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Desultory Graphics Dept.

yesterdayslunchtOver the years, I’ve accumulated a sort of scrap heap of images.  Some were the product of whimsy; doodles for their own sake.  A few were created for website customers yet remain my property to use or repurpose.  Some have a story while some remain a mystery, even to me.

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Guitar Rift

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.
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Hephaestus

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

The Old Future

 I first heard the expression ‘the old future’ when my daughter was about 14 years old.  We were driving, and as we approached an intersection, we were presented with a splendid view of a nice old Airstream trailer cruising by.  “Isn’t that a cool thing?” I said.  “Yeah,” she agreed, “It looks like the old future.” Continue reading

Consumer Cycle

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.

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Entropic Chic Interrupted

bearings-1As a species, we scramble around trying to improve our situation.  We invent, experiment, build and create, all in the hope of finding something better than whatever it is that we already have.  We like change.

Nature, however, prefers things as they were.  What follows is an example of that ongoing disagreement.

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Shackle Bookends

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.

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The Ants & the Grasshopper (Retold)

the-ants-and-the-grasshopperOne 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

Flying Fish

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

Melt

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

Foundry Flasks

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I work part time at a small foundry.  I come in once or twice a week as an independent contractor to maintain the machines, repair equipment and fabricate things as need be.  At one point I was asked to build a few flasks- frames to hold patterns. Continue reading

Ada C. Lore (A Memory)

I worked several years for a shellfish company in New Haven.  I was hired as a captain, and I operated a number of boats for them, clam boats primarily, from fifty-five to a hundred feet in length.  The boat in this anecdote  was the Ada C. Lore, about 90′ as paced off on the dock  If you do a Google search, you’ll find stories and photos of her post-retirement life as a restored charter schooner in Maine, but when this story happened, she was was a just a tired old clam boat.

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About Me

This is the ‘About Me’ section. Every site has one.

Waring Blendor Lamp

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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

Sculpture Portfolio

3-Dimensional Works in Various Media

Furniture Portfolio

Original and Re-purposed Pieces

Antique Tool Chest Table

13_cip_61I 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

Margaret Tarrant Reprints

Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888-1959) was a prolific and popular English illustrator, best known for the charming illustrations she produced for various fairy tale and children’s books.

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

Buick Hubcap Guitar

 

hubcap (4 of 6)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

Practicalities

Notes and Musings on Work-a-Day Life…

Non-Photo Graphic Portfolio

Sketches, Digital Images, Painting and Other.

Bits and Pieces

A Smattering of Unrelated Stuff…

This Website.

this-websiteThis isn’t my first website.

In fact, at one time, I built and maintained websites for a number of local small businesses.  I was a one man operation- sales, web designer, graphic artist, customer service, bookkeeper and diaper changer. (My kids, not my customers.)  Liitle by little, though, my customers wanted business integration features beyond my self-taught abilities.  Slowly, it evolved from fun to work to chore.
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Ruggedized Olympus…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

80 days around the world, we’ll find a pot of gold just sitting where the rainbow’s ending. Time – we’ll fight against the time, and we’ll fly on the white wings of the wind. 80 days around the world, no we won’t say a word before the ship is really back. Round, round, all around the world. Round, all around the world. Round, all around the world. Round, all around the world. Continue reading

Megapixelmania

Nokia_6133Here’s a series of photos captured with the 1.3 mp camera on a 2006 Nokia 6133 flip phone.  Toy cameras currently offer higher resolution, but the lesson can’t be ignored: the best camera is indeed the one you have with you. Continue reading

Two Part Invention

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This post sort of reminds me of that circular discussion regarding some old work of art: “Did it survive because it was great, or is it great because it survived?”

That’s because the projects in this post aren’t really among the greatest things I’ve ever done.  It’s just that I happen to have photographs of them. Continue reading

Bench Racer

IMG_0021A 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