I think I know what I see when I look at this.
I got into the habit of giving names to my computers long ago, once I learned how useful a recognizable identifier can be in a network setting. I’ve named machines after Ansel (Adams), (Thelonius) Monk, Euclid and other figures that resonated with me for some reason.
Here is an example of reclaimed wood being given a second chance.
A bench dog is a piece of hardware that fits into a workbench for the purpose of holding or steadying a piece of material. A woodworker might use a bench dog to clamp a block of wood in order to carve it, for example.
Here’s a small stool made from scraps of pine, fir, and a dash of walnut.
I acquired a factory produced Queen Anne coffee table some time ago, and it hung around the shop serving as an overflow storage surface, buried under paint cans and unsorted hardware.
I forgot all about it until the day I finally got around to cleaning up.
Legends are born in events that we rarely take personal part in. Actions that transcend ordinary lives always seem to occur when we’re not there to see. Those near enough to bear witness later share their tale with a circle of friends, and eventually the word reaches our ears. This is such a tale. Continue reading
I’ve had a short section of a log in my possession for years. I have no idea where it came from, or what type of wood it is, just that it’s very light in weight. It’s also light in color, yet it produces dark brown chips. It’s a mystery.
I welcome the whole ‘re-purposing’ movement. It makes fashionable what people all over the world have been doing for thousands of years as a matter of instinct and survival: simple conservation. Continue reading
Older Drawings Continue reading
For almost fifteen years, I performed maintenance work on the F/V Oceanic, a 41′ research and teaching boat owned and operated by the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT. Continue reading
Your message in on its way.
Carry on with whatever you were doing. Once my fully robotic staff has read your message and added their well intentioned comments to the margins, it will be rolled up and served to me in a copper samovar along with a warm biscuit. I’ll get back to you.
I’ll be able keep at it for a while longer thanks to you.
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I can’t honestly say that I always have a preconceived idea of what I’m about to make when I begin a project. In fact, I enjoy that the most. All too often, what can be imagined doesn’t translate well into the language of reality. Other times, an idea is simply incompatible with reality, and it can be a sad moment when that becomes apparent.
2005, Painted pine 10″x22″
A Book Cover.
This guitar was handmade by some guy I met in a field. I bought it from him right then and there. Rash purchases are often followed by remorse, and this case was no exception.
This piece is built around my first welding helmet. I retired the helmet long ago, but never got rid of it. It hung on one wall or another for twenty years or more, silently watching as I went about my life.
Then one day, surfacing from deep and distant thoughts, I found myself staring at it, and this is what I found looking looking back at me.
I didn’t recognize him immediately, but once the mask was complete, I realized I’d captured the image of the Divine Welder. Continue reading
This Yamaha is a festival of useless cosmetic flourishes. Its drooping lines and pudgy bulges are just silly. Its ancillary components are remarkably overweight. The design team been must have told We don’t care, it just can’t look like last year’s model. I really didn’t want to start a new project, but I just couldn’t resist. Like picking at a strip of peeling wallpaper.
These old shackles probably should have been retired long before they reached this level of wear. On the other hand, their extended service has given them a look that the most creative of ‘distressing’ efforts could never match.
Even though ‘repurposing’ has become an overused and somewhat annoying buzzword, I think the underlying concept is sound on many levels, and even noble in an environmental context. Continue reading
One bright day in late autumn a colony of ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.
