During our last trip to Mauritius, my husband thought of a treat for us. We had seen model ships in museums and in the homes of some of our family members. He thought it would be an interesting experience to go and visit the factory and see how they are made. The model ship factory we visited is situated in Curepipe and is called Comajora. At the factory, they create 130 different model ships in 6 sizes – and they are all made by hand.
As we walked towards the factory entrance, we watched a man sanding the bases of the ships. It was as we entered, though, that we realised how delicate the work is that these people do. Each piece is made and glued together by hand: pieces that are minute and made to scale.
Patience is required as each item is cut, glued and then sanded.
Even the making of the sails is slow and intricate work.
Each person has their own job to do on the factory line. Once they have done their part, they set aside the ship and pick up the next one.
Slowly each step is done so that nothing is broken.
As in every factory, each person has their place on the floor at which they do their particular task.
As we were watching the people work, I noticed the focus and concentration they had while doing their task. Fingers need to be nimble as they work with the small pieces.
Tasks are done working in the natural light that streams through the window. Even though we visited during the winter, the sunlight was strong and helped the workers clearly see the small pieces they were working with.
Each person’s work station looked different. This one was the station of the person sewing the masts for all the model ships.
As we approached the almost completed product, I was struck again by how intricate the work is and was impressed by the models standing before me.
No part of the model was left incomplete. The last person in the factory line completed the finishing touches:
After visiting the factory, we went to the factory’s showroom and small museum. The models were beautiful and we spent a lot of time browsing and looking at them.
We had to, of course, bring one of the model ships home with us. It now graces one of our shelves in the living area, reminding us of our visit to the factory and of a wonderful morning we had spent together.
Do you enjoy looking at model ships?
(This post was inspired by this week’s prompt provided by Jake)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013