How to Build Half Models, Part 1
There are few products of woodworking as exciting to behold as a well-crafted half model. It reveals the character of the boat it represents at a scale that can be admired at a glance and appreciated for a lifetime. In this episode, boatbuilder and modelmaker Eric Dow introduces viewers to half-hull modeling and demonstrate how it can be both a practical way to enjoy woodworking with limited time and tools, and a tangible way to grasp the intricacies of boat plans.
This episode opens with WoodenBoat Publications founder Jon Wilson describing how half models have played an important part in both his personal and professional lives, and offers a fascinating glimpse of a number of well-known boat designs and designers. Eric Dow follows with an explanation of the shape and composition of a half model and how to build one from a lines plan. He shares what tools are needed, which woods are most suitable for the task, and the best glues to use. Using the example of the legendary Herreshoff yacht GLORIANA, he transfers the lines to the stock and cuts out the pieces. The episode ends with a demonstration of proper gluing and clamping techniques.