“What!” cried the ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?” Continue reading
“Sometimes a television is just a birdhouse” (S. Freud, 1922} Continue reading
This is special to me. I started it a long time ago as a present for someone, but didn’t finish it in time to give it to them. Many years later, I set out to complete it, but found it had become something different in the intervening years, both in appearance and in its meaning to me. That’s all I really care to share about this aspect of the Flying Fish. Continue reading
A small and rather personal sculpture. Small, because it’s not very big. Personal, because during it’s creation, watching steel melt in the flame hypnotized me, for the lack of a better word. I was transported to a different place, and I merely observed as this emerged. Continue reading
Fred Waring was a very popular musician from the 1920s into the 1950s. During this career, he earned both the appellation ‘The Man Who Taught America To Sing’ and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a civilian. Personally, I’d never heard of him prior to doing this bit of background research. Continue reading
Increasingly, we see the term ‘Tribal’ applied to tattoos and other graphic designs that vaguely resemble genuine ethnic cultural symbols. That got me to wondering exactly what makes something ‘tribal’. Continue reading
3-Dimensional Works in Various Media
This used to be an EICO Model 460 DC Wide Band 4.5 MHz Oscilloscope. Once the oscilloscope lost its ability to analyze signal frequencies with any degree of accuracy, it was simply cast off, its useful life ended. Continue reading
Original and Re-purposed Pieces
I found this old carpenter’ s box lying on a tarp in the middle of a vast flea market. There were a few hand tools still in it, possibly original, maybe not. The box is plainly made and humble. I imagine it was built for the simple purpose of holding its owner’s tools. I wonder who made it, and how their story went. Continue reading
In my ongoing effort to preserve things worth saving, I have digitally restored a collection of her classic fairy tale illustrations. Additional prints will be added as they are completed. Continue reading
I was commissioned to build this guitar featuring a vintage Buick hubcap as a resonator. The earliest musical instruments were made from found materials- gourds, shells, and even human skulls were used as resonating chambers, so a hubcap makes perfect sense. Continue reading
Bits and Pieces
A Smattering of Unrelated Stuff…
It seems that I’ve taken a non-traditional approach to the work bench.
Google ‘woodworking bench’ and you’ll find an ongoing competition among those claiming to have created the Ultimate Workbench. You’ll find exquisite variations based on a familiar tradtional pattern. Impressive indeed, but I’d be afraid to make my lunch on some of these heirloom-quality, statement-piece masterworks, much less defile them by actually using them.
I do like some of the clamping and work-holding features these benches feature, but the work surface seems too tall for for a good portion of the work that needs to happen, and they seem a little unstable for rythmic, multi-directional hand work, unless bolted to the floor, which interferes with re-configuring the shop space as needed.
After years of working in various shop and field environments, I have come up with a table that I’m pretty fond of. Actually, let me back up and say that I’ve come up with a set of guiding principles that seem to work for me.
- The table is a tool that will be used.
- The table is subservient to the job at hand.
- The job is ever-changing.
- There is no single perfect table.
Most of us undertake projects that require varying technologies. There’ll be a layout phase, machine work, hand work, hardware modification and finishing. Ideally, there will be a dedicated work space for each of these, but most of us need to perform multiple operations on one or two surfaces.
At the same time, we’ve all learned over the years that having work surfaces at a variety of heights can make it easier on the back, eyes, and other assorted body parts.
There is no single perfect table.
I’m lucky enought to have primary woodworking table that I’m pretty fond of, a workbench for general mechanical work, a set of trays that can be moved about for mixing and prepping finishes, a small rolling bench for applying finishes and a small welding table. The top of the bench and band saws offer auxilairy space, and a good set of horses complete the stable.
My Primary Woodworking Table:
My Mechanical Workbench
My Rolling Finishing Stand
My Versatile Vice
About The Images:
- For the most part, the images that you see on this website are my work.
- My images are all Copyright Mark Pelloth, All Rights Reserved.
- Exceptions include the occasional photo included in the body of a post, which will be identified as the work of others.
- Also, images that are in the Public Domain are not copyrighted, although my modification of them is considered Copyright Mark Pelloth, All Rights Reserved.
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About The Gift Shop:
- The items offered in the Gift Shop are produced by fulfillment company that I’ve selected for
- their awareness of social and environmental concerns
- for the quality of the printing and the items upon which the printing appears, and
- their commitment to providing good customer service.
- Your purchase request is delivered directly to their facility, and they ship the finished products directly to you.
- Please contact me if you have any difficulty with the purchase, delivery or quality of any item you buy. I want to know, and speaking from experience, so does the fulfillment staff.
