Sunday, May 13, 2018

Silver and rust and a couple of 'love' jobs

©2018 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Word bowls on the rust-bank bench
The good news is that I managed to grab a couple of hours yesterday and today to do the grinding and polishing of the bowls. They have been given a high polish which in turn makes them hard to photograph as they just want to reflect everything including the photographer.  But first a photo of the bits on the grinding-polishing bench.

©2018 Barry Smith - Quite a stash of bowls of different sizes and depths
I could not resist photographing some of the bowls on the rust-bank bench. I just love the contrast of the rust and hammered metal.

©2018 Barry Smith - Inside of the bigger bowl - about 11-12cm in diameter and 4cm deep
©2018 Barry Smith- The subtle facets on the outside created by the flat planishing hammer
©2018 Barry Smith - Seven little beauties on the rust bench
A few of the bowl have been turned into ladles - the smallest and biggest are below.

©2018 Barry Smith - The small ladle has a bowl about 4cm in diameter and a small copper soldering iron for a handle. The handle of the larger ladle was formerly the handle of a fruit tray-bowl
I made a gift leaf for a new born - a leaf hopefully with good vibes for a good strong life.

©2018 Barry Smith - A leaf for a joyous life
I get requests from time to time to repair family heirlooms; or to make stuff out of family objects. I was asked if I could repair and polish a bone and brass bangle that had been handed down. I do some of these tasks as a way of giving back to community. I think has been restored to its former glory.

©2018 Barry Smith - It can now to worn and maybe passed on - full of memories.
All in all a good weekend.


  1. Love those shiny bowls and red rough rust. The bangle is exquisite.

  2. Amazing contrasts between shiny and rusty, love it!

  3. Yes. The original profound shine of the material.

    Thank you.

    I wish You all the best.
    Greeting and hug. ruma

  4. stunning photographs & work, I am very envious of your set of hammers and stakes!

  5. P, VA, Ruma and MC - I just find it hard to believe that I was so behind in acknowledging your visits and comments - thank you for them. P and VA - I totally agree - the contrast of silver and rust is delicious. Roma - it is good that the metal can speak for itself through shine and hammer marks. MC - thanks for comments regarding the work and photos. I'm pleased that I have been able to build up my collection of hammers and stakes ove many years. And what I love is that I use probable 90% regularly. Go well. B


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