Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nautilus III Sale 16/08/2013

Nautilus III

As if we weren't happy enough with the sale of Babel at Masterpiece, we have had an order for the third Nautilus coffee table. The commission is for an interior design company across the pond and may be made in different veneers to the usual sycamore and walnut (depending on their veneer choice...). As you can imagine, it is brilliant news for the studio and will hopefully raise our profile, now we just have to make the thing!

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Desk Sets

As I mentioned last time, we had a commission for a pen pot and a notepad holder for a London client. I finished making them this week and Chris is currently finishing them with lacquer. As they are so small, the job was pretty much all done by hand which gave me an opportunity to use some skills I haven't used since my first year at college!


Chris spraying the lacquer finish

Tip of the Week

The tip this week is for making curved templates. We usually use 2mm or 3mm MDF to make our templates because it is quicker to sand than thicker material and it's cheap so if you make a mistake then throw it in the bin and start again. Our tip, however, is to use a piece of flexiply with abrasive paper fixed at each end with double-sided tape to sand the template to your pencil line. This way it will sand more evenly, taking out all the high spots to leave you with a perfectly smooth curve.

Follow the link below to see me making a template for a chair leg former:


Item of Desire 

If you've got £1100 to spend on a tool (which I don't) then this is the one to buy. To be honest, any Bridge City tool would be welcome in my tool collection..


Artist of the Month

This time I have chosen sculptor Janet Echelman as our artist of the month. I came across her when looking for interesting TED talks, I've posted a link below to her talk for you to view at your leisure.

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Follow the link to watch her TED talk!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YekkGz1E2k

That's all this time, check back in a couple of weeks!

Danny

Friday, August 2, 2013

Goodwood Sculpture Park Visit 02/08/2013

Goodwood Sculpture Park

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Yesterday morning Marc, myself and the students set sail in the direction of Chichester to visit the Goodwood Sculpture Park. I would thoroughly recommend going, it was a brilliant day out! The works are dotted around a woodland area and are all placed perfectly so you approach them from the right angle. See some of my personal favourites below...

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Steam Bending Course

We still have a couple of spaces available for our one day steam bending course on the 14th August with Charlie Whinney. Charlie is a master of steam bending whose work ranges from large sculptural pieces to small everyday objects. There really is no one better to learn this incredible skill from so get in touch and book yourself in!

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Desk Sets

You may remember last year I posted about a commission for desk sets including pen holders, document trays, blotter wheels, and note pad holders for a client in London.  They got in touch recently and ordered another pen pot and notepad holder in macassar ebony and Marc has kindly entrusted me with the task of making them.



Tip of the Week

 As I mentioned last time, we have added a couple of new sections to the blog. Tip of the week will be a regular occurrence and as we like to experiment a lot here I'm hoping our tips will be something you may not have come across before.

Our first tip is to keep animal glue in plastic syringes for fine work and small repairs. It's handy to have on hand as it avoids the process of having to heat the pot and fill the workshop with that smell we all hate (except Isobel the dog), and when needed, simply put the syringe into hot water to heat the glue and you're good to go. It even acts as a cleaner way of dispensing the glue!

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Artist of the Month 

This month was Marc's turn to pick an artist and he settled on Peter Burke, the sculptor responsible for his favourite piece from Goodwood yesterday.

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www.peterburke.co.uk

Item of Desire

 For our first item of desire Marc has chosen the Phantom Corsair. It was a prototype built in 1938, and designed by Rust Heinz. Due to the futuristic look it was considered ahead of it's time but unfortunately never went into production. There are plenty of images on google so have a look for yourself!

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That's it for this week, have a good weekend!

Danny