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Tordino – Heavy doors!

23rd July 2017 – When a neighbour started rebuilding his ship, I bought three doors of him. It are small doors, but I can’t lift them. They are hard wooden doors with bronze fittings. I think it are old cabin doors from a ferry or a pilot vessel.

The door will be the entrance to the hold. It is a rather small door, but once you enter the hold, you are supposed to have an surprising effect of the size of the ship. Or at least, this is the feeling I want to create.

Tordino – Grandfather’s furniture

22nd July 2017 – There was some furniture from my grandfather stored in an old house in Bruges. Time to pick it up. I will use the desk for the visitors who want to do research in the Library room.

My parents did some painting in ht hold, while I continued with my t&g.

Tordino – Continuing with the entrance

10th July 2017 – Yesterday evening, I started thinking about the entrance and difference in height between the floor and the steps. Today I built a solid wooden frame around the support for the steps. In some way it is a shame I’m covering up the original floor, but I have some floor left from another ship, so it will look similar.

I built the frame for the wall of the entrance space. Once ready, it will hold the original steering wheel of one of the Westhinder lightvessels. This wheel was previously used aboard the Aquarel as decoration in the bar.

Tordino – Building the entrance platform

9th July 2017 – Still working in the office room, building walls.

The walls along the stairs were painted. they will be covered with an outside quality t&g, but a few coats of paint won’t harm…

I started with building a platform in front of the stairs. This will be the main entrance to the ship.

Tordino – Windows in the Library room

1st July 2017 – While my parents continued painting the hold in a white creme colour, I finished the frames around the windows in the Library. With the remaining would I could make some steps to enter the wheelhouse. In the late afternoon, I did some more t&g to finish my little office space.

In Bruges we had our annual Kolenkaai feesten.

Tordino – A visit from Terra Nova

23rd May 2017 – While cruising on the Terra Nova, I suggested the skipper to more alongside so I could show the ship and the conversion to the crew. I will be a happy man the day my ship will have the same level of finish as theirs! The Terra Nova is in a marvelous condition!

Tordino – Unloading metal

23rd April 2017 – While cleaning the Watergeus, I removed my metal sheets, metal stairs and other tools from underneath the hatches. I put it in my van and today we unloaded it aboard the Tordino. Most of the metal will be used for the the entrance and the wheelhouse in the hold.

The stairs, I have kept for a very long period. It was a gift from a friend. He salvaged it from the Julie, a spits barge in Bruges. Never believed I could use it and certainly not on Tordino….

We continued with the roof in the library. I need a second man to help me lift the hatches.

My mother cleaned the storage units at the front of the ship. There was enough rubbish to fill my van again!


Tordino – Ceiling of the Library

17th April 2017 – After a relaxing day in Vreeswijk, it was time again to work. One of the experimental items on my planning was the ceiling of the Library. Still not convinced whether it would hold, I started building the ceiling. I will have to strengthen some parts, but it looks good, very good!

The watertanks are now in position. I had to do this first before extending the frame.