Model ships have been made for thousands of years with scrap material. However, it wasn’t until bottle making reached a consistent level of quality that sailors merged the two to create a craft that can not only pass the time, but also build a lasting work of art.
Putting a ship in a bottle is a lot like solving a puzzle. Before you begin you have an idea of what materials you have to work with and how they will all fit together in the end.
The shipbuilder aims to create a replica of a historically significant ship in the most accurate way possible. All the colors and details of the original ship are taken into consideration when choosing what materials to use in the recreation.
There are two main methods of building. The first, involves collapsing the body of the ship enough to fit into the bottle and raising it once inside.
The second method involves taking all of the pieces apart and then reassembling them inside of the bottle.
A SHIP IN A BOTTLE IS A WORK OF ART
While most people don’t devote decades of their life to honing this craft, watching the process and knowing a bit about the history can give you a better idea of what it takes to actually make a ship in a bottle and why people do it.
The finished product is a work of art that not only celebrates nautical life, but also the craft of creating something meaningful by hand.
Now for the real question.
Will you ever look at a ship in a bottle the same way?