My father was a man who was good with his hands, and if nowadays I prefer more my computer, cooking, and reading to working on arts and crafts projects, for a long time I was inseparable from my glue gun and scissors, building always something new. I have tried the difficult task of trawling through my memories to find out when exactly I made an acquaintance with this versatile tool, and failed. Perhaps it was building model airplanes (which did not, it must be confessed, fly), with it that started my introduction to such a method of construction, but by whatever fashion I happened upon the idea of giving form to model sailing ships. For years my garage would play host to a veritable shipyard, for myself and as gifts for others.
Before I continue, I must declare that no, I did not procure the popsicle sticks for my project by eating ice cream. Rather, I (well, my mother, I was a child) bought large boxes of popsicle sticks, 1,000, which alongside paper and hot glue sticks, constituted the principal material for my projects. I would love to say that I could have gotten them from eating popsicles, but I am afraid that I would have soon died of sugar overdose, and worse yet, popsicle sticks from popsicles tend to be discolored. I've scattered some amazon links throughout the article to demonstrate the objects which I used.
Most of the ships I've made have stayed with me, and I have them displayed around my house, on ledges. A lot however, I've given away, as mentioned. I think that some of these have been destroyed, such as some I gave to my elementary school's library, but I'm sure that there are some that still remain out there. I haven't really built any more for the better part of a decade, although I thought I had built one for an art project at my university. However, I cannot find it.
Regardless, I hope that you enjoy the ones displayed below.
Miniature hot glue gun and sticks
It was awfully fun to arrange these together quickly, before the sun went down. Its impressive how many there were really, often it doesn't seem like there is much of something, until one actually comes to the time to arrange them.