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Doug Haffner

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Dan,  thank you for the comment.  While my fish is capable of opening up your sub much like a bottle opener, I have far too much appreciation to call your sub a "can" or "bottle".

Jamie, I have always been told my birth was immaculate and that I had no grandmother or father.  Mom told me that after I was able to track her down the 4th or 5th time she moved without telling me.  Your octopody gear-o-rama is looking very nice.  I had never thought to look at how a washing machine works in order to design my files. Well done. 
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While others merely talk (big) or dream, actual construction continues here at the Yarrow Shipyard - a little bit each and every day. Today it was time to add some details to the dock.  A couple of days ago I created the routing file and them machined out the 'cast iron' drawbridge.  It was assembled and glued into place. Then I added the rock work around and under it. Hinges were also added to the top side. Chains and lift blocks are yet to be added.



The mechanical fish is of the famed 'D' class and so a 'D' was cast into the drawbridge of course. More of that story will be revealed at a later point.



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I wonder if the "D" has something to do with "Dan".
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Nice details, Jen!

Jamie, please check it, I only count seven tentacles.

Dan, it looks great but I wonder what the "D" is standing for. Maybe for droll? Your post can't remain unanswered.

I can't stop thinking about it and last night I worked a little on the next part of my fish. The dorsal fin with gears, connection rod and somebody's Initials. The part will be mirrored and then glued back to back.


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It means a great deal to me, Dan, that you decided to put "D" for "Doug" on the bridge. 
I had not expected you to accept defeat so soon.

7 tentacles? Must be that Canadian math.
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Jamie knew that Dan's sub, while in combat mode would destroy at least one tentacle, a time saving strategy, good thinking Jamie. 
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I'm really looking forward to seeing the cool pieces of Joachim's fish all together. It's looking pretty cool.  

And Jamie may just have some kind of real fish soon. The files look great. It's time to put those files on the router Jamie. Can't your machine run unattended?

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Oh...it can run unattended alright mister! I would actually have to go to the shop to run it though The computer work right now on this and other stuff is quite heavy, so with the extreme heat here, I'm choosing my desk to be under our covered overhang, in the mild breeze with frequent dips in the lake. The dips are to keep me focused on marine sort of things. That and the constant battle to discourage the seagulls from making our dock completely useless, has me in the water much of the day. For study purposes of course.

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Dan
Here is the design I'm going with pressure test tank and storage unit with the harpoon gun on top
of the Jellyfish still working on the search light.
Will make a start at the weekend.
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Working on ideas for our own projects is one of the tougher things we do. Unless we get lucky, the tendency is to second guess ourselves endlessly. In the last few days I've been trying to come up with an idea for a plaque on the frame under the mechanical fish. I had some ideas I was happy with, but other elements just wouldn't jell until I finally sat down with my sketchbook tonight and just began to draw. I filled a bunch of pages with all kinds of ideas and scribbles. Finally I found the groove and it came together in about ten minutes. It has five elements (a lot for one design!) The riveted ring ties the design to the large oval of the dock. The gear signifies the mechanical aspect of the fish, The compass rose gives things a nautical flavor. The 'D' just has to be there of course. And the banner gives me a chance to name the famous shipyard where the sib was created.

The scribble is right out of my sketchbook, drawn in about ten minutes.



As always the design will morph some as I put the files together in Illustrator (lettering) and EnRoute Pro. Routing won't take long as it will measure about 6" tall x 8" wide. I'll do a little hand finishing and then some sculpting to tie it all together with the rest of the piece. I have some cool ideas to make this work.

Stay tuned...

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I fully expect that over the next few weeks, Dan will continue to expand the number of items upon his piece.  Like a chef who keeps pouring in more ingredients and additional salt.  By the time he's done, he will have built the whole cave it sits in, as well as the other ships docked.  So be it!

I, too, have begun to add a little paint, and work ever feverishly upon the fish.  To deal with all the lights, I fear I may need more wire.

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The lower ring needed some rust...

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While I was busy at my design desk this morning my MultiCam was busy in the back room churning out the latest piece for the 'D' class mechanical fish. To see a step by step of the complicated little file go to http://enrouteadventures.blogspot.ca/2013/07/looks-like-fancy-hubcap.html



This is how a prize winning mechanical fish is built Jamie.  

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Doug, You have it all wrong I'm afraid. As you well know I am a man of moderation.

Nice rust.  And the Purple trim goes well with your grandma's jewelry.  

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Stephen sent me an email as follows...

Hi Dan, 

I have to say that since we have started with all of this fun stuff we have respectfully "lifted" some of your awesome design ideas, textures, (rivets) etc. But I SWEAR I had already designed the compass on the side of my box - I didn't steal it from your design.  I hope you won't call "the institute for research of stolen sign ideas" on me. Thanks!


No worries Stephen.

I would never accuse anyone (well, except for Jamie or Doug should they attempt such a manouver) of stealing my brilliant and well executed ideas for this mechanical fish contest. A compass rose is a pretty common idea as far as marine themes. There is obviously merit in getting out front on your 'competition' just a little however.  But no fear for there is lots of details yet to come on this piece that will differentiate it from anything else out there.

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