I started with a three and a half foot dowel and many two foot lengths of 1/2" x 1/16" basswood. I glued and threaded the pieces together with brown fishing line (Power Pro!) to make ten 5 foot struts.
|Close up of one of the joins in the basswood|
I cut out end pieces from brass sheet and screwed them into the dowels, and then used machine screws and nuts to attach the struts to them.
I also cut a propeller out of the brass and used a longer screw and some wooden spools to make it look pretty good.
I used basket reed for the ribs, again gluing them and tying them with fishing line.
|Close up of the join|
I still have to cover the frame with rice paper mache, and make the gondola. I have a good start on the net that will go over the top and attach to the gondolla:
|Waxed linen thread net|