Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas stock

©2017 Barry Smith - Six Leaf Tea Caddy Spoons - these spoons have a round front section for scooping out a single serve of tea leaves
Over the weekend I planned to repurpose some silver-plated tray stands and other interesting objects by giving them a good planned and sequenced hammering. That was put on hold as Maleny Additions asked if I could replenish their stock of Tea Caddy Spoons, Leaf-spoons and Leaf Pate Knives.

In the end I cut enough metal to make 17 objects: 6 Tea Caddy Spoons, 7 Leaf-spoons and 4 Leaf Pate Knives.

©2017 Barry Smith - Marking up the rectangles of silver-plate cut from recycled trays
A few more process photos follow.

©2017 Barry Smith - Marking the fold lines on the three different objects
©2017 Barry Smith - All the pieces were given an initial grind to improve shaper and get rid if rough metal
©2017 Barry Smith - All pieces nice and shiny and reflecting the surrounding colours
And then a couple more photos of the finished and tagged objects.

©2017 Barry Smith - Four Leaf Pate Knives - red/orange of my shirt reflected on the pate knives
©2017 Barry Smith - Seven Leaf-Spoons
Because I was doing three similar but different leaf form objects concurrently I took a little more notice of the folding and hammering sequences for the different objects. These three objects are my own designs using fold-forming techniques. The folding and hammering of the leaf forms occurs at a different point in the making process for each object. Maybe one day I will document the different processes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

More metal with a message

©2017 Barry Smith - Curled over stems of peace leaf bookmarks
Today was given over to work on the block - getting jobs done while the weather was fine - including oiling 5 decks. My art post today is about peace leaf bookmarks I have been working on during the week.

Last Thursday I was asked by our local Maleny Neighbourhood Centre if I could make 100 small simple peace leaves. These leaves are to be given away by the Centre volunteers at our local Christmas Festival (tonight - and it is raining) to say thanks to members of our community for support during the past year. The Centre also asked that the leaves be stamped with a peace symbol - peace at Christmas.

The photo below shows over 100 cut and stamped leaves in the rough - cut from various bits of recycled brass and copper - before grinding and polishing.

©2017 Barry Smith
I turned the stems of the leaf forms so that they can be used as book marks or a pendant. So this is what a box of 109 peace leaf bookmarks looked like - delivered yesterday (Thursday)

©2017 Barry Smith - A box of peace leaf bookmarks
And a couple of photos of the finished leaves.

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©2017 Barry Smith
I think it is almost time for a red wine!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A visitor and other matters

©2017 Barry Smith - A regular visitor
Over the last couple of weeks we have had a Kookaburra dropping by to check out the soldering iron sculpture post near our rock river. Well at least it seems to find that it is a convenient resting spot. We have seen it sitting there just looking around; and on occasions doing a bit of maintenance. Kookaburra photos were taken with the Canon Powershot.

©2017 Barry Smith - Art appreciation?
©2017 Barry Smith
I didn't get a walk in this morning as the morning broke rain free; and I felt I needed to oil the decks while there are a couple of fine days predicted. But I did get the chance to check out some of the beauty and the unusual on the block - including a newly emerged orchid; and new and fading fungi.

©2017 Barry Smith - Starling colour - the ants seem to be interested in nectar
©2017 Barry Smith - These were in their full glory yesterday morning - still there is a beauty about then as they dry out
©2017 Barry Smith - Someone appreciated this fungi
©2017 Barry Smith - Exquisite shape - love the lines and crinkles
©2017 Barry Smith - Looking a bit like an ear 
The fungi just seems to remind me that life can be fleeting.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fire fighting Artisan Lamp

©2017 Barry Smith - Fire fighting hose nozzle Artisan Lamp with oversized  vintage light globe
Including this commissioned Artisan Lamp, I have now made three lamps that have a copper and brass fire-fighting hose nozzle as the core element. It is a bit rare to find such nozzles in collectable shops; but in my fossicking I managed to purchase two. The third lamp was made from one that was owned by the person who commissioned the lamp.

There is aften more than meets the eye in an thinking through and assembling an Artisan Lamp. I thought in the case of this lamp I would include a sketch so the owner could see how it was constructed and the parts that came together to make it.

