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Handcrafted Nautical Decor Sited at Dana Point’s Tall Ship’s Festival

September 5th, 2012

Strange tides are brewing in California this weekend. Dana Point hosts its annual Tall Ships Festival – and you’d better believe Handcrafted Nautical Decor will be in attendance! In fact, you’ll get the chance to meet the man behind the magic: Richard Norris himself, designer and master builder for Handcrafted Model Ships. Hip, hip, huzzah!

Picture of a life ring

Hang on – let me take this clamshell from my ear. I thought you said you’ve never heard of the Tall Ships Festival. Oh, you did? (Uh, listen, landlubber; don’t say that out loud or you’re likely to be keelhauled by a band of drunken pirates, m’kay?)

For the uninformed, the Tall Ships Festival is the nautical and maritime enthusiast’s answer to a renaissance faire. You’ve got folks in elaborate costume re-enacting fearsome sea battles, rare artisans and hula dancers (yes, hula dancers!) all to help you recapture the glory days of the famed Age of Sail.

Whaddaya mean I’m missing something? We’ve got scantily clad ship wenches, bedecked captains and other naval warfare, uhhh, crafts?

Just kidding. We know what you really want to see at a Tall Ships Festival:

Tall ships!

Rest assured, there will be a wonderful array of beautiful tall ships, all for your viewing pleasure. Some to be re-enacting those aforementioned naval battles, and a cannonade. (Don’t know what a cannonade is? Just one more reason to go to the Tall Ships Festival this weekend!) And, of course you can bring the whole family. More the merrier!

The Tall Ships Festival is designed to entertain both the young – and the young at heart. But we better not hear that you didn’t come and visit us while you were there. That’s right – Handcrafted Nautical Decor will have its own booth at the festival. Bypass cyberspace and go face-to-face!

All right, let’s talk home decor. (After all, that’s what this blog is about, right?) They say a man’s home is his castle. Have you been to a castle? I don’t mean ogled gorgeous photos of them – or the one you lovingly bestowed upon your fish-tank. I mean, a real castle. They’re cavernous, dark, dank, and just generally unwelcoming. Plus, the most action a castle really sees is when his enemies are laying siege to the whole thing. Just not a pretty story.

Picture of a model of the USS Constitution

We here at Handcrafted Nautical Decor believe that your space is a reflection of you, and you are the captain of your ship. So, let’s coin a new phrase, here and now, just you and me:

A man’s home is his beach house.

Getting the picture? Ohhh, yeah … ocean breezes, maybe a little Jimmy Buffett piping through the sound system … the distant call of seagulls and the soft roar of the ocean. Oh, yeah, baby. Welcome to Margaritaville.

Or … you could take an arrow to the knee. It’s your choice.

But the good men, women and merfolk here at Handcrafted Nautical Decor are firm believers that a beach house – complete with beach signs, a spyglass, nautical floats, colorful schools of metal fish, (art reduces stress – fact!) beach chairs – absolutely everything you could possibly need to realize your dream of leisurely living.

What about for our Age of Sail buffs? The hardcore fans of military history, that can quote chapter and verse who did what and why we should know about it? His home could be his captain’s cabin – with nautical charts, a captain’s cabinet, globe, sextant, and – lest we forget – his very own Handcrafted Model Ship – to aid in the glorious retellings of his favorite battles on the high seas.

We certainly hope you’ll drop on by when you come to Dana Point, as we can’t get enough of these ships, either.

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Brass Nautical Keychains Vs. Plastic Keychains

November 1st, 2010

Brass Telescope Key Chain

When it comes to nautical key chains there are two main types – brass (metal) and plastic. The quality of your nautical key chain will rely on its composition. Plastic is quickly surpassing metal as the main element in creating many items, including key chains. But does that necessarily make it the better choice? In order to find this out, we will have to discover the main strengths and weaknesses of both.

Metal key chains are manufactured as brass key chains mainly. Key chains made from brass are very strong, and tend to last longer than plastic key chains. This is because metal is a more resilient element that can weather through the toughest of conditions. However, key chains made from metal are susceptible to rust and other long term effects. The key to maintaining a brass metal key chain is to make sure that you polish it when necessary. To this end, using a brass polisher will do. This can be very messy, and the smell of which is not pleasant. Though, cleaning your key chain with the appropriate polish will ensure a more brilliant shine time and time again. If you do not polish your key chain then the rust that builds up can cause extreme wear that will either tarnish your nautical key chain or possible break it.

