Saturday, October 29, 2011

Digital Creativity - A Heart Shaped Crisp

Original image - taken with Nikon D5000
Original image manipulated using Picasa
Picasa image manipulated using PhotoScape

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Guy Time!

When we spend time working on our own we need to remember that our Family is what it's all for.  I have spent a lot of time with my Son recently, who is 6, and lives most of the time on another planet, LOL! But we both enjoy Gaming very much.  So, he blasted around the track and I took some HD photos of the game on the TV!

I though i'd share the images of some quality Father and Son time:

Blasting through the air!

Serious drifting, YEHHHH!

Super fast uphill racing, WOOO HOOOO!

Racing under the Moonlight, B-E-A-UTIFAL!

BLASTING round the track, AWESOME!

CRAZY DANCIN' on the roof of the car, WTF!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Simple Bowl

Every once in a while I like to turn what I call a simple bowl, not simple as in easy, boring, or lacking in creativity.  But a bowl that has simplicity of form and finish, thus highlighting the form and finish per se.

Form & Finish Close Up
The great thing about working with forms and finishing of this type is that there is now where to hide!  Bad tool control and poor finishing just won't cut it with this delicate form and design.

A Simple Bowl
The piece currently has a small foot but this will be removed/refined to allow the piece to 'sit' better.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Forms of Karma

A while ago I made a few pieces that I call Forms of Karma, they are a type of rocking bowl design that allow me to explore form, movement and finishing techniques.  I have been working away in the background for a while on this design and here are some progress picks of the latest piece.

This one is the largest to date and measures 9.5" across and 9" from front to the tip of the finial.

The form of this piece is very pleasing to me and there are a lot of design possibilities.  At present, the piece is designed to rest on its edge and the tip of the finial.  This allows the piece to be presented at an attractive angle.  This allows the front and rear to be displayed at its best and also allows the applied pyrography design to be seen.

The most interesting thing about this design is that it is partially kinetic.  The piece will happily sit on a surface and find it's own centre but a gentle nudge to the edge will send it delicately revolving in 360ยบ for a while, where it will then gently settle again at it's centre.

I have yet to pyrograph the interior of the bowl but after this I have a few ideas I want to explore with this piece.  They will possibly lead to further development with this series but a few limitations may prevent me from exercising my ideas.

More updates will follow soon and I will try to update with progress as regularly as possible.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Scottish Woodcraft Show 2011

I have just spent the last 2 days in attendance at the above show with my local club Broxburn Woodcraft Club.  We all had such a happy and productive time at the show and a lot of attention at our stand.

Such a broad range of crafts where on display, and at our stand we had woodturning, instrument making, stick making, scroll saw work and pyrography.  Compared to last year I would say the number of clubs in attendance has risen and the general quality and quantity of work has also improved.

The show took place in the Royal Highland Centre in the Lowland Hall.

 Demonstrators included our very own Mike Pool, who supports the club regularly, and who informed me that it is in fact Billy Connolly who has copied his style!

Other demonstrators included Mick Hanbury, Ray Key and Tony Wilson.

My favourite was Mick Hanbury.  Veering more towards the artistic side of turning I found his work to be colourful and creative, if a little tame.

It was also a pleasant surprise to see Paul Hannabys off centre platter in person.

...and I also took the time to squeeze in a little photo of my own work as featured in the most recent issue of Woodturning.

 All in all I had a great time at the show, a little tiring on the feet and back, but well worth it.  I hope to be in attendance with Broxburn Woodcraft Club next year with a bigger and better stand.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Abstract Expressionism

Here is the most recent Abstract Sculpture.  A lot of my abstract influence comes from my favourtie artist of the period, namely Wassily Kandinsky .  I recommend you check out the link, especially concentrate on Wassily's work from 1933 onwards, fascinating.

 It would be great to hear your thoughts on this piece and Abstract Impressionism in general, feel free to comment.

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