Fine de­tails of how prow got ship­shape

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Clock­wise from main pic­ture; (from last year’s show) a judge checks the flow­ers; Iain Doig of Yorkes Butch­ers and chef Jean Christophe Novelli; and visi­tors look­ing at a at a dis­play; (from this year) a truck en­ters the ground; and Joyce Cuth­bert and Sue Black bring in some plants for this year’s events.

The event runs from 10am-5pm to­mor­row and from on Satur­day and Sun­day. Tick­ets are now on sale at the Dundee City Box Of­fice.

Ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren un­der the age of 16 are free all week­end. Fri­day tick­ets cost £9 and ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren un­der. Day tick­ets (Satur­day and Sun­day only) are £12 for adults and £11 con­ces­sion.

A three-day ticket is £24 per adult and £22 con­ces­sion.

Tick­ets can also be pur­chased in per­son at Cam­per­down Park. A BE­SPOKE E n g l i s h ship­builder has de­tailed the painstak­ing process of re­plac­ing the prom­i­nent bow dec­o­ra­tiononone­ofDundee’s his­toric mar­itime ves­sels.

The fig­ure­head of RRS Dis­cov­ery, the Antarc­tic re­search ship sailed by Cap­tain Robert Fal­con Scott, un­der­went a re­place­ment at Glouces­ter-based ship­build­ing yard T Niel­son & Co.

The firm was re­spon­si­ble for the re­fur­bish­ment of the ship’s masts and rig­ging.

It has show­cased the in­tri­ca­cies of their ship­build­ing craft after re­leas­ing de­tails of the fig­ure­head’s re­con­struc­tion, from a hum­ble plank of wood to fine, hand-painted prow.

The fig­ure­head — an in­tri­cate wooden carv­ing dec­o­rated with a Union Jack and leaf de­tail — has been re­con­structed from Dou­glas fir tim­ber.

The orig­i­nal carv­ing had rot­ted, but the out­line of the fig­ure­head was recre­ated us­ing ac­cu­rate wood­carv­ing tech­niques, com­bined with mod­ern cut­ting tech­nol­ogy, which the com­pany has said will “en­sure a like-for-like” replica of the “beau­ti­ful piece of Bri­tish mar­itime his­tory”.

A spokes­woman for T Nielsen de­scribed how crafts­men painstak­ingly recre­ated the iconic front.

She said: “At the be­gin­ning of the carv­ing process, only an­gle grinders were used.

“Two dif­fer­ent types of chain carver discs proved ex­cel­lent at re­mov­ing vast amounts of wood quickly and flex­i­ble abra­sive discs were used for smooth­ing down.

“Tem­plates were made to recre­ate cer­tain com­pli­cated sec­tions and much was ac­com­plished by eye and touch.

“A wide va­ri­ety of chis­els and gouges were then used and good knowl­edge of wood grain and edge tool sharp­en­ing was es­sen­tial.

“The fig­ure­head started to take shape, with the carv­ing be­com­ing more in­tri­cate.”

The Dis­cov­ery’s seven-month re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme was paid for in part through a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, which saw kind-hearted bene­fac­tors do­nate more than £40,000.

The prom­i­nent bow dec­o­ra­tion was in­stalled along­side the rigs and masts in July. The ship’s crew­man, Billy West, spent two weeks treat­ing, seal­ing and un­der­coat­ing it be­fore giv­ing it a top coat of gold paint.

The fig­ure­head ready for paint­ing.

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