Graham Johnston - Model Boats
The first craftsperson found for this new area of the website was Graham Johnston, a retired ship agent who has carried a passion for boats of all kinds into his retirement. Our initial thought was to find artists interested in taking painting commissions so Graham was an unanticipated discovery. He makes beautiful custom built models with an extraordinary attention to detail in a tiny workshop beside his house overlooking the loch goil.
I met Graham on a sunny October afternoon and spent probably longer than was polite gazing at the many examples of his workmanship.
One of the many small details that struck me about Grahams models was that he actually uses fine sail cloth for the sails. This material has more rigidity than the limper fabrics used on many models and really left me with the impression that the boats could be under sail.
Add to this the hand turned tiny winches, accurate rigging and other details down to the individually planked decking, and you have a potential memento or gift second only to the boat itself.
Given all this I would have expected Grahams models to be very expensive, so I was somewhat surprised to hear that his custom 'one off' half hulls start at £120 & full hull replicas range from £250
for an open boat like a Piper O.D. or a Flying Fifteen
to around £400 for larger cruisers and ships.
If you'd like to discuss your potential project with Graham, a very friendly and approachable chap, please call, e-mail or visit his website using the details below
E-mail: classiccraft at aol.com