For your little pirate/buccaneer
I have to tell you about my dad. He worked for NOAA as a surveyor when he and my mom were first married so he is really into maps and compasses. Prior to his NOAA stint he was in the Navy with the SeaBees. Did I mention his bachelor degree was in civil engineering? And that he is a perfectionist? My dad was definitely the one to call to build this thing!
I should ask him again how he attached the ship wheel to the stand so that it would spin all the way around, but he even inserted a small compass on the top of the stand (you should be able to see it in both pictures). LOVE it! And so did my nephew. We took it over to him the night before his birthday so that he could use it for his birthday party that year since it was a pirate theme - and all his little friends loved it too!
Wow! I can't believe he is going to be 8 this year and that Tips Jr is the same age my nephew was when we gave him this awesome present. I think I need to hit my dad up for some plans to build this thing and make one for TJ - or at least submit them to Ana White!