So.. despite some rather welcome distractions, work on the model ship has continued. Having completed the group of steps related to the framing of the ship and construction of the hull and deck, I’ve moved on to some more intricate work creating items for the deck, and spots for the riggings to be secured. This has meant a lot of shaping small pieces, tiny (and I mean tiny) hole drilling, and plenty of sanding and filing. The drilling required some creative tool making (a small super-ball proved most helpful), and a healthy dose of patience (drilling 11 holes in a small strip of wood only to have the 12th hole split the entire piece was not fun). She’s shaping up to be a fine ship.