Model boat builder from Sri Lanka

Posted By on September 15, 2009

Tuanie IsmailThis model boat is build by Tuanie Ismail from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka .

This one tenth scale model of an ancient Galleon (wreak) was made for the Dutch Maritime Museum In Galle  Sri Lanka .

That famous merchant ship Avondster sank off the southern coast in the 17th century.

As you can see, making such model boats is an extremely intricate process. Model makers need to have the patience of a player, combined with the dexterity of pianist, in order to put together these beautiful boats.
Being based on a real historic vessel, there is also a great deal of accuracy required within the construction. To create models such as the one pictured below requires a great degree of knowledge and skill.

The whole story of his work can be read here .

And the whole building process can be seen here on YouTube.

The Avondster

The Avondster

The Avondster

The Avondster

And the cross section is made separately for educational purposes .

cross section

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8 Responses to “Model boat builder from Sri Lanka”

  1. Manel Wanasinghe says:

    Hi Tuani,

    This is fantastic. Nice to be a friend of a talented and famous guy.

    Manel W

  2. Manel says:

    Hi Manel,
    Nice to hear from you, Thanks for the compliments. I am now based in Oman, in charge of the model making section in the Jewel of Muscat project.

  3. nigel devaney says:

    This talent is a gift from god,,,,,hello,im nigel from in india now working in dubai,i really love your art work,,,i love collecting and making the miniatures of boats,ships, i also collect coins,currencies,antiques,newspapers,,,,thanks sharing ur art ,,,after seeing some pictures of ur art i got an idea,,,,with that idea i will continue my work(art) once i go to india for my vacation,,,,

  4. Vinith Alwis says:

    Hi Tuani

    It is really nice to see all the fantastic work you do. I had the pleasure to work with you at Constellation Yachts in Trinco and thank you for introducing me to Jim Mills in Sarecens Interios in Colombo . Thats nearly 30years ago. Now I am with my family in UK in London.
    Kind regards
    Vinith Alwis

  5. Randy Sirois says:

    The work you have done here, could use more detail. stained glass windows rope work,and some other serious detail.I have been doing wood work for 48 years myself. I extreamly admire your talent; and patience to produce a georgous item for artists of your typr to enjoy. in my websight, on page two you will find a hand carved Harley Davidson. It is smaller, 18 inches it is in Harley Davidsons personal meuseum. Owned by Willie G. Davidson .at the top of my home page, you will find the word Carvings. Click on it I hope you enjoy my work as well,I am handicap Keep producing this wonderfull work .God has given you a talent, have the patience to do your best.

    Randy Sirois/Excalibur 7 Wood

    • Tuanie Ismail says:

      Hi Randy,
      Thanks for your comments, sorry I took so long to reply. Yes, I now see that there is so much more I could have done to improve the model of the Avondster. I was in fact pressurized by the people who commissioned me to build the model. I had to complete building the model in four months. without any drawing or details (only a few illustrations) off a book. So I have to imagine,
      design, do the woodwork,rig and do all that was expected of a galleon of that age.
      I have seen your work and I am a admirer of your work. I’m so glad we got in touch having common interest. I am now based in Oman building models of traditional wooden boats for the proposed Maritime museum here.
      Hope you are continuing your wonderful work, and all’s well with you.
      Best Regards,

  6. Tuanie Ismail says:

    Hi Nigel,
    Thanks for the kind comments posted. I am sorry I took so long to reply. I am now based in Oman. In charge of a section of a traditional boatbuilding yard, building indigenous wooden models for the proposed Maritime Museum in Oman. It is a dream job of a person like me. I have learnt more things being here. In fact I feel I can improve so much more on the Avondster I have made in Sri Lanka.
    Hope you are still interested in doing what you proposed to start when you get back home.
    Best Regards,

  7. Maxwell Eliyathamby says:

    Hi Tuanie (Tony), this is a master piece by yourself. I recall working with you at Constellation Yachts, China Bay in 1977/1978. Going back to those days you loved your wood craft work & walked around the boatyard with a block of wood & a chisel. I last met you in late 1983 at your Panadura/Moratuwa residence. I see Vinith Alwis has made a posting too from London & I dearly would like to establish contact with him. I am domiciled in Melbourne. Keep up your passion for wooden Boat/Yacht models. Cheers….Maxwell Eliyathamby (Melbourne)

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