Chester Orne Article
Improves On Handy By MARK W HKNNBS9T Here's an improvement on the handr Yankee from Maine who can do anything with a jacknife ThU one makes} hu own jacknives 1 He's Chester OrnÂ»Â» 06 former marine engineer Ome has two hobbies, ship model making and oil painting He's good at both, as numerous examples in his Boothbay. Harbor home testify And he never had a lesson in either hobby "That man can do anything." said Quest W Pilman local contractor contractor who emplovs Orne as a painter The former marine engineer has made v -but a half dozen models That's enough to show his natural skill to advantage ' Idle hands don t make for happiness," happiness," said Orne,-* widower It's kind of nice to sit down and do ball that provides the lignum- vitae from which he painstakingly painstakingly fashions tiny blocks for rigging With his jacknife -- handle and blade by Ome -- he makes realistic appearing anchors of lead with wooden stocks And tiny steering wheels of mahogany Never Never satisfied, Orne tries to make each model better than Its predecessor predecessor As an amateur painter in oils. Orne can reproduce just about any picture--he sees He's good on sailing vessels and battleships, and seascapes, with a natural eve for line, perspective and color. "I just mix what I think is right and put it on.' is Omes somettune especially in Winter modest explanation of his talent Orne began w,th a model of it's just another hobbj to nan the famed clipper Sovereign of Had he made, a start 25 or 30 the Seas. The privateer Lark fol- years ago, he would te quite a lowed, then the fishing schooner painter today * Bluenose and another full-rigger.. Orne has sailed in the engine Hearing completion "on the ways" rooms of Kennebec River steam- at his home is another Bluenose. ers an 8.000-ton collier, and Cy- with a model of Captain Bligh's rus K Curbs" jaeht Lyndonia, storied Bounty due to follow Jonce familiar in Maine waters Working from blueprints, Orne Much of his engine room service makes everything -on his models, was on the Kennebec steamers including the hulls What Pilman Island and Virginia He was the meant in remarking that Orne Virginia's chief engineer when she can do anything is demonstrated made her last run to Aueusta be- by the former engineer"s_skiH fore Bath became the Kennebec in adapting an old bowling ball terminal of steamboat service out to his purpose It is a discarded 'of Boothbay Harbor MAINE HANDY MAN-That's Chester Orne, BoothbaTÂ«Â«bor, sunroun|ed by aThe studies partly finished model of fishing schooner Bluenose.jKodel fleet he includes full-rigged ship; left, privateer Lark, right foreground, and ~ rt /*^ right background Behind Ome are two of his oil paintings, Portland Breakwater training ship Ranger, left, and an old New Hampshire homestead, right.