Sunday, November 11, 2018

Developing our skills

©2018 Barry Smith - Stitching sections together around the tapes
Fiona and I have just spent two days at a bookbinding workshop with the Queensland Bookbinders Guild. I had done some bookbinding many many years ago. So really for both of us it was the opportunity to develop our bookbinding skills which will complement the letterpress work we do with Deckled Edge Press.

Following are a few images from the couple of days

©2018 Barry Smith - Stitching the sections together 
©2018 Barry Smith - Header tape etc glued in place - ready for the cover
©2018 Barry Smith - About to glue the shoulders of the book into the cover (the case)
And a couple of my bound journal which I made from beginning to end on the course.

©2018 Barry Smith - Completed cloth and paper bound journal
©2018 Barry Smith - Detail of the header tape and curve of the spine
©2018 Barry Smith - Fiona's and my journals at home on Fiona's workbench for the glue to fully dry.
It was a great learning experience with generous and skilled teachers.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Three out of ten completed

©2018 Barry Smith - Simple design using the polished yet distressed look of two large industrial cotton reels and an antique bakelite fitting - the lamp is like an installation.
Over the last few days I have been making moves to assemble 10 Artisan Lamps. I'm making ten because that is the number of globe holders I have. The process as you know usually starts with getting a whole heap of potential bits and pieces on the worktable so I can run my eye over them and begin the process of deciding what goes with what.

©2018 Barry Smith - Detail of a section of the table
©2018 Barry Smith - Table full of potential
I had sorted the design of three of the lamps on Thursday afternoon and made a start on two of them. Today I managed to complete three lamps. The photos below show the chosen bits before grinding or sanding and polishing.

©2018 Barry Smith - Mincer disassembled, painted with hammerlock paint and bits to be polished
©2018 Barry Smith - Reels after a coat of hammerlook paint that was then in the main sanded off.
©2018 Barry Smith - Quite a bit of work on the door lock; and heaps of trouble drilling out the top section of the antique gas-light fitting. Who knew there would be a valve at that very right angle. 
Photos of the completed three - including new electrical cords and globes.

©2018 Barry Smith - Love the simplicity of this Artisan Lamp.
©2018 Barry Smith - Industrial look of the mincer based Artisan Lamp
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©2018 Barry Smith - The lamp brings together the antique gas-light fitting, a vintage lock and some gas welding tips. I think I will replace the globe with a small round number.
©2018 Barry Smith
As you can see these lamps focus on the strengths of some of the pieces like the mincer in one; the large industrial cotton reels; and the antique gas light fitting. A good feeling to complete these today.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Ladles - hammered bowls meet twisted brass rods

©2018 Barry Smith - Riveted patch on the rim of one of the ladle bowls
Over the weekend I managed to start and finish a stash of small ladles - 9 in fact.

One of the things I like about the ladles is taking some pretty ordinary silver-plated metal and being able to form shallow vessels from it; and then bring out the beauty with hammering; grinding and polishing.

©2018 Barry Smith - 8 hammered shallow bowls ready for grinding and polishing
©2018 Barry Smith - First grind and polish on the wheel
©2018 Barry Smith - After last hand polish is complete
I surprised myself with the making and riveting of the solid brass rod handles I managed to do this task in about 2.5hours.

©2018 Barry Smith - Twisted brass rod for ladle handles
©2018 Barry Smith _ Handles - twisted, hammered, drilled for rivets and ground
And the ladles looked good when they were assembled - hammered vessels meet the twisted brass handles.

©2018 Barry Smith - Handles riveted to ladle bowls
©2018 Barry Smith - The three odd ones
Just a last bit of a grind to ensure that none of the rivets sit proud and then they are ready for market.

Friday, November 2, 2018

A whole lot of grinding

©2018 Barry Smith - Bunch of leaf-spoons on worn timber in late afternoon light
I didn't get a lot of time in the garage-studio today because of community commitments.

I did get to finish the stash of Leaf-spoons. When I was over at the grinding-polishing bench I realised that there was quite a bit of work and maybe skill in taking the rough fold-formed leaf-spoons and turning them into beautiful smooth objects.

I asked Fiona to take a 10 second video of the grinding wheel and a little bit of the process. But of course I could not load it in its uncompressed format; and life is too short to spend too much time on such matters. See my Facebook page for the video.

Anyway after a couple of hours of grinding and polishing the stash of Leaf-spoons emerge.

©2018 Barry Smith - Bunch of leaf-spoons on work bench in late afternoon light
©2018 Barry Smith - Bunch of leaf-spoons on worn timber in late afternoon light
A good outcome for the day. Now I seriously think it is time to get some pizza and red wine happening.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Blossoms on the block

©2018 Barry Smith - One of Graham's beauties
I didn't get time to walk Treehaven Way this morning as Fiona and I were on taxi duty taking Fiona's dad Graham to the airport. It seems we are playing tag in regard to the cottage in Scotland. Graham is off to experience a Scottish winter in the cottage. I'm glad we upgraded the heating.

Since we have been back quite a bit of energy has gone into getting control of the bigger veggie garden and the rest of the block - we must have good soil as the weeds grew heaps. The upside is that the flowers on the block also grew heaps including some of Graham's orchids that reside at our place and our crucifix orchids.

So below is a bit of a mixed bag of the blossoms on the block including quite a few of our crucifix orchids.

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©2018 Barry Smith  - A new white crucifix plant has flowered
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©2018 Barry Smith  - Love the whiteness of this gardenia
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©2018 Barry Smith  - Almost white rose
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©2018 Barry Smith  - A swamp orchid - only been in the ground for less than a year
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©2018 Barry Smith  - Micro flowers 
©2018 Barry Smith  - And there were a few waratahs to be picked.
I hope to get back to my Treehaven Walk soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A bunch of leaf form spoons

©2018 Barry Smith - Rust and recycled silver-plate
I didn't get as much time to work on product over the weekend as I planned. It turned out that Fiona and I needed to put a bit of time into taking our wooden letterbox apart and replacing it with a firmer cement one as we found on Friday that wood rot had taken over the one that sat there for 10 years.

Anyway I did manage to get 14 Leaf Tea Caddy Spoons completed. A few process photos follow.

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©2018 Barry Smith
They need a final polish; and some swing tags attached before they can go to market. Hmmm!! That means I need to call on our resident calligrapher to do some swing tags for me. I need to break that to Fiona gently.

©2018 Barry Smith - Almost totally trashed brass polishing wheel on a rusted rectangular washer