Traditional boat builders baby cradle

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Project by Deckerpair posted 08-13-2012 02:01 AM 32294 views 36 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year one of my daughters decided to have another child.
This gave me the excuse to build a Baby Tender cradle. (designed by Jordan Wood Boats) The boat builders of Norway would build these for their children and the tradition says they would use the wood from an old family boat somewhere in the build. These are great fun to build and gave me a chance to hone my skills in the area of clinker or lapstrake style building with traditional copper nail and rove rivits. My granddaughters name is Quinn so we named the boat the Mighty Quinn.

-- The fair wind blows just as well whether the sailor sleeps or is awake. Keith, Highlands Texas,

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 02:10 AM

You did a very lovely job on this. I can tell you spent many loving hours on this very authentic project. Your grandaughter is one very lucky little girl to have you as her grandfather!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 02:16 AM

that is a super great cradle. great detail. lucky grandchild!!

-- wiser1934, new york

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 02:22 AM

WOW that is amazing. Bravo! The love you put in that shows.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 02:51 AM

That is awesome~~~~ I am saving this as a future reference…..

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 02:55 AM

What a wonderful piece!

-- "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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#6 posted 08-13-2012 03:06 AM

Well built and well named! A very impressive cradle.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 03:41 AM

Super nice cradle !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 04:00 AM

That’s one of the most impressive baby cradles I’ve seen. Great job.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 04:12 AM

Nice work.
Lapstrake is not the easiest and you’ve done it well.
I have copper nails and roves in my cupboard in the shop but haven’t used them in years.
Nice build, glad to have you aboard.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 08-13-2012 08:17 AM

Very, VERY Nice!

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#11 posted 08-13-2012 10:11 AM

This is true heirloom. How long did it take to build? If I built one, and got started at the moment of conception, my grandaughter would be in grad school before I finished.

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#12 posted 08-13-2012 10:23 AM

An heirloom that will pass many generations. Congratulations

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 08-13-2012 12:08 PM

Now you’ve done it. For the past several years my attention has been on MaLoof style rockers, which I finally achieved. After seeing the great job you did on ths cradle, I am hooked :) Hope mine turns out half as nice as yours. Thank you for posting. Always loved boats since my days in the Coast Guard a long time ago.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#14 posted 08-13-2012 02:04 PM

very nice

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#15 posted 08-13-2012 03:38 PM

Stunning. never seen one done like this.

Is it legal to have the cradle hung from ropes ?……just curious

Kind Regards

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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