SCREAM SHOE! The Tragic Story Of A Worm Shoe.


As you might expect I have turned my little issue on the rocks into a Objet d’art. I call it SCREAM SHOE, the story of pain and misery while being thrust on the rocks after spending it’s life drowning under water. With one purpose in life, to protect her Keel. She will sacrifice her life for worms and rot, and sadly Scream Shoe’s life was cut short in last weeks mishap.

SCREAM SHOE. Didn’t think you could feel sorry for a worm shoe did ya?

BUT, she shall live on, as a reminder and work of art on board as a statement of resiliency, and homage to her builders.

I made this! It was easy, I was driving the boat at the time

The contrast of crushed copper, with the oak grain violently thrashed across her brow.

Would look fantastic blown up large in your house. Until she gets home.

Her exposed empty nail holes paint a tragic end. A hollow cry for help, and yet proud to save the ship.


And thus proof in the wisdom of Hector Urquhart and his famous quote. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

5 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Put it on eBay with a huge price tag. Now that you know where the rocks are you can always make more.

  2. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Frame it! It’s a good conversation piece and some really will believe it is a work of art.

  3. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    WoodyGal has the right idea. Float it in a shadowbox frame. Use a photo of Sweet Pea for the background – maybe one of those from the marine railway.

  4. don danenberg
    don danenberg says:

    Yes.., but call it what it really is; Copper Sheathing !

    Copper Sheathing is nailed to the planking, to hold in place Irish Felt, soaked in TAR.

    The TAR is what discourages Toredo Worms, and other marine borers from getting in to your keel and bottom planking. The Felt is just a matrix to hold the Tar from washing away.

    The Copper Sheathing (generally 16/oz/ft2) holds them both from being washed away.
    After years (well., Nautical Miles), the force of the moving water causes the Copper surface to look like ‘shrinkled skin’.

    On the KEEL, and KEEL only, a protective planking is laid OVER the Copper Sheathing.
    This is called a “WORM SHOE”; It protects the fragile Copper Sheathing from occasional grounding near port.

    Traditionally, this “Worm Shoe” was a tropical hardwood like Purple-Heart, Green-Heart, Teak, or such that worms and bugs did Not eat into. A little boat like Sweet Pea might have been 5/4″.

    More than just evening Google.., You should study the files on this at the Mariners’ Museum, I did 35-years ago.
    There is very much there.

  5. Chug-A-Lug
    Chug-A-Lug says:

    looks kinda like the front fender on my 69 Dodge Charger that I wrapped around a tree some 40 years ago

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