Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Put a handle on a hatchet

A while back I bought a hatchet sheath at a flea-market. A couple of weeks ago I found a handle less hatchet that fit into the sheath. I decided to put an oak wooden handle on it.

Two blanks where cut out of 20mm thick oak

The hatchet shaft where drawn and groves cut into the blanks

The hatchet's rust was cleaned off with a wire brush

Holes was drilled through the shaft and wooden blanks to fit two copper pins.
All the parts was assembled with two part epoxy 

The handle was clamped and left over night

The handle got shaped

Final sanding was done with fine sanding paper and lastly by hand.

Varnish got added

Steel wool finished off the varnish and then some linseed oil.
The sheath got a coating of leather polish and we are done.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to line a helmet

A friend asked me to line the inside of his gyrocopter helmet with leather. He wanted the Styrofoam inside of the helmet to be lined with fake leather that he provided. The leather had to be glued in place and would not be stitched together.

To do this I marked the helmet's symmetry line and covered one half with masking tape. The tape was removed, cut open and pasted on paper to form the pattern for half of the lining. Flip the pattern over for the other half.  The two sides of the helmet's lining was cut. This was then pasted in sections using leather contact cement that I use for making shoes. The gluing order of the sections had to be tested. The whole section could not be glued at once as you would not have control over it. Only part of a section was glued at a time to ensure the best possible fit.

The uncovered helmet

Half of the helmet covered in masking tape

The leather cut according to the pattern

The first section tested the gluing order.

With the gluing order tested, the rest of the sections could be added.

And we are done. Ready for shipping

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Box cross

A couple of years ago my wife and I worked together to make a gift for a friend of ours. At the time we were infatuated with the work of Piet Mondrian. The end product was a wooden box that opened and fouls out to form a cross. The outside is mosaic and the inside decoupaged. Like the religious icons from Russia the inside is rich gold while the outside has a cynical toughness.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AK47 -found objects

I made an AK47 out of found objects. The idea is to make an object that represent the gun's interface, weight and size. For the build I used plywood off cuts and objects I found in second hand bins. I tried not to make it look exactly like the gun. The cocking, safety and trigger had to work. The magazine had to be removable and the whole thing had to be made from found objects. This is the result:

Blank cut out of 19mm plywood

Lead sinkers added the weight

The body is clad in galvanized plate.

The magazine can be removed

The safety and cocking

Threaded bar, electric lugs and painted wood make up the barrel assembly

The magazine clip

The left side of the gun

The "makers" logo

Final gun

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Boots for my Uncle

The past month I made a second pair of boots for my uncle. Here are some highlights. I adjusted the pattern of the previous pair.  You can view them here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The operating manual for not quitting

98% of students do not continue making art 5 years after school

The operating manual for not quitting

  1. Make friends with other artists and share in-progress work with your friends frequently
  2. When making art, think of your friends as its destination and not of art galleries

When you hear the music you play it will never sound as good as the music in your head. This will never change.

"Art and fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" by David Bayles, Ted Orland
Via BlinkPopShift

Monday, November 24, 2014

Your first sword

Everybody must make a sword. Most people's swords will be the stick they picked up with which they beat trees and stones. Some move on to better shaped pieces wood. Few graduate to actual metal blades. Like your first novel your first metal sword should probably not be published, but it is the one you will cherish, flaws and all.

This is mine. The blade is made from leaf spring steel and the wood is a South American yellow wood. The blade was heated several times to bend it straight and not re-tempered. The handle is held on by a metal peg. The patterns on the hilt is scrimshawed. The guard is thin stainless steal and a aluminium block. 

The Stainless Steel find

I got this lot at a flea market for R50

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Model airplane - Part 1

Now is the time to build all those things you did not have money or skill for as a child. I bought six small model airplane kits on sale in Berlin. They were a straightforward build. The only downside is that the parts are very small and I don't think the glue was the right type, but it worked in the end.
The next part will be paining them, so stay tuned for that!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scavenge a nerv gun

I bought this broken toy at a market. The one clasp broke, so I got it for R10. I ripped it apart and this is what I found inside. That is hours of fun waiting.