Finished a custom set of fire tools and stand for a customer, quite happy with the result.
I recently finished and installed a large hood to go over one of my large firepits at the request of one of my customers. It looks great installed I made a mount to hold it the required length above the firepit.
We recently enjoyed an overseas trip to England and France. I saw an anvil that dated from the mid 15th century. Lots of beautiful old blacksmithed gates and items to see. I took lots of pics.
I have recently added a grill or a grill and plate accessory to my fire-pit range. The fire-pit can now be used as a BBQ as well as a huge fire-pit.
The grills are easily removable with custom made handles and come with a sturdy stand with removable drip tray to catch the oil or fat from the hot grill.
Recently finished a set of six tudor arch window frames for a lovely couple in Bathurst that are renovating. The frames were made
in two parts to sandwich glass windows. The frames were hammer textured and nuts and bolts that hold the frames together were made to look old.
the whole unit was then rusted to add to the aged look.
Jigs were used extensively in this project to hold the shape of the frames when texturing and to keep all the windows of the same size uniform in shape and size.
An example of the texture applied to the frames.
Recently finished and delivered my first roof finales. They look great on the house.
The wagon wheel seat was finished and delivered last week, it turned out well. The redgum timber compliments the black painted steel and the burnt in date provides a focal point.
I have been working on a wagon wheel seat for Christmas for a local lady, first one I have made and I am quite enjoying it. Still a little way to go, my wife Jane is handling the wood side of things, but it is coming together well. If the lady in question sees this post don't worry it will be ready by Christmas.
Another successful Millthorpe market with a stack of people attending the day in spite of windy conditions. Only had two weeks from the Bathurst Christmas markets to Millthorpe so I had been going pretty hard in the workshop.
A big thanks to all of my wonderful customers again as the market exceeded my goal for sales.
I delivered one of my agapanthus bird bath sculptures to a lovely lady who kindly allowed me to take a photograph for my web site.
I have just bought out a new product in my range of items, a smaller firepit to fit into smaller areas and yet substantial enough to give off good heat and last a long time. The simple but stylish legs suggested by my wife Jane add to the simple elegance and functionality of this object. My retail price is 500 Australian dollars.
My first Bathurst Christmas market was a great success and wonderful experience for me.
I met some wonderful people and had some great conversations. I would like to extend a special thanks to the organizers for putting on a well run
professional market. I would also like to extend a special thanks to all of my wonderful customers including Kerrie ( hope I spelt that right ), Elaine, Rebecca, Kevin and Bob. I would also once again like to apologize to Rebecca for accidentally overcharging on her deposit, I hope that refund went in for you and thank you for your understanding.
I had many, many wonderful comments and helpful hints on my products and this confirms to me that I am still on the right track. My fellow stallholders that I met were really nice with some excellent market hints kindly passed on to a newcomer.
I will have a stall in the Bathurst Christmas markets this year, if you are around pop in and have a chat with me. This event is held at the Bathurst Showground.
When: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November 2018
Times: Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 8am to 4pm
Price: Gate entry is only $5 with children under 10 free.
Another successful exhibition was held by the Rogues sculpture group at the Parkview Hotel in Orange on friday the 9th of November. My wife Jane and myself have recently joined the Rogues with my wife rejoining after a number of years.
The standard of displayed works was very high and a wonderful night was had by all. My wife and myself were fortunate enough to sell sculptures at this exhibition. Many thanks to the organizers for a great effort and to the friendly people at the Parkview Hotel for a wonderful venue and friendly helpful staff.
The weather was beautiful for the garden ramble this year with lots of people enjoying the weekend. I took the opportunity to display some of my larger garden sculptures at the front of our shop at the Millthorpe railway station and I received some great feedback.
large firep pit
I recently was asked "do you make firepits". I replyed that I can but I haven't attempted one as yet. I started making one with the end that was cut from a farm fuel tank but the steel was very thin and I thought it might need a substantial amount of reinforcing as the steel might buckle under heat.
My chance came when I acquired at a sale an old steel tractor wheel. The thickness of the wheel was 8mm and I thought it would look good as an fire pit with the holes and the rustic look of it.
It is very large with a diameter of 126cm. I found that 65 by 20mm steel was a good size for the legs as it was a good proportion to the wheel.