Nice work shaping that tiny thing I build a lot of tiny boats using the stacked wood method I use very thin sheets of veneer for it so it looks like planking when shaped and sanded down I stuff those tiny ships in bottles. this method is much easier then hand carving from a block of wood, but I still use that method for certain builds.
Thanks Joe, looking forward to your build log...Eventually I will. I'm trying to get the Black Pearl Built then I have a ship in a bottle Project to do for a friend so once I start that I'll create a build log for it. there is a lot involved in putting a ship in a bottle. I have done it both ways by constructing everything outside of the bottle laying the mast and sails down and then pulling the masts and sails in place with carefully placed rigging line. and I have build an entire ship through the neck of a bottle one piece at a time. that requires specially home made tools. I will dig those out for the build I'll do after the Pearl is complete. some were easy to make and some were not, but I'll do my best to explain how I made the tools as best my memory can its been about 7 years since I made those and used them. I've been more focused on larger ship builds.
When I do stacked wood boats its the same process you used to make the life boat except I use wood veneer instead of the thick wood used on your life boat. I basically draw up a pattern on card stock for each veneer section with each one a little smaller then the last as I near the Keel and then again as I near the rails. so the widest part of the hull is the first veneer sheet I start with. most of the ships I build in bottles have been cutter hull type ships.