Wooden Ship Building Processes (100% Handmade)

We use the highest quality woods like rose wood, ebony, black wood, mahogany, teak, western red cedar… All the wood is naturally seasoned and/or kiln dry before use to make sure that the completed products withstand any climate.

All of our models are 100% hand-crafted, scratch built, planks on frame.  Models are fully assembled, not in kits form.

Our models are completely build from scratch, NOT from kit. Each model comes with a stand for display. Each model comes with a base, a brass or metal name plate and the history about the ship.

Ship Construction
All models are handmade from beginning by skillful and experienced craftsmen. They are built according to scale of the original ships through original plans or pictures using the plank on frame construction method. The hull is joined by multi-pieces of dry thin wood glued together.

Inside the hull, we use high quality epoxy which helps the thin wooden bars to bond close to one another and not split, crack or twist even in variable climatic conditions.

Ship Measurement
All ships from the factory are measured in centimeter and illustrated in the below picture.  Measured the full dimension in inches or cm

The Processes Of Creating Vietnamese Lacquerware

Vietnamese lacquer art is an extremely labour intensive and time consuming process. Vietnamese lacquerware usually goes through 20 stages taking not less than 100 days regardless of it being a large picture or a small lacquerware piece such as a bowl, coaster or candle holder.

There are three main kinds of lacquerware: Mother – of – pearl, eggshell, painting or any of the combination of these three.

The substrate is wood: rose, cherry or walnut wood for the furniture, screens or jewellery boxes, ebony for statues; jack fruit wood for boxes, bowls, plates and plywood for paintings. The wood is selected for each purpose and then covered with a layer of natural lacquer which gradually seeps through to a core of wood to make it harder and provides protection against insect attack.

The soaked piece is covered with a piece of gauze to give more strength to the piece and help prevent cracking or warping. Five more layers of lacquer are applied to hide the gauze and to reach the necessary thickness. In between each layer of lacquer, the lacquer artist must wait until the lacquer dries and it is rubbed in water.

The process of layering, drying and rubbing will be repeated many times (sometimes up to 15 lacquer layers or more) until the lacquerware become totally smooth.

Natural beauty combined with the high durability is the main characteristics of each Vietnamese lacquerware. The lacquerware, if with proper care, will retain its beauty for many years. Although each Vietnamese lacquerware is unique, below are some general precautions to help you get the most use out of your lacquerware.

  1. Keep your lacquerware out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat. Ultraviolet light and extreme heat will fade the lacquerware surface and result in tiny cracks. Once damaged, deterioration can happen and the beauty and life span of your lacquerware will be reduced.
  2. Avoid using chemicals to clean your lacquerware. Instead, try to use dry or damp cloth to gently wipe away dust and moisture.
  3. When you want to wash your lacquerware, use mild soap and warm water. Rinse and dry immediately after cleaning. Do not clean with hot water or try not to soak your lacquerware for too long.