At the Art of Age of Sail we focus on custom hand-building fine ship models and half-hulls which will enhance your decor at home, office or just about anywhere. Perfect for corporate gifts or as an always appreciated gift for the yachting enthusiast. A model ship will also make an attractive addition to any restaurant, marina, yacht club or lobby.All ship models are hand-made at our studio/workshop in Whitby Ontario, Canada from fine wood materials such as birch, mahogany, maple, oak, pear, teak and walnut. Sails are hand-sewn and aged, hulls are either solid, plank-on-frame or bulkhead construction. The ships are stained, painted and/or varnished to protect your ship model for decades to come. Think of us as a miniature shipyard ready to research, design and build that ship or boat with special significance or aesthetic value.
Even though we can provide you with a model which looks like it left the dockyards yesterday, such as our USS Constellation or modern yachts, we specialize, through weathering techniques and the creative use of oil-paints, pastels and stains, in creating the illusion of a ship which has survived horrendous storms and epic voyages. This is not easily achieved, but an art-form we strive to perfect. Our Gouden Leeuw and HMS Endeavour are prime examples. In this respect we feel that the Art of Age of Sail is rather unique and we hope you'll share our vision that the over-all visual realism is as important as historic accuracy.