POTC - PIRATA CODEX - The Pirate's Code

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  1. ichabods

    ichabods Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi everyone,
    For the last couple of years I have been working on
    re-creating the POTC PIRATA CODEX. As much as I admired the original prop, I found that the overwhelming size of the actual prop to be too impractical to have around.
    So I have attempted to re-create the Codex on a smaller scale
    as if one that a pirate might have carried himself.

    The text is directly from the original prop.
    The cover is Hardback w/ pig skin.
    The text, graphs, drawings and calligraphy
    are all done by hand.
    The paper is authentic Tapa Parchment made from Coconut Palms.

    So for my fellow Pirates,
    here are a few pics. I hope to add some later as well.

    I look forward to comments, suggestions, questions etc.

    KEEP TO THE CODE

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  2. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    Fantastic job!(y)thumbsup. How are you going to display it?
     
  3. Darth Brass

    Darth Brass Sr Member

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    Gorgeous!
     
  4. ichabods

    ichabods Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you, Thank you.

    I sent one to my son along with a flintlock and several
    other pirate theme items. He has his prominently displayed
    in his cubical (minus the flintlock of course).

    I have my copy at home on my office desk with my POTC
    replicas.

    All feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Here's a few more pics...

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  5. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    She's beautiful. :)

    This is one I've wanted to do as well but never got around to. How many pages did you end up with?
     
  6. ichabods

    ichabods Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There are 40 + pages.

    As each Codex is made by hand, no two books are exactly alike
    (except the Codes, or guidelines as it were).


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    Sorry about the ink on my fingers:rolleyes
    it's a messy job.

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  7. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Certainly awesome work made even more impressive by the fact it's hand made. :thumbsup

    Might have to have a crack at this myself sometime! Until then I'll just look at your pics and smile. :)
     
  8. smordant

    smordant Active Member

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    That is superb, a thing of beauty arrrrrrr.

    Is the text available anywhere?

    Wait, like I need another project on my To Do list!
     
  9. Commander Dan

    Commander Dan New Member

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    Awesome work!
     
  10. SweeneyTodd

    SweeneyTodd New Member

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    That is really impressive! It looks really great. You have a great attention to detail
    How did you see what text was on the original prop?
     
  11. Dragontomb

    Dragontomb Active Member

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    Great work, what an awesome idea for a prop.
     
  12. Fair Play

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    That is awesome!

    I wouldn't even know where to look for all the texts ...

    I always love handmade stuff, it is sooooo much more "authentic" ...
     
  13. ichabods

    ichabods Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you everyone for the kind comments.

    What I had hoped to do was to re-create the Codex
    using what materials were available to a Pirate of
    that time (well, as much as possible). That's why I went with the Pig Skin
    for the cover.

    As for the paper...
    I originally started out with paper parchment but was extremely unhappy
    with the results. It was while I was researching ancient documents that the thought of using papyrus came to me. I decided to make the Codex parchment from coconut palm tapa. The process of turning tapa into parchment takes about a week,
    but I really like the results.

    I'm adding a pic of the Black Pearl today. I took this photo myself and was so happy to have had the opportunity.

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  14. vossart

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    This is a very good job, but don't you think it is a little bit to small? The Codex from the third movie was way bigger.. i think it was something like A2 or a little bit smaler..
     
  15. ichabods

    ichabods Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ya, the original prop was around 2' X 3' and weighed so much that Keith Richards couldn't even lift it. In fact, it was because of that, that original prop was gutted and much of the content removed for the purpose of the scene.

    But as I said in my original post, I felt that it was size of that prop that made it prohibitive for me to have around the house. I like having my Cutlass and Pistol and Letter of Marque and Wig and Maps and Costume etc. But a book THAT LARGE was just too much.

    That's when the idea of having a Codex that an individual might have in his
    trunk would be better than the book for the Brethren Court. Savvy?
     
  16. Sarednab

    Sarednab Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have this book and it is fantastic! Paper, hand witting and all contained extra are really great! Congrats!
     
  17. EagleScout

    EagleScout New Member

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    very nice work, your hard work is evident
     
  18. Csimpson89

    Csimpson89 New Member

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    Ichabod would you sell a copy of your codex if so text me 5304033442
     
  19. Uridium

    Uridium Well-Known Member

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    Lovely work, hand done calligraphy is always beautiful.
     
  20. mrfreddie

    mrfreddie New Member

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    Thing of beauty
     

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