Many years ago, my late grandfather drew up plans for a waterfowl-type boat. I don't recall what his exact intentions were for the boat, whether it was just something for him to work on or if he had bigger plans. After drawing up the plans on paper, he built a scale model of the boat in his workshop. My grandfather was an engineer prior to retirement and he was often meticulous when designing something from scratch. He built the model so he could see what the boat would look like in a finished version. Unfortunately, he never actually built the full size boat.
Even in the model, my grandfather was very detailed. Everything was done by hand. The floor of the boat was made from individual pieces of wood. The floor in the center of the boat is raised and separate from the floor in the bow and stern. The side and back rails were all individual pieces that could be removed. He designed the oar locks to fold down out of the way. He also made the oars from scratch. The canopy was cut out of canvas. When the model was done, he gave it a camo paint job using separate colors. The boat is approximately 36" long and is 12" wide at the widest point.
My grandfather passed away last November. Yesterday would have been his 90th birthday. This boat is now proudly displayed in my home office. It serves as a great reminder of his design and woodworking skills and his attention to detail.
You can click on the photos for a much larger view. I had to scale them down in the post to fit the width of the column.