Sunday, December 17, 2017

About buffalo horn and typewriter restoration

There was not a lot of time spent in the studio-garage over the weekend to do art. In the main the time was given over to the official opening of the Buttress Root sculpture and the gatherings of people.

©2017 Barry Smith - Buffalo horn pendant (about 7cm long and 1.5-2cm wide)
I did get a little time to make a couple of buffalo horn pendants just for fun. One of which is above.

The process started with sawing a piece of rough and very old buffalo horn that was given to me. It originally came from a feral buffalo in the Northern Territory.

©2017 Barry Smith - Sawn slices of buffalo horn
Sawing and sanding the horn needs to be done with a good mask as the fine horn particles are not good for the lungs.

Two of the slices of the horn took on life as pendants after sanding, drilling, adding aluminium and brass studs and black plaited cord.

©2017 Barry Smith - Simple buffalo horn pendant
©2017 Barry Smith - Slender buffalo horn and brass pendant (about 7 cm long and .75cm wide)
I have started an end-beginning of the year clean up in my studio-garage. I rediscovered a couple of vintage typewriters (see photos below) on the the shelves and decided to see if I could bring at least one of them back into working order over the next little while.

©2017 Barry Smith - Old Remington Rand typewriter - rough and rusty - sadly missing a ribbon spool and ribbon
©2017 Barry Smith - Old Imperial typewriter rough and rusty - includes ribbon spools and ribbon
So far all I have done to the typewriters is to give them a good dust off and a couple of liberal sprays with WD40. More on them as the rehabilitation progresses over the next couple of weeks. But are they not just things of beauty in their own right?

Friday, December 15, 2017

In the landscape

©2017 Barry Smith - Sculpture (Buttress Root) in the Little Yabba Creek landscape
The blog is about two very different sculptures: the organ installation on the block; and the Buttress Root sculpture at Little Yabba Creek (LYC).

First the Buttress Root Sculpture. This morning I went to LYC to give the sculpture a clean and the poetry post a paint. Why? The sculpture is being officially opened tomorrow (Saturday). There is to be a community event (11.30am-1.30pm) that celebrates the Pente Poets poetry and the poetry trail, the sculpture, the local history and the place. It will include talks of course; but also sausage sizzle, face-painting, music etc.

The sculpture has settled into the landscape - the grass has all but covered all the bare earth around it. It looks like it belongs there. When I was giving it a clean a woman walking her dog came up to me and thanked me for design of the sculpture  - she said how beautiful it was and how uplifting it was to have it sitting out there by the creek. Couple more photos of Buttress Root.

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About 3 years ago I brought a electric organ to save it going to the tip. I thought it would be interesting to install it out in the open on the block between the mango trees and watch the process as it returned to the earth.

©2017 Barry Smith  - Organ installed on the block
Well the process has progressed to the stage that the timber frame collapsed so the organ keyboard etc are now snuggled amongst the grass and weeds - closer to the earth. It has a real beauty as it gradually and quietly returns to mulch and earth.

©2017 Barry Smith - Three years on - the organ settles into the landscape 
©2017 Barry Smith - The landscape claims the organ
©2017 Barry Smith - In the end all that will remain are the plastic bits
I started a couple of pendants today - I hope to complete at least one over the weekend.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mainly the beauty of flowers

©2017 Barry Smith
I did not get to do my usual Wednesday iPhoneography blog yesterday - the day just had too much in it so something had to give. Today has also been a bit crazy but I thought I'd sit quietly at the end the day and share some of the eye candy that was available on my walk on Wednesday. I love how many of the images float above an out of focus back ground.

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I was captivated by this wee feather blowing along on the road.

©2017 Barry Smith
And what about this delicate little house created by a small spider - using the opportunity to convert a leaf that had caught in it's web on the front of the mower shed door.

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So many small things to bring a lift in life.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas stock

©2017 Barry Smith - Six Leaf Tea Caddy Spoons - these spoons have a round front section for scooping out a single serve of tea leaves
Over the weekend I planned to repurpose some silver-plated tray stands and other interesting objects by giving them a good planned and sequenced hammering. That was put on hold as Maleny Additions asked if I could replenish their stock of Tea Caddy Spoons, Leaf-spoons and Leaf Pate Knives.

In the end I cut enough metal to make 17 objects: 6 Tea Caddy Spoons, 7 Leaf-spoons and 4 Leaf Pate Knives.

©2017 Barry Smith - Marking up the rectangles of silver-plate cut from recycled trays
A few more process photos follow.

©2017 Barry Smith - Marking the fold lines on the three different objects
©2017 Barry Smith - All the pieces were given an initial grind to improve shaper and get rid if rough metal
©2017 Barry Smith - All pieces nice and shiny and reflecting the surrounding colours
And then a couple more photos of the finished and tagged objects.

