Friday, June 3, 2016

Big and small

©2016 Barry Smith - Lovely rust and patina on the light bracket
My artwork today included: making a small mounting block for a meditation cross; and starting two large Artisan Lamps (free standing floor lamps).

The cross mountains block was for my father in law to be used this weekend as a focal point for a larger group of Christian mediators. Graham wanted it to be simple and to use some recycled materials (wood and brass).

©2016 Barry Smith - Agreed sketch and the material for the mount - my timber was an off cut of Hairy Oak and the cross is made from Olive Tree from Jerusalem
©2016 Barry Smith - Mount made with centre brass rod that will hold the cross
The final product worked out well and was picked up this afternoon.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Cross in place -= I drilled a hole up the centre

I started the two large lamps by dismantling all the unnecessary bits and gluing on a threaded brass section that will be used to bolt the lamp to its stand.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Vintage car light housing - stripped back - ready for mounting pieces, light fittings and polishing 
©2016 Barry Smith  - Brass plumbers pieces glued to the car light mounting bracket
Preparation for the lamps always takes longer than one thinks - but in the end it will be worth it.

Fiona and I are off to the opening of a printmakers exhibition this evening. We don't have any work in it but a few of our friends do - always good to support artist friends.


  1. barry, these are all so wonderful. you do each medium it's due service with your intelligence, your relating to the recipient and a knowledge of each medium and project that allows each one's intention to shine. that is one thing i find so inspiring about your work. it declares itself, never muddied or confused in its message.

  2. The cross is beautiful, Barry, and the Hairy Oak is perfectly chosen. As for your lamps - I love watching your process.. I know they will be wonderful!

  3. That Hairy Oak is stunning... its great in slab form and I love the similar but different qualities of grains between the cross wood and the mount. What kind of wood is the cross?


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