About The Printed Garments:
- Shirts are printed on Brother DTG printers with genuine Brother GT-3, water based pigment inks, CPSIA compliant and Oeko-Tex™ certified, which means they’re safe for children’s clothing, and have a reduced environmental impact.
- I try to choose all or mostly cotton, because it’s what I like. I personally have washed these shirts many times without significant fading.
About the Prints:
- Photgraphic prints are printed with Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printers using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology.
- Prints are printed on Epson Premium Lusterpaper, which, when used with UltraChrome inks has permanance rating of 71 years.
- The surface finish of this paper is a smooth satin gloss that brings out the nuance of photographic images
- Framed prints (where offered) use black wood (Alder) frames and acrylic covers, and produce a final size of +1″ on all sides (i.e. 24″ x 36″ = 26″ x 38″).
- Matted prints are not available. Images resulting in non-standard aspect ratios (such as 7″x15″ as opposed to a standard 8″x10″) may have a ‘faux mat’ incorporated into the design to yield a print that will fit a standard frame.
- Note that signed prints produced using a photographic process are sometimes offered in the ‘Back Room’ section of this site.
About the Posters:
- Acid-free, archival, museum-quality posters
- All posters are printed on thick, durable Epson Enhanced Matte Paper
- The surface finish of this paper is a nearly flat sheen, perfect for graphics
- Framed posters (where offered) use black wood (Alder) frames and acrylic covers, and produce a final size of +1″ on all sides (i.e. 24″ x 36″ = 26″ x 38″)
About the Mugs:
- White, glossy, ceramic mug.
- Made and printed in the USA.
- Available in 11 oz and 15 oz sizes.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Microwave safe.
- From the manufacturer: ‘This brawny version of ceramic mug shows it’s true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered.’
- The Gift Shop uses Paypal as the payment processor. It’s secure and familiar, and does not require that you even have a Paypal account.
- The Gallery section also uses Paypal, but there is no ‘shopping cart’. Each payment solution is individually arranged by mutual agreement.
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From the Epson website:
Epson UltraChrome inks are extremely high performance colour inks designed for professional photographic, graphic arts and proofing applications. From producing the inspiring images of the most famous photographers in the world to ensuring that commercial prints are rendered to the most exacting standards of colour accuracy, Epson UltraChrome inks are designed to exceed the expectations of the most demanding professionals.
All Epson UltraChrome Inks (Besides UltraChrome GS) are pigment inks with high pigment density and feature a resin coating for each particle for more stability to produce prints of an even surface and gloss and that are highly stable on a wide variety of media including fine art, specialty and plain paper.
● Superb colour stability
● Low level of metamerism ensures that colour change under different light conditions is minimised or eliminated
● Designed to suit and print on a wide variety of media while maintaining outstanding lightfastness
● Epson UltraChrome inks can deliver twice the density of our conventional pigment inks. As a result, they reproduce a larger gamut of colour and deeper blacks
● Superb water and wear resistance
From the Epson website:
Wedding, portrait and school photographers have traditionally used luster paper for their photos. Now Epson offers this popular surface paper, Premium Luster Photo Paper, to digital printmakers. This instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints. Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. Its 10-mil RC base gives prints a photographic feel, and keeps the paper cockle-free. Ideal for use with all Epson Inks.
Like all of Epson’s innovative media, this paper is engineered to give you the highest resolution and color saturation possible. As always, EPSON supplies guarantees EPSON quality.
• Highest color gamut available for vivid color reproduction
• RC paper base for actual photo prints
• Luster “E” surface finish
• Enhanced 2880 dpi printing for the highest quality output
• Dries instantly for easy handling with Epson inks
• Compatible with dye, EPSON Archival and UltraChrome ink
• 10 mil thickness for a durable photographic feel
A long time ago, my father made a simple bench out of a scrap of 4×6″ fir. Back then, a bunch of us were racing motorcycles, and we would engage in ‘bench racing’ sessions- reviewing memorable moments from recent or famous rides- akin to the idea of the ‘Monday morning quarterback’ sessions. Straddling this rustic bench was a natural visual aid to the storytelling. Continue reading