Thursday, April 21, 2011
steam winch. This time, we picked up a section of the keel (the single large object over the axles in the photo), structural knees, chain plates (part of the standing rigging), and a partial bowsprit assembly. All the parts will eventually be incorporated into a display at the planned Seaport Landing facility on the Chehalis River.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
OK, so the Spar Shop wasn't actually ON the set of 'Water for Elephants,' but we did help out by turning poles for the big top circus tent and animal menagerie tent that appears in the movie.
The Spar Shop turned out 122 Douglass-fir poles ranging from four inches to 12 inches in diameter and up to 52 feet in length in just under 28 days. We achieved the “distressed” look specified in the contract by using dull cutting tools. The Spar Shop also worked with Precision Pipe Fabricators in Aberdeen to manufacturer some of the hardware required by the production. The work was completed in April 2010.
Top photo: Steve Carr and Matt Bale install the ironwork on top of a "king pole," the center pole of the big top tent. Middle photo: Matt Bale trims the top off the king pole. Bottom photo: The poles loaded on a trailer for shipment to the producers.
Our poles also appeared on the cover of the current issue of Vogue magazine and in a video about the photo shoot for the cover. It's about as close as we'll ever get to Reese Witherspoon!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
A lost video (or, at least, a misplaced video) of Lady Washington has resurfaced, thanks to our friends at a Coos Bay community television station. Edwin Armstrong of Stack Armstrong Productions contacted us, saying he had a copy of a 1992 documentary about the history, construction, and first voyages of Lady Washington. Ed transferred the VHS video to DVD and sent it to us, and now it's available to the whole planet via YouTube. Whom do you recognize after 20 years?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"As the tribal Chair of the Chinook Nation, Ray has been a strong leader and advocate for his people," wrote Les Bolton, executive director of the Historical Seaport in an email to supporters. "He has helped us many times to reach out and connect with tribal members from around the region. He has taught us about traditions and that it is okay if we make mistakes, so long as our intent was honorable and we were acting out of respect."
Ray is currently waiting for admission to a list of potential lung transplant recipients. We ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Ray can be reached via the Chinook Nation website. He also has a Facebook page.
Zodiac install the two masts turned by the Spar Shop earlier this year. Inez Wall sent these photos of the action in Bellingham. The main mast replaced one that split last September, and the foremast was due for replacement, so both were done at the same time. Here's an article in the Seattle Times about the installation. Congratulations to the Zodiac team!
Monday, April 4, 2011
We had a blast--literally--in Coos Bay over the weekend. You can tell by the top photo of Lady Washington, submitted by Doug James, a guest on one of our Battle Sails. The Lady Washington has just fired a cannon. The misty lower photo of Hawaiian Chieftain was sent to us by Glenn Smith, another Battle Sail guest. If you have photos to share, send them to email@example.com.