Today the the University of Rhode Island had it's first Bronze was pretty cool to watch. next year one of those guys will likely be me

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Kelly Hardie | April 30, 2010
Man, that makes me want to take a metalsmithing class.

Erik Bates | April 30, 2010
Forgive my ignorance, but I don't understand what's going on here.

Tony Peters | April 30, 2010
the flasks (stair stepped cylinder looking things) are molds being filled with liquid bronze that was melted in what amounts to a portable blast furnace....the metal and the gas to melt it probably cost more than the entire setup to do this. Think of it as an art school foundry version of Micro brewing beer. Bronze is the middle difficulty common metal pour. Aluminum being the coolest and easiest at roughly 1400 degrees Bronze at 2000 and Iron at roughly 3000 degrees. I have a friend who has done pours like this at his house/studio. to do this in a real foundry would probably cost 10 times the cost and non of us would be allowed to participate. THis really interested me because other than some wood carving I have been a two dimensional artist for most of my life

Jackie Mason | May 1, 2010
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Tony Peters | May 1, 2010
they (the real sculpture classes not us baby intro to 3D folks) made small wax sculptures. the coolest IMO were 3 Japanese Iris that one of the guys made took from flower to mold to wax and finally bronze, very cool I can't wait to see the final product....


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A good day in the studio

In general this week was horrible I got Gastro and lost a half my remaining class days to finish the pair of sculptures I'm working on.......however today was good I got about 3 hours of alone time in the studio, just my my tools (a pair of angle grinders with wood cutting/shaping disks) a block of wood and a dust collector......... I put about 5 inches of chips in the dust collector and got a good start on the last piece. Go »

I miss the piazza

well after 22 hours in transit I have returned from Sardinia to the land of really bad Capoccino. I spent my birthday (Saturday) sitting in the Piazza in La Maddalena drinking Capoccino...there really isn't any comparision to the wonderful sense of relaxation that I felt there. Go »


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the toils of being a home owner

just when you think that everything is groovy boom your furnace burps blowing all the seals and well $6000 later you can have heat again. Mind you it was 12degrees yesterday when this happened and at present I can't keep my house any hotter than 55degree's or the house fills with smoke...not to mention that the soonest I can get a new furnace installed is thursday. Go »

Beyond annoying...

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My Suitcase

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