©2017 Barry Smith - Four Leaf Pate Knives - red/orange of my shirt reflected on the pate knives
©2017 Barry Smith - Seven Leaf-Spoons
Because I was doing three similar but different leaf form objects concurrently I took a little more notice of the folding and hammering sequences for the different objects. These three objects are my own designs using fold-forming techniques. The folding and hammering of the leaf forms occurs at a different point in the making process for each object. Maybe one day I will document the different processes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

More metal with a message

©2017 Barry Smith - Curled over stems of peace leaf bookmarks
Today was given over to work on the block - getting jobs done while the weather was fine - including oiling 5 decks. My art post today is about peace leaf bookmarks I have been working on during the week.

Last Thursday I was asked by our local Maleny Neighbourhood Centre if I could make 100 small simple peace leaves. These leaves are to be given away by the Centre volunteers at our local Christmas Festival (tonight - and it is raining) to say thanks to members of our community for support during the past year. The Centre also asked that the leaves be stamped with a peace symbol - peace at Christmas.

The photo below shows over 100 cut and stamped leaves in the rough - cut from various bits of recycled brass and copper - before grinding and polishing.

©2017 Barry Smith
I turned the stems of the leaf forms so that they can be used as book marks or a pendant. So this is what a box of 109 peace leaf bookmarks looked like - delivered yesterday (Thursday)

©2017 Barry Smith - A box of peace leaf bookmarks
And a couple of photos of the finished leaves.

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I think it is almost time for a red wine!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A visitor and other matters

©2017 Barry Smith - A regular visitor
Over the last couple of weeks we have had a Kookaburra dropping by to check out the soldering iron sculpture post near our rock river. Well at least it seems to find that it is a convenient resting spot. We have seen it sitting there just looking around; and on occasions doing a bit of maintenance. Kookaburra photos were taken with the Canon Powershot.

©2017 Barry Smith - Art appreciation?
©2017 Barry Smith
I didn't get a walk in this morning as the morning broke rain free; and I felt I needed to oil the decks while there are a couple of fine days predicted. But I did get the chance to check out some of the beauty and the unusual on the block - including a newly emerged orchid; and new and fading fungi.

©2017 Barry Smith - Starling colour - the ants seem to be interested in nectar
©2017 Barry Smith - These were in their full glory yesterday morning - still there is a beauty about then as they dry out
©2017 Barry Smith - Someone appreciated this fungi
©2017 Barry Smith - Exquisite shape - love the lines and crinkles
©2017 Barry Smith - Looking a bit like an ear 
The fungi just seems to remind me that life can be fleeting.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fire fighting Artisan Lamp

©2017 Barry Smith - Fire fighting hose nozzle Artisan Lamp with oversized  vintage light globe
Including this commissioned Artisan Lamp, I have now made three lamps that have a copper and brass fire-fighting hose nozzle as the core element. It is a bit rare to find such nozzles in collectable shops; but in my fossicking I managed to purchase two. The third lamp was made from one that was owned by the person who commissioned the lamp.

There is aften more than meets the eye in an thinking through and assembling an Artisan Lamp. I thought in the case of this lamp I would include a sketch so the owner could see how it was constructed and the parts that came together to make it.

©2017 Barry Smith  - Most pieces chosen for modification and assembling
©2017 Barry Smith - Sketch of the lamp
The lamp stands about 50-60cm high without the globe. I needed a large globe to complement the size of there body of the lamp. I think the one I had on hand is a little big and too powerful; but the new owner can make that judgement.

©2017 Barry Smith - Artisan Lamp on the workbench ready for testing 
©2017 Barry Smith - Fire fighting hose nozzle Artisan Lamp - - powerful light
I was pleased how the lamp turned out. The new owner is very happy with the outcome.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Of birds and bowls

©2017 Barry Smith - Anodised aluminium feather 
I had a few requests for work during the week including: 100 flat leaves; a set of Fungi Form vessels; and a hand formed metal feather.

The photo above shows one of two 'feathers' I made. It is about 5cm long including the quill section (the image is a bit out of focus - rushing at the end of the day).

Yesterday I cut and roughly formed metal to make 3-4 sets of Fungi Form vessels. I also cut the metal for the 100 leaf forms.
©2017 Barry Smith - Metal for vessels - from salvaged silver-plated trays
©2017 Barry Smith  - Rough press formed bowl forms
Today I managed to complete two sets. One set is about 5-6cm across and the other about 7cm.

©2017 Barry Smith - Smaller set of Fungi Form vessels - front
©2017 Barry Smith - Smaller set of Fungi Form vessels - back
©2017 Barry Smith - Larger set of Fungi Form vessels - front
©2017 Barry Smith - Larger set of Fungi Form vessels - back
A solid Friday in the studio garage; and good to be back to a bit of hammering.