Half-Model Isle Au Haut Boat Tara

Half-Model Isle Au Haut Boat Tara


EXTRA SHIPPING FEES APPLY FOR THIS ITEM -- PLEASE CONTACT US. This tidy little Whitehall style pulling boat is also known as a Cape Rosier Skiff. The half hull model celebrates the original 1907 Isle au Haut named Tara which is in the Museum’s collection. Once ubiquitous along the Maine coast, these wooden boats were prized as tenders. The model is mounted on 25” L x 7” W varnished red oak backboard. Scale 1+1/2 inch= 1 foot. Although considered a nautical art form today, prior to the advent of drafting boards and computers, half hull models were traditionally handcrafted by shipwrights as three dimensional wooden shapes-done to scale- of planned hull designs that could be picked up, viewed from any angle and once perfected, passed on to other builders. My models are made from laminated layers of wood or “lifts”, and then hand carved to shape using custom made templates derived from vessel line drawings found in the museum archives. They’re handcrafted mostly from locally harvested woods such as pine for the painted half hulls and bass wood for the varnished ones. I prefer bass and mahogany for their straight grain and ease of carving with hand tools. It’s time consuming and labor intensive to replicate a vessel’s profile in wood, but to me immensely satisfying. Robert Bernier

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