Ship models built with passion for discerning individuals
who do not just buy a model but have one built for them!
At the Art of Age of Sail we focus on custom hand-building fine ship models and half-hulls which will enhance your decor at home, office or just about anywhere. Perfect for a corporate gift or an always appreciated gift for the boating enthusiast, yacht owner or history buff. A model ship will also make an attractive addition to any fine restaurant, marina, yacht club, lobby or boardroom. You may even want to design an entire room around a fine model ship.
All ship models are hand-made at our studio/workshop in Whitby Ontario, Canada from fine wood materials such as cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, pear, teak and walnut. Sails are hand-sewn or thread-pulled and possibly aged, hulls are plank-on-frame or bulkhead construction.
Think of us as a miniature shipyard ready to research, design and build that ship or boat with special significance or aesthetic value.
We use Computer Aided Design technology (CATIA, AutoCAD and ComputerVision) to design the scaled replica hull and a host of other features, to assure authentic and accurate models. Not unlike the way ships are designed and engineered today and this enables us to do prototyping of motor-yachts, sailing-yachts and other modern vessels. We have over 25 years of experience in design engineering.
Even though we can provide you with a model which looks like it left the dockyards yesterday, such as our USS Constellation or modern yachts, we specialize, through weathering techniques and the creative use of oil-paints, pastels and stains, in creating the illusion of a ship which has survived horrendous storms and epic voyages. This is not easily achieved, but an art-form we strive to perfect. In this respect we feel that the Art of Age of Sail is rather unique and we hope you'll share our vision that the over-all visual realism and appeal is as important as historic accuracy.
Our 'Samples' section has some typical examples of classic and historic tall ships. Use this only as a guide, as we encourage you to talk to us about what it is you're looking for. Perhaps it is a replica of a vessel that took your ancestors to new destinations. Maybe it's a model of your family yacht or a Chinese junk that took you on an unforgettable cruise while visiting the Orient. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Please also visit our extensive Age of Sail ship & shipbuilding terminology database, we've taken great care in being accurate and update the database on a regular basis. Or you may want to visit our history section, with bits and pieces of historical information and literature of interest to the Age of Sail enthusiast. We hope you stay a while and enjoy our web-site. If there's anything we can do for you or you simply have some questions, comments or suggestions, they're always welcome and very much appreciated.