Plastic is used to replace metal in a variety of different manufacturing areas. For instance, cars are now being made with plastic for their body trims and other areas due to plastics low cost and maneuverability. Plastic does not need to be as rigorously up kept as metal either. This means that your plastic key chain will be extremely low maintenance. However, while this is true, plastic is not nearly as strong as metal. It is much more likely that you will accidentally bend your key chain, or even completely break it with a minor moment of neglect. Also, plastic key chains just do not have the same brilliance exuded by key chains made from metal. There is no shine to a plastic key chain, making them come across as more of a toy than a nautical item meant to be taken seriously.

Both metal and plastic have their advantages and disadvantages. However, in spite of the maintenance needed to keep your key chain in prime condition, it is metal that creates the most authentic and luxurious key chains. While plastic key chains do not live up to the same standard that metal brass key chains do. There are several different types of key chains, and really it will come down to what you are looking for in a key chain when deciding brass metal or plastic. Metal is certainly the way to go for those that want a beautiful shine and more authentic key chain to hold their car and house keys, among other valuable items. Plastic key chains are more for children, and are not meant to have the same quality as metal.

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Types Of Nautical Keychains

September 29th, 2010

Nautical Key Ring

The tradition of collecting nautical items has been around for ages. There are many different kinds of nautical items that one can purchase in today’s market. For instance, the nautical key chain has become a nautical item that many people choose to seek out due to their low cost and their practicability.

There are several different types of nautical key chains that buyers can purchase. These different types of key chains can come in many different forms, such as brass, plastic, and even chrome. The length of the chain can also vary from short to long, depending on how you want it. Furthermore, you could even have your nautical key chain personalized to add extra sentimental value to your item. This article will examine a few different kinds of nautical key chains that can be found at nautical shops on and offline.

The kinds of nautical key chains are relatively inexpensive, usually ranging from about three to five dollars at the most. Nautical key chains make great stocking stuffers and other gifts for people in the work place and at home.

Depending on the type of nautical fan that you are, you will find several different kinds of nautical key chains that reflect your interest. For those that are lovers of yachts, there are key chains that are in the form of yachts.

Sea life nautical lovers will take interest in key chains such as the dolphin key chain. As the name suggests, this key chain features a dolphin on as the symbol, and usually comes in brass.

Other types of nautical key chains such as the pulley and anchor key chains are great for those with a general interest in maritime affairs. These key chains are excellent additions to the collection of established nautical collectors that can be taken anywhere in order to show their nautical enthusiasm.

More practical nautical key rings include the compass key chain, hour glass key chain, and bosun whistle key chain. The compass key chain is an amazing nautical item that features a compass design with all of the bells and whistles of the real deal. This key chain is perfect for the nautical navigating type. The hour glass key chain is a real working hourglass with white sand inside of it. This allows this key chain type to be used as a timer for small notations in time. This is a very useful key chain when running drills that require precise timing. The bosun whistle is an ancient instrument of nautical culture, and with the bosun key chain you can have a piece of nautical history with you wherever you go. This key chain is a functioning whistle that is great for using in situations of crowd control or to get the attention of your stubborn teenage son who keeps his head phones on all of the time!

These are just a few of the types of nautical key chains that you can find. There are many more types of nautical key chains available as well as the ones mentioned.

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Nautical Keyrings

August 13th, 2010
Oil lamp key chain

Oil lamp key chain

Nautical keyrings are among the many several different types of decor items found at handcraftedmodelships.com. The many designs of our nautical keyring have a rich history that model ship enthusiasts will love. Handcrafted Model Ships sells authentic replicas of nautical keyrings for purchase at low prices. Our nautical keyrings are made from the finest quality materials, such as solid polished brass, and are available for sale below the standard retail price.

History

The nautical keyrings sold at Handcrafted Model Ships are created with many different designs. One of our forthcoming keyrings is the Bosun Whistle key chain. This nautical keyring is an old nautical tool employed first by the Greeks and Romans to keep their slaves in sync while paddling their ships. Other keyring designs include: yacht keyrings, dolphin keyrings, cannon keyrings, pulley keyrings, propeller keyrings, anchor keyrings, anchor with rod keyrings, folding anchor keyrings, and bell keyrings.

Importance

Nautical keyrings are great for everyday use, and will showcase your love for nautical culture every time you leave the house. Many of our nautical keyrings are steeped in history, like the bosun whistle, and make great cultural items for young and old people alike. These nautical decor items are great for introducing other people in your life to the nautical culture, as well as learning a bit of history yourself.

