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 Like your first novel your first metal sword should probably not be published, but it is the one you will cherish, flaws and all.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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Canopy lock

When I bought my Ford Bantam pickup it came with the standard canopy. The canopy locks at the sides of the lid with two slide clasps. If you pull handle in the center of the lid hard, it could be possible to bend the and pop it open. To prevent this I needed a lock that would secure the center of the lid. There are no such clasps on the market, so I made one that would lock the center and operate the existing side clasps. 
The base of the clasp was salvaged from a Mazda Etude's boot clasp. The clasp anchors to the tailgate with a custom anchor. 
It took hours of designing, measuring, fitting, welding and shaping to get done. 

Form the outside the canopy looks no different.

The existing side sliding clasp

The clasp anchor attached to the tailgate

I kept the plastic cover of the original boot clasp.
The clasp can be operated from within the canopy with a handle

The final product

Tuesday, November 4, 2014