©2017 Barry Smith  - Most pieces chosen for modification and assembling
©2017 Barry Smith - Sketch of the lamp
The lamp stands about 50-60cm high without the globe. I needed a large globe to complement the size of there body of the lamp. I think the one I had on hand is a little big and too powerful; but the new owner can make that judgement.

©2017 Barry Smith - Artisan Lamp on the workbench ready for testing 
©2017 Barry Smith - Fire fighting hose nozzle Artisan Lamp - - powerful light
I was pleased how the lamp turned out. The new owner is very happy with the outcome.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Of birds and bowls

©2017 Barry Smith - Anodised aluminium feather 
I had a few requests for work during the week including: 100 flat leaves; a set of Fungi Form vessels; and a hand formed metal feather.

The photo above shows one of two 'feathers' I made. It is about 5cm long including the quill section (the image is a bit out of focus - rushing at the end of the day).

Yesterday I cut and roughly formed metal to make 3-4 sets of Fungi Form vessels. I also cut the metal for the 100 leaf forms.
©2017 Barry Smith - Metal for vessels - from salvaged silver-plated trays
©2017 Barry Smith  - Rough press formed bowl forms
Today I managed to complete two sets. One set is about 5-6cm across and the other about 7cm.

©2017 Barry Smith - Smaller set of Fungi Form vessels - front
©2017 Barry Smith - Smaller set of Fungi Form vessels - back
©2017 Barry Smith - Larger set of Fungi Form vessels - front
©2017 Barry Smith - Larger set of Fungi Form vessels - back
A solid Friday in the studio garage; and good to be back to a bit of hammering.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


©2017 Barry Smith - Droplets in the base of an Argave
After a couple of fine days we are back to set-in rain. There was no walk along Treehaven Way this morning. Instead I did a meander on the block with umbrella and iPhone to capture some of the droplets that were still coming down and clinging to blossoms and leafs.

So this post really is sharing a few of those beautiful refreshing rain moments.

©2017 Barry Smith - Pink Crucifix Orchis with droplets
©2017 Barry Smith - A trio of suspended droplets on a Frangipani blossom
©2017 Barry Smith - Clear reflective droplets on a tiny Native Violet
©2017 Barry Smith - Rain on the water in the Fire Pit bowl
©2017 Barry Smith - Mini White Agapanthus blossom with droplet reflection the neighbouring Agapanthus stems
©2017 Barry Smith - A purple mini Agapanthus coated in glistening rain droplets
©2017 Barry Smith - New growth and droplets
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©2017 Barry Smith
©2017 Barry Smith - Against a grey rain filled sky
©2017 Barry Smith - A droplet gathering on a leaf
©2017 Barry Smith - Beads on an Argave leaf
Glad we got the deck sanding finished yesterday and the grass mowed as well. I emptied the rain gauge this morning  - it registered 70mm over the last week.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lamps with an antique past

©2017 Barry Smith - Art nouveau bracket or adornment on a battered brass antique gas light pipe
I did get time today to finish the two Artisan Lamps I started on Friday. A little lethargic today after many hours of sanding on Friday and Saturday - but the decks are looking good though a shower of rain meant we could not finish them on Saturday. Hopefully there will be a few rain free days next week to enables us to complete the job.

Anyway back to the lamps. The key components of both lamps are antique gas light brass hardware (pipes, talk etc) that are 100-150 years old. I brought a stash of beaten and heavily corroded pieces in a box at a recycling sale - probably 2-3 years ago.

One of the lamps has a very art nouveau look about it. The gas pipe and decorative bracket are both quite delicate; but I like the artistic curve of the lamp.

©2017 Barry Smith - The finished art nouveau influenced Artisan Lamp - also includes gas ring from an old stove and other steel and brass found objects.
©2017 Barry Smith
The second lamp includes a strong brass piece that has two taps. I'm guessing it would have been used to shut off the gas to different parts of a house.

©2017 Barry Smith - Twin tap Artisan Lamp - main component os the brass piece with two shut-off taps - also includes a base plate from an old gas stove and other brass objects.
©2017 Barry Smith - The antique ceramic and brass light fitting has an unusual built in rotary switch
It was good to finally get to use the gas lighting parts and combine them with the antique electric light fitting I collected in Krakow.