Authentic Replicas

Our keyrings are created to be as authentic in design as possible. We aim to create a product that is both practical and beautiful. For instance, the bosun whistle nautical keyrings at Handcrafted Model Ships are not just replicas of the real deal, but are fully functional. A sharp blow into the whistle will yield the same shrill sound of an authentic boatswain pipe. Handcrafted Model Ships also offers other nautical keyrings that are both practical in application and great decor items. Such items include our telescope keyrings, our hourglass keyrings, and our compass keyrings.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships makes it their priority to put quality before quantity. Therefore, each item that you will find in our nautical store is handcrafted, and created to last. Our master artisans use their years of experience to create the finest product you will be able to find on the web. Though our nautical decorations such as our keyrings are made with quality in mind, we also make sure to give our customers the ability to afford them. Therefore, Handcrafted Model Ships is where you will always be able to find quality nautical keyrings far below the standard retail prices.

These nautical decor items are just a few of the different kinds of items you can find at Handcrafted Model Ships. Anything nautical that you are looking for, you will most likely be able to find here. This is due to our wide range of diverse authentic and quality nautical decor products. Furthermore, all of our nautical keychains are affordable, and lower than the standard retail prices for items of such quality.

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Nautical Keychain

August 11th, 2010
Diving helmet key chain

Diving helmet key chain

Nautical keychains are among the many different kinds of nautical decor items available at handcraftedmodelships.com. The history behind the nautical keychain is heavily intertwined with the nautical culture. Today, the nautical keychain’s historical significance and modern importance are different, but nautical keychains are valued nonetheless. Handcrafted Model Ships offers authentic replicas of nautical keychains for you to purchase at low prices. Each nautical keychain for sale is made from solid brass and is available below the standard retail prices. With a deal this great, passing up on our nautical keychains will be doing a major disservice to yourself!

History

The nautical keychains offered at Handcrafted Model Ships come in the form of several varying designs. Designs such as the Bosun Whistle key chain are particularly significant in nautical history. The bosun whistle is among the oldest nautical inventions, and was first used by the Greeks and Romans as tools to keep their slaves in sync with their strokes. It was also used during the Crusades as a call to attack for the crossbowmen. Furthermore, the use of the bosun whistle became a mainstay with officers in the British and American navies.

Importance

The significance of the bosun whistle today is that of tradition. Many people still play the bosun whistle, also known as a boatswain pipe. In the modern age, Captains still employ the shrill sound of the bosun whistle as a call to formation. The nautical keychains offered at Handcrafted Model Ships also serve as great decorative items for the nautical enthusiast. With a nautical keychain, you will be able to show your interest in maritime history to all those around you, and be able to keep a piece of your nautical collection with you wherever you go.

Authentic Replicas

The bosun whistle nautical keychains at Handcrafted Model Ships are excellent replicas of a pipe steeped in naval tradition. Far from just an authentic replica, these bosun whistle keychains actually do work. When you blow into the whistle, you will be able to produce the same shrill sound you would expect out of a real boatswain pipe. Other practical nautical keychain authentic replicas include the telescope keychain, and the compass keychain.

Quality

The quality of our nautical keychains is the first priority of Handcrafted Model Ships. In addition to the bosun whistle nautical keychains, you can find quality replicas in nautical keychain format such as: yacht keychains, dolphin keychains, cannon keychains, pulley keychains, propeller keychains, anchor keychains, anchor with rod keychains, folding anchor keychains, and bell keychains. Each one of these nautical decor items is crafted from the finest quality materials, and is available for low prices.

These nautical decor items are just a few of the items offered at handcraftedmodelships.com. You will be able to find a way range of diverse nautical decor products, each with unsurpassed quality and authenticity. Furthermore, all of our nautical keychains are affordable, and lower than the standard retail prices for items of such quality.

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Bosun Whistle

July 30th, 2010
Boatswain / Bosun Whistle with Box

Boatswain / Bosun Whistle with Box

Handcraftedmodelships.com offers the best in nautical decor items and model ships. Here you will be able to get your hands on authentic versions of many nautical decor items, such as bottled ships, ship wheels, ship bells, and bosun whistles. The history behind our items is the driving force to create such authentic and quality replicas. We at Handcrafted Model Ships are only proud of our designs and handy work when you, the customer, leave positive feedback on our products. For this reason, we employ top of the line artisans to skillfully fine tune and replicate our models and nautical decor. Customers of any budget are welcome to Handcrafted Model Ships, because we make it our priority to sell quality models at affordable prices. You will be delighted in our large selection of historically significant replicas, such as the bosun whistle key chain!

