Dartmouth team working from home to build Mayflower model

Jun 30, 2020

Lockdown has brought new challenges for the team building the 10ft replica scale model of the Mayflower, which will stand proudly in the Mayflower Exhibition at the Dartmouth Museum.

The Sandquay (BRNC) workshop is currently closed, with the almost-complete hull of the model safely still on site.

Meanwhile, the team of volunteers has taken to working safely in their own homes by changing around their project plan.

Ian Kirkwood's revised plan, moving the planned June work to April, has enabled the ever-resourceful team to continue progress on the model from the inside out.

Fully complying with isolation restrictions and now working in their own homes, the team have produced masts, spars, rigging, ladders and doors, barrels and capstan.

The team comprises Ian and Niki Kirkwood, Spencer Wigley, Aiden James, Phil Braakenburg, David Heron, and Bob Hart, together with master woodturner John Lancaster, who is helping from Barnstaple.

Home workshops have been modified, tools and equipment moved, and innovative new machines built. Dartmouth now has its first rope-making facility in hundreds of years.

If you are interested in supporting this exciting project, please contact the team via the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 website here or email heritage@dartmouthmayflower400.uk

David Heron in his workshop

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