Friday, January 21, 2011
OLLI Classes have resumed
7:45 pm est
OLLI Classes have resumed, so on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the studio is full of people excited to be playing with
glass. I enjoy meeting new people, and welcoming back those who have played before. I've included a sample of the pre-fired work...great stuff, especially for the first week!!! Bryant Holsenbeck's Bunnye
is keeping guard until I can get everything in the kiln.
This week also marked the end of a project
long in the making. Last July, I picked up a sign from the US Forest Service that needed to be redone because a logo
had changed. With the aid of Wayne from the HardWood Store in Gibsonville, NC, I was able to try out many types of wood
and different toolpathing options. Some, like Bass Wood, were clearly not right for the project. Note the tear out around the letters.
The HardWood Store glued up a blank of Ash, which I painted black before carving. The
old sign, and the beautiful black blank took up space in the studio until I could start carving.
The ShopBot carved away the black, revealing the wood grain underneath. Mitch Fisher of Fisher Signs in
Durham sprayed 3 coats of polyurethane on the sign to seal the wood. Steve of the Forest Service picked up the
finished sign on Thursday. Whew!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
1:59 pm est
Today was to be the start of the new OLLI session, but the snow and ice on the roads made it too dangerous for everyone
to make their way out to the studio. So, instead of glass, here's a picture of the Rocking Horse that I finally
finished over the holidays and sent off to my grand-niece, Fiona, in Connecticut.
The original plans came out of Wood Magazine in 2009. Using the CAD/CAM program that comes wit the ShopBot (PartWorks),
I imported/drew the plans on the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) side and used the CAM (Computer-Aided Machining
or Milling) side to tell the ShopBot how to cut out the pieces. That was easy. Even painting and sealing the parts
with non-toxic materials was easy. Taking the time to actually glue and screw the parts together, now that took almost a
year. Rumor has it that her parents really like it, but that she is still a little afraid of it. But then, she is only
16 months old, so she has time to grow into it.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Back to Work
8:16 pm est
Hard to believe that a month has gone by and I haven't posted anything on the blog. Blame it on lots of people in the studio,
our son coming home from Denmark after a semester abroad, Christmas and New Year's, snow, snow and more snow. I believe
that I will start using the expression "Climate Change" instead of "Global Warming".
has been churning out contract work. Imagine working in an un-heated barn, watching the CNC machine cutting out 351
holes in each panel of plywood for a display at Raleigh's First Night on New Year's Eve. So much faster and cleaner
for me to design the pattern of holes on the computer screen, then have the computer control the router to cut out
the holes, than for a person with a hole-cutting bit try to do it by hand.
I was glad to have made the decision to stay in the barn and supervise the machine, since one of the waste circles
cut out of the board got caught by the router bit and spun on top of the board at 12000 rpms. One really can start a
fire by rubbing two pieces of wood together at high speed.
At Raleigh First night, participants inserted
recycled water bottles filled with colored water into the display to create light patterns.
Not quite glass, but still working with color and light. Photos courtesy of the News and Observer.