sreda, 21. marec 2018

Next challenge - production of masts

I had to perform 2 months of school practice and I decided to produce  wooden masts for Cassiopeia as the main task.

The challenge was quite huge for me:
- I've never seen somebody doing this and I've been thinking and brainstorming the process in my head for a long time

- first,  I had to prepare wooden boards; luckily I bought high quality silver spruce for that purpose

- then I started with the construction process for the very first time;
  the tallest mast has  9 meters, the other one al little bit less     


Thank you Anže Logar (Lake craft workshop Bled) for offering me all the support!

Long and cold winter

Since October I've been a student of woodworking studies and I have less time for Cassiopeia.

Winter is quite cold and long, but at weekends I managed to finish the interior works and wiring.

The cabin is small, but I have all the necessary things: small kitchen, fridge under the stairs,
saloon with 2 beds and toilets.

torek, 14. november 2017

Shining Cassiopeia - varnishing finished

The varnishing stage is finished. I put 10 hands of varnish and I'm very thankful to those who helped. This phase seemed neverending - 10 times sanding the boat and putting new layer of varnish.

But the result looks fine and I'm more than happy 😊

I made an excellent job with the help of my family, friends, schoolmates and my new Perles's tools.

sreda, 4. oktober 2017

Feeling grateful

I feel very excited since I've received new tools from my sponsor. 😊
I'm sure I would  finish Cassiopeia one year earlier if I'd had such quality tools from the beginning.

Huge thanks to Perles! 
Using high quality tools makes work much easier

I'd like to share some thoughts about the beauty of the wood.

When you work with natural material as wood you can feel the life in it.  Different types of wood have a very partical smell and it's so different to plastics.  Many trees had to fall first, but during the work process the wood becomes alive again.


A lot of hand work, little details and love bring life into wooden products.

                                  This is the beauty of wooden boats - 
                                  you can feel they have a soul.


ponedeljek, 25. september 2017

Cooperation with sponsor - PERLES tools

For those who didn't read all my blogs I 'd like to make a brief review of my work.
I started to build a unique wooden schonner four years ago and I invested around 6000 work hours in this project.
The schooner is called Cassiopeia and is almost ready. During the process I got a lot of new experiences and I had to overcome many challenges but the satisfaction is enormous.

I realised that making a boat on your own is even more difficult than building a house. A lot of hand work, stability calculation, irregular shapes, carving massive wood etc. 
I'm very grateful to all my donators, sponsors and friends who helped me realise my dreams. The most supportive was my family.

The past weeks were quite busy-  a lot of never-ending sanding and focusing on details. Also finishing the interior, electricity and little artistic details that will make Cassiopeia special.

Having good tools at work is very important.
I used the drilling machine that my mum gave as a gift to my dad when they were at my age and it's still working! That's amazing. And I'm so glad that the same company now called PERLES has become my main sponsor. I'm sure that using best quality tools will help me finish the boat faster.

torek, 19. september 2017

The biggest challenges during the work process

One of the hardest works was fixing the topside and bulwarks, made up of massive oak wood.
 Follow the photos how I managed to curve massive wooden boards:


The next challenge was covering the deck with teak:

And finally the balance calculations and fitting the ballast. But first I had to lift Cassiopeia for about  60 cm using the hydraulic lift


sobota, 16. september 2017

Back again

Dear friends!

I'd like to announce that my beautiful Cassiopeia has been almost finished. I'm twenty now and I've invested around 6000 hours of work into this project.

First, I have to apologize to those who followed my blog since I've stopped writing it for a while.
I was quite ill last year and I had other challenges to deal with, but as soon as I got better I continue the building process. I'm stronger than ever and ready to put my beauty into the sea very soon.

Yes, I managed to install the new engine 😊, constructed the interior, put teak on the deck and finished a lot of details, everything handmade.
Today I'd like to share some latest photos with you and thank to all my friends who are helping me  at works. 

Can you imagine that yesterday I was buying the interior lights and the stove?

Next challenge - production of masts

I had to perform 2 months of school practice and I decided to produce  wooden masts for Cassiopeia as the main task. The challenge was qu...