Friday, September 2, 2016

Avian fonts finished

©2016 Barry Smith - Section of font bowl contrasting with the rust-bank table
Some time ago I posted on some fonts I was making. I reflected on the fact that some folk suggested they were really birdbaths. Velma suggested that they could be called avian fonts - I like that so that is what they are - Avian Fonts.

I got to finish the bowls of both and attached them to the rusted supports I had attached to the posts. I needed to plug the holes that were in the centre of the metal (bottoms of old jardinieres); so I riveted centre pieces in on both sides of the plate. The bowls retain their hammer marks and some patina.

©2016 Barry Smith - Copper riveted to the outside of font bowl
©2016 Barry Smith - Brass riveted to the inside of font bowl
©2016 Barry Smith - Fractured bowl in need of repair
©2016 Barry Smith - Riveted insert - 0n the grinding bench

©2016 Barry Smith - Riveted repair - on the rust-bank table
I also added some squares of brass from an old tray I cut us some time ago too protect the top of the posts and add another design element.

©2016 Barry Smith - Brass piece to protect the top of the post
And the fonts look goo with the water in them and in the landscape.

©2016 Barry Smith - Avian Font in the landscape

©2016 Barry Smith - Two Avian Fonts in the landscape
They are ready now for sale.  No I'm off to have a Friday afternoon beer at our new boutique brewery with Fiona's brother who is visiting this weekend.

©2016 Barry Smith - Hammered brass on hammered brass


  1. Gorgeous avian fonts! These are fantastic. I really like your inspired riveted repair.

  2. Avian fonts! What next, canine boudoirs?

  3. Lucky the birds who get to cavort in these avian fonts, Barry! They are stunning! I love the riveted mend on the broken bowl, too.

  4. Hi R, AA, JM & C - thanks for checking out the fonts and your encouraging comments.. AA & C - the riveted repair certainly gives the font a sense of age and past use; and as you say it gives an added design feature!!! JM - do you think that canines would like a rusty or brass shelter??? All - go well. B

  5. They look stunning, are you really going to sell them? They look perfect where they are.


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