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Ship's Wheel, Marine hardware, 2007; Bob Fuller (b. 1961); Halifax, Massachusetts; Wood and brass fittings; 36 1/4 in. diam. x 4 7/8 in.; Collection of Bob Fuller, South Shore Boatworks; Photography by Jason Dowdle
Ship's Wheel, Marine hardware, 2007
Bob Fuller (b. 1961)
Halifax, Massachusetts
Wood and brass fittings
36 1/4 in. diam. x 4 7/8 in.
Collection of Bob Fuller, South Shore Boatworks
Photography by Jason Dowdle
Gurnet Point 25; Half-hull ship model; 2005; Bob Fuller (b. 1961); Wood; Collection of Bob Fuller, South Shore Boatworks
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Bob Fuller
Plymouth, MA
Web Site
Bob Fuller may be Massachusetts' only hand-turned ship's wheel maker. Bob turns the mahogany spokes on a lathe. A minimum of five coats of varnish is required to achieve this high-gloss finish. He builds wheels around a bronze-plated hub decorated with engraving. He has been crafting them since 1977 and describes his wheels this way, "Some people have considered it to be a piece of furniture. But I look at a ship's wheel as being far more than a piece of furniture . . . furniture isn't made to stand up on the ocean in a really harsh environment. A ship's wheel needs to perform."
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