Picture of Pirate Ship Helm
Make your living room into the deck of a Pirate Ship starting with with this Pirate Ship Helm - It's great for photo ops during your pirate party.

Step 1: Here's a video of the build process

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i might start off the Jackdaw by making this

drake2213 years ago
nice prop
amberj5 years ago
I'm using your method for constructing a ship's helm for a drama production.
What is the outside & inside diameter of the styrofoam wheel? Center wheel?
mrfoltz5 years ago
Great job...
Who says big kids can't have fun??? LOL
lennyb7 years ago
yarrrrr this is great matey. all ya needs is a bucket o seawater over the rail and yer there.
A million thankyous... we live not far from an historic seaport and do you have any idea how hard it is to find one of these things??? Mate, you have to be joking... they just dont exist anymore. I've no option but to use your idea, but making it out of plywood and blocks of pine and glue n screws n paint
You are an inspiration. thankyou once again
BrianH (author)  frank farrell7 years ago
Thanks - glad you liked it. Let us know how your version of the helm project works out... Take some pictures during construction and post em up!

Your version sounds like it should be more hearty than mine. Good luck

If you get a chance please vote on the video at:

Mate, I must be the photo uploader from hell. I just can not make it happen here !!!!!. BUT if you look for me on FACEBOOK, you will see the pix we took of our helm. Really, I have tried to upload to the Instructables, but it wont do it. OR I have been doing it the wrong way. But Look in facebook. Cheers matey Frank Farrell, Kulin, Western Australia.
Frank, There are 248 Frank (or Francis) Farrells on FACEBOOK. Got a link to your profile? Help! Deb
I did it. I made the instructable. Check it out
all right !!!! I have discovered the magic wand ( lol ) AT LONG LAST I AM SUCCEDING AT UPLOADING MY PICTURES TO THIS SITE YIPPEEE! Still a few to load, but for now I will sleep easier knowing I am on the right track. Will update soon Regards Frank
OK, try this link

Or look for Frank Farrell
Western Australia
dbp4286 years ago
Dude, that is an amazing reproduction especially when you learn it’s made of Styrofoam. And using the rails cut in half is a fantastic idea as well. All in all you made a ships wheel which is really authentic looking out of seemly un-authentic parts. GREAT Job!
KANahas7 years ago
That is awesome! I've always wanted to make one and connect it to a drive, attach a skeleton to it and put some scrim in the background...
G'day shipmates My version of your ship's helm has now been constructed. I used it as a stage prop at my daughter's school graduation ball. My wife and daughter had to take the photos as I am somewhat of a neanderthal when it comes to these things. However.... I managed to load the pictures into my computer and at this point in time am attempting to upload to my site in the Instructibles...avast!!!
Ima_Pirate7 years ago
Yar, I have 18 real ones, but this is great for ya landlubbers who haven't plundered ships.
Sniper Guru7 years ago
This is awesome!