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Old 09-30-2013, 08:25 AM   #143
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Wood for Interior

There is a considerable amount of wood trim in the original Pilgrim vessels. Much of it done in the 'Herreshoff traditional style' of wood trim boarding white flat panels. He would create white flat surfaces for cabin walls, bulkheads, ceilings, cabinetwork, etc, then use stained and varnished woods for all of the millwork trim, that being the corner post, drawer fronts, passageway doors, and so on.


In those days the 'wood trim' was often a structural portion of the interior item, thus the carpentry skills required were even more elaborate. Nowadays the wood trim is of a 'cosmetic additional to the underlying structure. It can still accomplish the same Herreshoff 'effect'', but it is somewhat easier to build.


So it is with the Pilgrim. Consider these few photos in the saloon area....
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The potentially large flat white areas are broken up by strips of wood trim 'blocking' each window area, and boarding each wall surface,....'framing' it so to say. The valences around the window curtains is a nice classic effect. The wood trim pieces on the ceiling harken back to the days of laminated deck support beams. The wood framed saloon windows, and the wood framed skylight, ...all classic looking.
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All of this wood trim can be simply glued onto the PP honeycomb panels that make up the 'cabin box'. These wood trim pieces can be supplied in a pre-cut fashion, either in-house or from a sub-contractor, even an overseas one (Thailand perhaps?). They could be CNC pre-cut pieces, and they could come in a variety of wood types,.....cherry, oak, teak, burl, etc.


These wood trim pieces and fixtures (cabinetry, doors, etc) would not have to be fashioned from homogenous solid woods, but rather could be some of the very high quality veneers (real wood) that are thinly cut to be glued onto the outer surface of lesser expensive wood substrates.

...to be continued
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