Monthly Archives: October 2010

How to make caramel without knowing what the fuck you’re doing

Last night’s adventures continued from electropolishing to making caramel in very short order. I was just about to go to bed when my housemate Chris asked if I could be a lab assistant for him, could I stir this for … Continue reading

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Electropolish!

I have a lovely little bit of kitchen science for you tonight. I’ve been forging dainty little pieces of steel into jewelry and thought it might be a good idea to try to electropolish them — that is, use an … Continue reading

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Black Jack Battleground design workshop

The workshop took place at Walt Hunt’s shop in Lawrence, Kansas. All told, there were probably about fifteen of us, including four youth from a program called Van Go, a guy from Texas, a guy from Winnipeg, Canada, and myself. … Continue reading

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Help Me Make Useful Public Art!

The trials and tribulations of being a self-employed artist continue! Last month I was asked to design a round table for an outdoor memorial, so I came up with this simple, yet beautiful design. Unfortunately it turned out that the … Continue reading

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Mokume Gane Wedding Bands

I made this pair of wedding bands for friends of mine. They asked me to speak at their wedding this past weekend, and this is what I said: These rings are made from silver and copper twisted together using a … Continue reading

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Mokume Gane Tutorial

While learning to make mokume gane, I read a number of tutorials on the subject. I found that each tutorial left out some elements. I decided to write my own to hopefully add another set of ideas to the literature out there. Continue reading

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Kansas

Boy howdy the adventures I’ve had in Kansas! The first time I drove through in a truck that spun out in an ice storm on the Colorado side of the border… on I-70. The second time was with a circus … Continue reading

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Black Jack Battle Gate

“Join us in Lawrence, KS, the weekend of Oct” 9-10 for a hands-on design workshop with Master Blacksmiths from Britain, Terrence Clark and Peter Parkinson. Under the guidance of these two experts, participants will design a decorative entrance gate for … Continue reading

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Mokume Band

A brief update from atop the night. Fine silver-copper mokume band with a sterling silver liner. Much help from my father, without whom this project would not have been started nor finished… (how many billion projects are there about which … Continue reading

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Martin’s Railing (ii)

Last weekend I drew up a couple of sketches of the railing for Martin, based on what we talked about and directions I want to push my sense of design. I’m not even worrying about skills right now because the … Continue reading

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Mokume Gane, A Success Story

Eight hours from clock in to clock out and I have one solid billet of silver-copper mokume! It measures 1-5/8″ square by approximately 1/2″. All bonds seem solid, after a few passes of forging and annealing. For reference, it contains … Continue reading

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Art Show! Pleasant Street Industrious

A few of my pieces are in a show called Pleasant Street Industrious: Artworks Made in Eastworks and Paragon Arts and Industry. It’s a show of art from artists with studios on Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. The opening is … Continue reading

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