Fine ship models designed and 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 I 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 100% hand-made at my 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. Model hulls are plank-on-frame or bulkhead construction. Since each model is 'one-off', she can be made to the exact size that fits your need!
Think of The Art of Age of Sail as your miniature shipyard ready to research, engineer, design and build that ship or boat with special significance or aesthetic value.
Computer Aided Design technology (CATIA, AutoCAD and ComputerVision) is used to design the scaled replica hull and most other features, to assure authentic and accurate models. Not unlike the way ships are designed and engineered today and this enables The Art of Age of Sail to built prototype motor-yachts, sailboats and other modern vessels with over 25 years of experience in real-world design engineering.
A model can look like she left the Royal Dockyards yesterday, or, through weathering techniques and the creative use of oil-paints, pastels and stains, she may appear to have survived horrendous storms while returning home from an epic voyage of exploration. I hope you'll share my vision that the visual realism and aesthetic appeal of a model is as important as technical and historical accuracy.
My 'Portfolio' section has some typical examples of classic and historic tall ships. Use this only as a guide, as I encourage you to talk to me 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 the extensive Age of Sail ship & shipbuilding terminology database, great care has been taken in being accurate and the datebase is updated 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. I hope you stay a while and enjoy the web-site. If there's anything I can do for you or you simply have some questions, comments or suggestions, they're always welcome and very much appreciated.