For the wood, I chose 3 main wood essences: Whitebeam, Pear Tree and Boxwood. First two represent the main part of the manufacturing, and the boxwood is used for decorations and various pulleys. A rigorous selection of the best parts of the wood ended up making 65% scraps, like the real ships of the time. About ten wood trays were therefore necessary for manufacturing. For ecological reasons, all the wood used for manufacturing comes from France. All the black wooden pieces are pear tree wood dyed with Indiana ink. The main wood treatment is a colorless matte wax oil. Boxwood sets are patinated with a particular shade before getting covered of wax oil.
Other materials besides precious wood are brass, to reproduce most of the metal structures, as well as artillery pieces. There is also a bit of copper, lead and tin. Only window panes and lantern panes are made of plexiglass. The brass and the copper are blackened using a special chemical treatment.
Many of the tools I used were handcrafted.
The blueprints have a 1/48 scale in the monograph, I had them scanned and printed to a scale of 1/36 by a reprographer. The thorough study of the monograph as well as other documentations represent hundreds of hours of researches in the whole project.
The manufacturing time is around 4000 hours of shed work over several years. A perpetual challenge at every step. Each piece is unique and fabricated following the blueprints or based on historical researches. It’s also often the same piece being fabricated multiple times before obtaining the final one.
About the ship
|Weight||50.7 lbs||23.5 kg|
|Length||73.2 in||186.2 cm|
|Width||15.75 in||40 cm|
|Height||37.8 in||96 cm|