History

The history behind many of our nautical decor items, such as the bosun whistle, is especially significant. The bosun whistle is among the oldest nautical inventions, and was first recorded to be used by the Greeks and Romans as a sort of metronome aboard ship for the timing of their slaves strokes. It was also used during the Crusades to form the crossbowmen into an attack formation. Most recently, the use of the bosun whistle became symbolic for officers in the British and American navies to carry with them.

Importance

The importance of the bosun whistle today is very traditional. The bosun whistle is also known as a boatswain pipe, and in the modern age, Captains still utilize the shrill sound of the bosun whistle to call attention on deck. The bosun whistle is important for its significance in the past as a musical instrument of the open seas.

Authentic Replicas

Handcrafted Model Ships manufactures bosun whistles to be authentic replicas of the nautical significant instrument. While more than just a replica, the bosun whistles made by Handcrafted Model Ships are fully functional. When you blow into the whistle, you will be able to produce the same shrill sound you would expect out of a real boatswain pipe.

Quality

The authenticity and quality of our products is what sets us apart from other model ship and nautical decor retailers. At Handcrafted Model Ships, you will notice that each item is carefully constructed from hand, and worked on diligently to produce the kind of quality products that arrive at your doorstep. While we pride ourselves on our authenticity and quality, we make sure to keep our products below the standard retail price that you would expect. Our products are made from real, solid and polished brass. You can rest at ease knowing that your brass bosun whistle will not tarnish, and will remain fingerprint free. All of our products at Handcrafted Model Ships is kept up to the same standard, as we know that you would expect no less from your model ship retailer.

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Bosun Boatswain

July 28th, 2010
Bosun Boatswain Whistle Nautical Keychain

Bosun Boatswain Whistle Nautical Keychain

Handcraftedmodelships.com offers the best in the way of authentic and quality nautical decor products and model ships. Here you will be able to find many authentic replicas in the form of model ships and nautical decor. The history behind our items is the driving force to create such authentic and quality replicas. Knowing the amount of hard work and dedication that went into model ships and nautical decor in the past, we see our products as a tribute to the quality nautical products of the ages. To this end, our professional artisans work long hours to create a product that you are satisfied with. In addition to crafting quality models, customers with even the most frugal budgets are welcome to Handcrafted Model Ships, where you will find nautical decor items such as bosun boatswain whistles for lower than retail.

History

The bosun boatswain whistle is a nautical key chain that is very important in the long line of nautical tradition. The bosun boatswain is one of the oldest nautical innovations, recorded first in use by Greek and Roman slave drivers. Using the bosun boatswain whistle, Greek and Roman slave drivers would keep their slaves aboard ship in sync while they paddled. Also, the bosun whistle was used during the Crusades as a call to arms for crossbowmen. In the modern era, the boatswain whistle is symbolic of nautical tradition, and as such is granted to officers in the British and American navies.

Importance

The bosun boatswain whistle is also known as a boatswain pipe. To this day, Captains still use the shrill sound of the bosun whistle to form their crews. The bosun whistle is important for its traditional importance. The term Boatswain comes from the English language, dating back to 1450. Boatswain is derived from batswegan, an Old English term meaning “young man” or “servant”. The term bosun has been identified since 1868. A bosun is an unlicensed crew member aboard a merchant ship. The boatswain is a supervisor of the rest of the unlicensed members, and has duties involving crewing.

Authentic Replicas

Handcrafted Model Ships produces bosun boatswain whistles as authentic representations of the traditional nautical instrument. Each of the bosun boatswain whistles made by Handcrafted Model Ships is completely functional. Blowing into the whistle produces a very shrill like sound that is definitely noticeable as a call to attention.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships makes authenticity and quality its goal, setting it as the most reliable retailer on the internet. Each nautical decor item is made from the finest materials, such as Shisham (a rare high quality wood similar in texture to teak), solid polished brass, and even mirror-like chrome finishes. All of our items are meticulously worked on by professional handicraftsmen. Handcrafted Model Ships is happy to be able to sell you quality products for well below the retail average. If you are looking for nautical decor products such as the instruments of the bosun and boatswain, then you have come to the right place!

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