Wood Upon the Sea

Mark Krug's avatar Mark Krug

When technology is produced in concert with nature the forms that result visually reflect this communion of beauty and function. No stronger example can be shown of this than the sail powered wooden ship. To focus on the wooden ship as art a uniform color of wood was chosen to allow the eye to view the whole presentation as a single entity, not drawing you into any specific detail. It also omits all rigging and sail details. The scale model is slightly stylized (e.g. the actual figurehead used was not documented). It is entirely scratch built from 1/48 scale plans drawn up by Harold Hahn using the existing Admiralty as-built draughts. Originally built as an American built Virginia tobacco cargo vessel she was purchased into the Royal Navy in 1776 and converted to a 16 gun sloop of war named ‘HMS Druid.’ This work encompasses over 500 hours of ongoing effort and 3000+ pieces of individual hand crafted components, primarily basswood with boxwood for the finer details.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 13.5 inches
  • Medium: Wood / Brass
  • Width: 34 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 17 inches