Addenda and Errata with us, he pointed to a man in the pew ahead. “He’s a master model builder.” And so we made contact with Mike Valabek, a boat modeler with 30 years’ experience. Upon hearing the story after the concert, he immediately offered to help. Unfortunately for Lodestar, Mike lives in Arizona, but while visiting here for several weeks he took the model and all her gear up to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to show it to the Model Guild, their ship modeling club. Guild president Bob Mason immediately and very kindly sent out an e-mail notice to “all hands” to see if anyone would be willing to tackle this rather daunt-
ing project. Rigging a three-master is lots more complex than a skipjack. Lodestar is now back home with us again and the quest continues. I’m still hopeful that the project will catch the interest of some talented modeler. Bulletin: Two days ago a man in Chestertown responded to the appeal, saying he’d be willing to meet with me to talk about it. I’ll keep you posted. And please keep the additions and corrections coming. Gary Crawford and his wife, Susan, own and operate Crawfords Nautical Books, a unique bookstore on Tilghman’s Island.
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Tidewater Times September 2015