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Biographical Sketch of John Fox III

  
   
      John was born in 1951on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Sheboygan, WI. He lived and worked in Sheboygan until graduating high school in 1969. He attended his only further schooling at a private technical institute where he got a Certificate of Proficiency in architectural drafting in 1971. He worked in Sheboygan for a few years, during which time he also got married. 

     About one year after tech school graduation John built his first model ship since childhood days. It was a Revelle's plastic kit model of the Constitution. In the following years he became heavily involved in drawing pen and ink sketches of sailing ships and built a number of plastic kits as models for sketching. John was encouraged by family and friends to do more of the pen and ink sketching on a professional level and sell his work. He also decided to take the plunge and work with wooden model kits, as the sketching demanded more detailed knowledge of the ships themselves. John became enamoured with working with the wood, as opposed to the plastic, and found that it was far more dimensionally stable and not nearly as difficult as he had imagined it would be to work with. 

     In 1981 John left his last permanent job and with his wife moved to Rice Lake, WI.  At this time he started Lothlorien Crafts & Design, which is his modeling and design business. While working with the wooden models of old sailing ships John became so enthralled with the model building that he started building the models to sell, rather than just as models for sketching work. He built a few kits, but found that scratch-building ship models was far more interesting and he learned a lot more. 

     John's first exposure to ship in bottle models came when his wife brought home a book on the subject from the library. His work with ship in bottle models has continued improving and evolving over the years.   In 1986 John was approached by the editor of Model Ship Builder Magazine and encouraged to write a magazine article on his techniques and methods for building his ship in bottle models. Since that time he has had many articles published in Model Ship Builder Magazine and The Bottle Shipwright, the Journal of the Ship In Bottles Association of America. 

     John did make some changes in his ship in bottle model work, as opposed to more standardized ship in bottle models, in that he prefers to show the entire hull of the ship being modeled. John feels that the part of the hull below the waterline was an important feature and should be shown. John's ship in bottle models are far more like standard static display models, only in a bottle.

     Almost all of John's models, both static display and ship-in-bottle, are very detailed, exact scale models of actual vessels. Where ever possible he works from established plans of the ships, usually using his computer and CAD software to redraft the plans into digital form.

      John and his wife, Jane, moved to a home located five miles outside of Birchwood, Wisconsin, in 1988. In 2004, John & Jane moved to Ladysmith, Wisconsin, where John continues to work on his models.

     John has won well over twenty awards for his models at model ship building competitions since 1987. In 1997 one of his USS Constitution ship in bottle models was on display for the entire summer at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, MA. In April of 1998 one of his "Susie S." ship in bottle models was purchased by the Director of Client Services for United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. The model was purchased as a corporate gift to be given to Mr. Kevin Costner. John is also proud to announce that one of his "Newsboy" s-i-b models is prominently displayed on the cover of a published book, by author Avner Shats of Haifa, Isreal. Since a character in the book has a hobby of building ship-in-bottle models, the "Newsboy" cover fits right in. The book is being published in Isreal, and only in Hebrew. The book's title is "Sailing To The Sunset".  Four of John's models were rented and used as props during the filming of the movie "The Deep End" in 2000. John was most honored to have one of his "USS Constitution" in gallon jug models on display for the Masterpiece's In Miniature Exhibit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. John was asked to contribute to a new exhibit, with the same name, at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, from September of 2009-July of 2010. For this second Masterpieces exhibit John has provided his "BonHomme Richard" in light bulb model.


     When John isn't working on his model ships he can be found sailing his 16' Rebel sailboat on local lakes, or fishing for walleye on those same lakes. Relaxing at home finds him playing and singing rock and roll music with either his twelve string or six string electric guitars. 

     John also has alternative uses for his computer besides just writing magazine articles or using CAD software to make the ship plans for his models. He is a fan of offline WWII air combat simulations games.





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