Saturday, August 15, 2020

josh white camera stand

I cut down the main steel tube supports for this camera stand for one of my colleagues, Josh White. I had helped him load the full length stand with another colleague, Travis Donovan at a studio down in Hickory, NC into his truck during the pandemic at the start of the summer. The original tubes were probably 10 feet long making the entire stand taller than most normal height doors. Josh had gotten new shorter steel tubes to replace the original long tubes, but after he had difficulty removing the old tubes he decided to just cut the original tubes down. He brought them over to my studio and I cut and squared them for him. There are huge lead weights inside the tubes that help counterbalance the camera when it's put into different positions. Josh did a full resto on the stand. We texted back and forth about finishes. I recommended gun blue on the steel pipes since the main elevation apparatus runs up and down on these pipes. The camera is huge. The pics here don't do the entire setup justice, in terms of the scale.


cnc mokume-gane video


Here is a video about the CNC Mokume-Gane I made this summer.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

cnc mokume gane

Earlier this summer I was asked to do a job for Nicole Jacquard. She had James Viste create a couple of mokume-gane billets for her so that she could CNC cut a pattern into the billet and then have him flatten the sheet to make a larger patterned sheet. I believe her goal is to smith a creamer or some kind of container out of it. 

It's really cool to think about mixing digital techniques with the ancient technique of mokume-gane. i was all onboard for this, as it's right up my alley of combining old and new in the hopes of reinvigorating the old or at least building upon the traditions that form the foundation for a specific area of study.

Nicole had previously tried a different machine shop with a different combination of metals, but James was not happy with the result due to the machining done by the machine shop. Nicole asked if it was something I thought I could do on my Tormach and so she sent me some billets and I ran a few tests for her in HDPE before cutting the real deal.  I was able to bang the job out in a couple days. It honestly took more time to make sure the result was what Nicole wanted and to set-up the billets on the machine, then it did to cut them. I was really pleased with the finished result. I sent the billets to James for him to take over.

James sent me the last two images as he was flattening things out. I'm anxious to see the finished piece made from these two sheets of material.


james viste


I first met James Viste a few years ago when I was teaching at Penland. James was teaching in the Iron Studio at Penland at the time. I really enjoyed speaking with him. I'm glad to see him doing his own thing at his personal studio now. I'm happy to see it when people are able to be their own boss and walk the line they choose to walk. Freedom...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

more random goodness

Christof sent this to me. Asked me why I hadn't done this yet...  Reminds me of these. I still really want a COE to build a mobile machine shop. If I could find a reasonably priced one I might just park it on the property and use it as is regardless of it being mobile or not. If anyone out there has a lead on one let me know.

Man I love these early photos from Brooklands.

This one struck a chord with Jill for some reason... I don't know what's she's talking about!

This would make a mean mobile BMW motorcycle repair shop in the back or a great hauler for an an early GS dirt bike.

Again, just a collection of some random goodness that was floating around on my laptop.



I was just sorting through some images I've saved and came across these.  Just some design inspiration and some random goodness...