My long USS North Carolina journey

After the success of my Titanic project, I dove right into my next project, this time a battleship. Fueled by that success and an urge to push myself, I set out on the USS North Carolina.

But as time went on, I felt myself losing my drive for creation. The battleship slipped in the abyss. Had I gone too far? Was my best work behind me? These questions weighed on me for years while the battleship sat.

It was perhaps the darkest time of my creative life. I didn’t paint and there wasn’t any woodworking. For years, I would pick at it, trying to boost my drive again but it wasn’t until 2010 when my hip was really causing me problems that I was forced to stop. That forced stop gave me enough pause to look at it in a new light and really dig into it and at a feverish pace. My urge to create was back!

It was nearly early a dozen years later after I started it when I completed it in 2011. It was my masterpiece. Far superior to the Titanic in detail, this was where I really saw my woodworking capability come to light.

And it was just what I needed. With the battleship behind me, my creative juices were alive again! And with this site running, it gave me that extra push or motivation. Now I have endless ideas, I just need to find more time in my day to create.

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