Two steps forward, one step back. Or is that one step forward, two steps back?

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”Vince Lombardi

“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”Voltaire

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over”F. Scott Fitzgerald

All very good points to keep in mind when modeling something as complex as a wooden sailing ship.  It is the last quote that applies the most today. 

I have decided to re-carve the scrollwork for the starboard side.  I was initially very pleased with how it turned out, but when I started to fit it to the trailboards I became less pleased.  It was clear that it needed to be smaller.  I dug out the laser cut version and that was a lot smaller then my carving.  I couldn’t figure out why.

I checked my scanner to make sure that when I scanned the plans it didn’t enlarge them – it didn’t.  In fact, it actually reduced them a little bit. 

What I figured out was that I should have carved to the inside of the lines rather than the outside.  And while I supposed it is possible that I could have continued to work with the carving I had, since it no longer had the pattern on it I didn’t trust myself to get it right.  And who wants to put all the work into a piece and not get it right?

So I am off to start carving the scrollwork again.  Will probably plank the deck some when my eyes cross.

Take care – happy modeling

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