Work In Progress

  It's not revolutionary to tell you that if you have a big project in mind, you can save a lot of time and frustration by doing as much advance planning as possible. You'll still need to amend, revise, improvise and adapt as you go but...

The Compass Rose features four layers of relief sculpture— The bowl itself, two layers of cut steel star designs, and hand made "clavos" (decorative bolts). The compass letters are cut out of the bowl so ire can show through them and so they will also...

When most artists say they are "on fire" they mean that they're inspired. When metalworkers say it, you should reach for the nearest entinguisher. I make jokes about "catching fire a little bit" while working in the studio, but the truth is— there's a lot of...

I was working late in the studio one night, just before the snow came, trying to finish up a rush order of fire bowls for the Sheraton Hotel in Honolulu… My neighbor Preston Cole stopped by and shot a bunch of pictures as the sun...

Mary Abe at Garden Gate Landscaping reached out to see if I could create a custom fire pit for an extensive landscaping project she was putting together. The project called for a buried fire pit set in stone with a steel lid and a remote...

It's a nice way to add some color to a yard or garden.I'd like to do another version of this fence with a heavier line weight and with the bottles placed in separate frames that are juxtaposed at various heights...

[rev_slider alias="ShawverMosaicDone"]   The biggest reason for my last trip to Chicago was to finish up the Solar System Mosaic for Britt Shawver. Mya and I spent three weeks there earlier this summer, but we had almost finished when we ran out of some supplies which happened...

I'm really pleased with the way this one worked out. I may add a heavier base to to make it more stable… On a level surface it stands quite well, but it is a wee bit top-heavy and I suppose it's better to take into...

Scrappy Rooster: Scrapyard Abstract No. 2, 2005 Recycled steel. 33" x 21" x 12"...

Anyone who's been through Alden lately has noticed that the new sign for the bank has been installed… at least mostly. The concrete slab needs to thoroughly cure before I can bolt the sign down, so at present it's heavily braced. In another few weeks,...

I had hoped to be done with mortaring the tile in place by the end of last night, but I ended up packing it in with sore knees at 2 am. C'est la vie. Fortunately, I have an extra day, so I'll finish it up...

Once the adhesive was dry on the cement board, the next step was to see how closely the mosaic would fit the sign form— Both were created using the same drawing, but given that they were being made separately, in two different locations, by 3...

I've been working all week on installing the mosaic into the sign structure. The structure weighs about 300 pounds, so I decided to do the installation right in the trailer rather than try to get it out and back in again. The upside is that...

  Last Saturday was the big fundraising auction for the Red Cross. All the bears were on display and went to the highest bidders.I was kind of pleased, when I pulled up, to see that my bear had been chosen to greet everyone as they first...

So, it's cram week for the next two weeks while I make new work for the Alden Art & Craft Fair. Mya and I are working on a few smaller mosaic fish, using leftover Sicis glass from the big trout sign and some nice metallic...

We almost finished the trout yesterday… there's just a wee bit of the tail left, which Mya is working on now. Today should be the end of the detail work on the mosaic sign. I started the lettering last night and should be done with...

While Mya and I were in Chicago a few weeks ago, we stopped in to visit Tony Racky at the Lakeview Baseball Club. Tony is a dream client— he's easy to work with, fun to hang out with and enthusiastic about the projects we've worked...

Here's a bunch of photos of progress on the mosaic project. I've got to get busy finishing the installation, so I'm going to let the pics largely speak for themselves....

Well, I was going to wait until the bear went to his summer home at Bay Harbor until posting the final pics of the finished, grouted bear. But he looked so good, all shiny and white and gleaming in the sun...

I spent the last couple days working on this project, which I've been dying to do for months. The firepit is cut from the end of a propane tank and the legs are from some kind of farm implement. After extensive testing (heh) I've decided...

The bear mosaic is all done except for grouting. I'll let the glue set for a few days before I grout...

  Here's a good look at the bear's face. He's got a great grin on him, doesn't he? If you're curious how long it takes to cover such a large sculpture in tile, you can follow along with the more or less daily blog posts I posted...

Got the final bits of the bear motif placed and adjusted, filled in all the white background on the design and did a fair amount of white tile on the rest of the bear....

I spent part of yesterday moving the bear mosaic from the table and adjusting it to fit the actual bear sculpture. Very nerve wracking…...

  I'm all done with the work that I'll be doing flat at this point… Today (well, tonight) I'll be taping the tile and transferring it to the actual fiberglass form. Once it's glued down, I'll fill in the spaces between the areas that I've done...

  Day three of the mosaic for the American Red Cross of Northern Lower Michigan 2005 fundraiser: the Great Northern Hunt for Bearable Art. I'm hoping that I'll be ready to apply it to the bear sculpture and start filling in the white areas by tomorrow....

  Here's a pic of the bear mosaic project at the end of day two. I still have a long way to go… but for the most part, I've been tackling some of the trickier bits first, so ideally, the work will speed up as I...

  I got a call week before last from the American Red Cross of Northern Lower Michigan in Petoskey asking if I was still interested in participating as an artist in their 2005 fundraiser: the Great Northern Hunt for Bearable Art. It seems an anonymous donor...

I've been working on a new kinetic sculpture in the Galaxy Series this week. The photo above shows the horizontal arm of the piece, which will rotate above the base. The first photo below gives you a sense of the scale of the piece. The...

I spent a few hours at the free wifi node in Traverse recently looking at other kinetic artists' work to see if i could get some better ideas for stands and bearing assemblies...

One of my most treasured scores from Chicago is a milk crate full of heavy duty (and seriously costly) bearings which I salvaged from the machine room of a condemned building. I was given a key and the run of the place for one day,...

Yesterday was the official unveiling of the Cycling Salamander sculpture. Chet came over in the morning to help me lift the piece onto it's bearing assembly and steady it while I welded it together. We loaded the piece onto his trailer and he zoomed off...

Cycling Salamander Gallery has commissioned a new sculpture to be permanently installed on the Gallery's roof. The sculpture of a salamander will be built around an antique child-size bicycle provided by the gallery....

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