ship building in the adirondacks

Over the weekend I took the entire ship building /pattern making operation way upstate into the Adirondack park. Major progress was made and there where some setbacks too. If I had known how long this would take or how hard it would be I’m not sure I would have started, but I’m glad I did.

adirondack work shop

ship work

I’ve still got a handful of photos to take, a bunch to edit and lots of pages to layout but I hope the hardest part is done. I’ve been testing as I go along so I’m confident the instruction is solid and there’s a lot of it. Hopefully the patterns make it out into the world by the end of the week. This has been such an epic effort and learning experience and I’ll be very, very, happy when it is officially done and released and I’ll also be very excited to start the next pattern.


paper mache ship

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  1. I can hardly wait! I’ve been checking on it every week! I love those ships and want to make them for my grandson, and a large one for myself! They are beautiful, Ann!!!

  2. Ann, I’m so excited that the ship pattern is almost ready. All of your creations are beautiful, but, the ships are so ethereal.

  3. I’m so excited I can hardly string a sentence together! Thank you for all your hard work to make this available to everyone.

  4. Wow, you’re sharing your trade secrets to ship building?! Can’t wait until I can buy a pattern. It won’t be the same as one of your creations but will definitely be fun to make. And it looks like going to the park was a grand idea. The pictures look beautiful and ethereal.

  5. I agree 100 percent with the above comments! Can’t wait to buy a pattern! Love, love, love this ship!!

  6. kathleen nesi

    this is so exciting! i’ve made the sailboat, the little bird and can’t wait for the ship!!! the pictures look fantastic!

  7. Oh my word Ann… Every epic effort you make is… well… epic!! What utterly gorgeous images. You surely know how to artistically stir.

  8. Wow Ann, your artistic abilities are incredible. Your fine designed creative pieces are so moving to me, and obviously to most! As an avid reader of your blog and fan of your work, I have to say thank you to you. Everyone is SOO busy as I’m certain you are as well, obviously. Yet, you have this graceful and dedicated way about you, finding the time to still continue to share your priceless makes with us! We are so lucky for your generous attitude towards art and sharing it as well. Thank you for continuously sharing your time and energy. ;D Look forward to visiting the newbies at your shop on etsy too!

  9. WOW, those pics are soooooo beautiful. I thought the tutorial and pattern you already provided was great. Looking forward to this one, XXOOOO Cat

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