Reviews and Client Testimonials

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'John: thanks so much for your wonderful craftsmanship on the HMS Bounty. Your repairs have her looking good as new - and I can't tell you how much I appreciated you taking the time to do it right the first time!'

Will Orr
Toronto, Canada

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'We have finally unpacked her and I have to say she is stunning!!! The pictures you sent didn't do her justice! Wow! We are all totally blown away. Thank you so so much!'

Rachel Kaziewicz
Cambridgeshire, England

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'Finally got down to Florida to see your fantastic model of Amazing Grace-- "Exceeds all expectations!" Many thanx for a truly superb execution of my Bruckmann Blue Star 29.9.'

Frank Partel
Vero Beach, Florida United States

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'The custom model of our Morgan 384 is absolutely breathtaking. Even though I saw the progress via the photos you sent me, the finished piece is truly unbelievable. My husband was very, very happily surprised.'

Stacey Phinney
Baltimore, Maryland United Stated

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'John, thank you again for applying your fine skill, dedication and efforts to our SS Newfoundland project. It was a great success and we are thrilled by your result.'

Bill Furlong
Mississauga, Ontario Canada

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'I'm speechless, John. And for me, that doesn't happen often! It is absolutely beautiful. You are truly a craftsman.'

Brian Smith
Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

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'Arrived in perfect condition. Great Job. Thank you for all your work.'

Butch Richards
Johnson Yachts, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States

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'The HMS Diana arrived safe and sound today! The ship is simply, well...there are no words to describe how delighted I am with the finished museum quality work! She is absolutely beautiful and the craftmanship is above and beyond expectations! I can tell you the ship was well worth the wait.'

Cameron DeMarco
El Cajon, California United States

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'My wife and I brought you a very tired ship model made by her father when he was in the Navy. Not only was the model looking tired, but very dirty and with sails rotted away, plus a bag of parts that had fallen off over the years. We hoped it might be brought back to something good enough to give to our son, who was named after his grandfather and is also serving in the Navy. You returned something so wonderful we could hardly believe our eyes. Your creative restoration is absolutely wonderful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.'

Charles and Sue Nairn
Detroit, Michigan United States

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'Your models are prominently displayed in our shop window and command a lot of attention.'

Chong Sanne
Lotus International Luxury Yachts Pte Ltd. Sentosa Cove, Singapore

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'It is here! And it is beautiful! There is absolutely no damage, and I am absolutely satisfied! Thanks.'

Faber Tan
Palo Alto, California United States

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'For anyone even remotely thinking of having a replica ship built, you will find none better than John Andela at the Art of Age of Sail. You get honesty, integrity and confidence in investment. You get exceptional research into authenticity of every part of the vessel. The detail in workmanship in everything from planking to paint is perfect. All this takes alot of hours, weeks and months. BUT the work of art is worth the wait. Simply Fabulous!'

Harold Mills
Bowmanville, Ontario Canada

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'I was the one that asked John to do the HMS Ontario. The project took over a year, but was well worth the wait. A fairly small scale model (1:64), but John's attention to the "smallest" detail is extraordinary. And his sense of humour is second-to-none! As far as I know, this is the first model of the HMS Ontario based on the actual, recently discovered wreck. Truly a work of Art, worthy of a centre stage place in any Maritime Museum. Many, many thanks...'

Ian Johnston
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Canada

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'I was very impressed with this model that you did for friends of mine. As the former owner of this vessel, it was a joy for me to see the detail and authenticity, truly amazing! I forwarded photographs of the model to some of my sailing friends and now we all want one of our respective sailboats! '

John Welch
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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'Just a quick note to express how incredibly impressed I am with the model. It is just amazing. Thanks ever so much for your professional work on every detail.'

Ken Marshall
St. John's, Newfoundland Canada

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'Mark and I are both very impressed. It's really very good.'

Mark Ellis Design
Oakville, Ontario Canada

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'I just unpacked it and it looks great. I don't know how you can part with your finished pieces. The sails have just the right amount of aging and the ship looks "Ship Shape" The workmanship is impressive as well as the rigging. Final inspection is a big PASS.'

Mark Fradkin
San Francisco, California United States

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Wow!!!! The yacht looks fantastic!!!! You are a very skilled craftsman.

Mark McGough
Collierville, Tennessee United States

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'It's a beautiful model. Thank you for a job well done.'

Marty Bloom
Beverly Hills, California United States

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'I like the model very much. Congratulations!'

Robert A. Nihon
Montreal, Quebec Canada

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'Spectacular C&C 40 model. Your model is truly artful in its detail and proportion. I think your work is stunning.'

Sheldon Seigel
British Columbia, Canada

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'Well, I'm speachless. Your art, for that is what it is, is beautiful!!! Thank you so much for everything. My father is going to be beyond thrilled.'

Stacy Schmetterer
Vineyard Haven, Massachusets United Stated

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'My Husband LOVED the boat and it was a great surprise! It worked out exactly how I planned and his reaction was as I'd hoped - a VERY unique gift! Everyone is impressed and it looks wonderful up on the mantel.'

Susan Fekete
Pickering, Ontario Canada

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'I compare your models to replicas of the interested boats that I saw recently at the boat show in Genova – big difference!'

Tamilla Nagieva
World Yachting Group, Moscow Russia

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'The ship is simply spectacular and now graces the top of the credenza behind my desk for all to admire'

Ted Rogers
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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