Friday, April 28, 2017

Beautiful beginnings

©2017 Barry Smith - Small cone shaped vessels on rust
There have been two beautiful beginnings in my art today: finally getting into hammering vessels again; and the delivery of the cut aluminium plate for routing the poems.

I spent this afternoon doing the first round of hammering on the vessels - I forget how much I enjoy working with the metal - pushing it in the directions and shapes I wanted.

©2017 Barry Smith - Vessels in the rough
©2017 Barry Smith - After a lot of hammer strokes
©2017 Barry Smith - Small cone shaped vessel on rust - love those hammer marks
Over the weekend I hope to finish these off.

I spent part of the morning with the firm (Miles Plastics) that will be responsible for routing the poetry on the Buttress Root sculpture metal. The 3 sheets of metal had been cut to their flat shapes by the fabrication shop (FreeForm Sheet Metal) and delivered for routing. I needed to work with the owner and CNC router operator to specifically measure out the sections for the poetry.

©2017 Barry Smith - Flat metal for the trunk - 2.4m long and 1.2m wide
©2017 Barry Smith - Cut metal for one section of the root - 1.8m high and 1.2m wide
©2017 Barry Smith - Another section of the root - 1.4m high and 2.43m long
©2017 Fiona Dempster - Marking up the metal
©2017 Fiona Dempster - Gives an idea of the size of the cut sheets
A good day of Friday art - first time for a long time that I have been able to spend most of the day on art. Fiona is cooking up something exotic so it is just about time to raise a glass and celebrate the day, life, togetherness, art and peace.


  1. Small cone shaped pieces remind me of bewitching bells...I could see these three with a small hole drilled into each one, randomly tied together with leather thongs of different lengths, the wind, the orchestra conductor, the hammered markings, music notes...

  2. Hammer marks are really beautiful, Barry. Fascinating to see your progress with the big sheets. They'll look marvellous!

  3. M and C - thanks for your visit and comments. M - I like the idea of bewitching bells. I will create another three and test your idea out. C - the big sheets are something else - I went down last week to approve all the routing plans - but as can be the case with fabricators these things are never done on time. Peace. B


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