The work

 

An important act at the beginning of every project is to survey the bow or a house`s front to define the figure`s size and posture. The choice of the theme and style of a piece is often connected to the ship`s name or the desires of the owner or costumer. Extensive archives of old figurehead pictures and first draft drawings contribute to the design and help to comply with the costumer`s individual requests and ideas.

 

Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

. Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

Photo:Hartmann

Photo: Hartmann

Photo: Hartmann

Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

Photo:Hartmann

 

 

 

The next step is the selection of the type of wood to be used, also determinted according to the customer`s desires. The choice of woods range from nothern pine to oaks, maples, mahogany and others. Many different kinds of wood are stored in the former farm workshop on Harriersand.

The tone of the space is set by the presence of bizarre driftwoods found washed ashore on the River and Noth Sea shores, as well as many old shell and barnacle - encrusted, weather - beaten moorings.

After all the data has been determined this is transferred to the material and the handicraft work can begin. The chain saw is then used to roughly cut the shape out of the wood.

By means of different chisels/gouges and other tools, the contours of the figure are then more concretely worked out and developed. Apart from the development of a sculpture, this phase is the most creative of the entire carving and sculpting activities, because all the decorations and details find their place here. This is the stage in which it is decided what elements will be utilised.

Intensive sanding and smoothing is the basis for the subsequent impregnation and painting. Each sculpture receives an individual preservative coat depending on the later demands placed on it by environmental influences.

Figures attached to the outside of sailing boats and yachts require a more resistant/robust coating than figures in the interior of vessels or buildings.

The fastening of the figures onto the outside of sailing ships and yachts is mainly carried out by local shipyards, i.e. if a ship is located in the Meditteranean Sea, then co-ordination activities of Hartmann Design are also relocated there.

During such work the figure is often damaged, so that the final coat of paint is put on directly on the bow of the ship.

 

 

Photo: Hartmann

Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

 Photo: R.Ley

Photo:Phillipp v.Recklinghausen

                   Photo:Hartmann