Friday, May 11, 2018

Not pretty - starting many bowls and the tools used

©2018 Barry Smith - Metal marked and cut for the 4 sets of Daily Leaf Words
Yesterday and today I managed time in the studio-garage. The aim is to make 4 sets of Daily Leaf Word sets and about 12 ladles. As you can see from the photos above and below using cut up old, and often dirty, salvaged silver-plated serving trays means that the initial stash of metal can look pretty ordinary.

©2018 Barry Smith - Twelve pieces cut and marked for ladle bowls
©2018 Barry Smith - Love the curly offcuts
The fire treatment and hammering does not really improve the look. But they will shine once taken over to the grinding-polishing bench.

©2018 Barry Smith - All the bowl formed through hammering and the metal press
©2018 Barry Smith - Some of the pieces marked up and hammered
©2018 Barry Smith - I got bit side tracked with this little bowl - I have hammered the back and then decided to make the handle from a small copper soldering iron
I loved the fact that the work bench just became populated by hammers and stakes - all the tools were used in the process to date.

©2018 Barry Smith _ This stake was a towing ball - good 50mm form
©2018 Barry Smith - Love that selection of hammers - all used today at some point in the process with different bowl forms - the bigger bowl is on a stake being planished
©2018 Barry Smith - Inside of the bowl after the back was planished
I hope to get time over the weekend to finish the hammering and get to polish the bits - something shiny to show on Sunday.


  1. love seeing these works in process!

  2. Barry, how wonderful is your showing of the process of reclaiming the beauty of cast off crap, renewing and reanimating the power of its materials and workmanship. I feel the upsurge of life as I read your post.

  3. Hi MC and D - thanks for checking out the works in progress - it can often be boring just to see the scrappy bits - but as we say it is all part of the art journey. And glad the process energises. Go well. B


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