching boats in the harbour using a telescope.
Ther we go, hope I did’nt bore you.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 01:26 PM

Here is the same building today.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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