Friday, December 2, 2016

mini bronze pour

I assisted Adam and Travis today with a mini bronze pour. Adam has been doing several ABS 3D prints that we have been burning out in the kiln in Metals. My students are all getting into doing 3D prints and using them as patterns for sand casting and lost wax(print) casting. It's good to see Adam and Travis getting in on the action as well. Adam made the sweet little shank you see here. I love working with these two guys! They've been super good to me and I'm thankful to work with them and to have the priviledge of their friendship.  Did I mention that they are both great fathers and teachers? I look forward to seeing them at work each day and I look forward to seeing what we can all accomplish together here at Appalachian State. 

hand and eye

and yet another...

might have to get the soundtrack to this film...

just kidding!

rose engine turning

Thanks for triggering tonight's rabbit hole, Arthur...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

harlan butt

I just rediscovered these videos from Harlan Butt. Just too good not to watch again. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

noah's 12th

Noah turned 12 last week. He's starting to talk about cars...YIKES! It's crazy how fast the kids are growing. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

ural design

The following statement sums up the new motorcycle design vs. the Russian Ural design:

When NASA started sending astronauts into space they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, Congress approved a program and NASA scientists spent a decade and over $165 million developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

salty sea pig

unt posters

Ana has her students make these posters about artists from the field of Metalsmithing. These posters are hanging all around the teaching area. It is such a great idea! I may have to implement this...

unt jewelry and metalsmithing

UNT outside Jewelry and Metals area

UNT Jewelry and Metals Studio

I gave a two hour lecture to the Digital Fabrication course the second day of my visit before James took me to Fort Worth. I hope the students benefitted. It was fun to be able to present and to see the undergraduate facilities. Haran is retiring next semester, so this was especially meaningful to come in and visit right now. Harlan has had such a history here and Ana is doing such a great job keeping everything moving forward. They make a unique team so it will be interesting to see what happens here at UNT in the near future.