I had also been thinking a lot about how I would frame out the body of the boat, get that even somewhat circular shape around it. Driving to a tag sale one Saturday, I was thinking that maybe Michaels would have basket material that I could bend around it and decided to go there after I hit the sale. (always looking for those odd parts) The first thing I saw in the driveway was a box of hoops, all different sizes, they were embroidery hoops--perfect. I bought the whole box for a song and half of one is what you see in the front of the above picture. More will show up later.
I made a frame for the small front train wheels and attached them to the ship frame. Later that design was totally changed.