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My new "Hobby"
« on: June 21, 2021, 09:57:45 AM »
Since I retired, I've been exploring some different creative outlets to occupy my time. I had been (and still do...) following a lady on LinkedIn that has published a few books on Welding Art. One book in particular focusses on making Silverware Critters (Scorpion, Frogs, Dragonflies, etc.). I took off of that idea and began welding silverware into Figurines. I started with a Bowhunter (my best seller...), then began working on more complex pieces.
As an aside, I have doodled (during Conference Calls and other stimulating meetings....) "Stick Man" art through ~40 years of my Engineering career, so transitioning from drawing to "sculpting" was not that tough- but I'll let others decide that.....
I took a bunch of my "Art" to a regionally popular 3-day festival along with some slabs and other stuff; the "Art" was a huge hit! people would be 30'-40' down the lane, glimpse my stuff- and come over with huge smiles to discuss. I have it priced as Art, so not many Big Ticket takers- but I sold enough to convince me that I'm on the right track.
What do you think?

 
As you can see, I've also found a use for some of the Offal from my Live Edge projects...



 


 




 



 

.....And a couple that may trigger a memory of something seen before; reply if you think you recognize anything familiar.....


 

or: 


 

Some others...


 

 


 

Okay, let me have it!
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Re: My new "Hobby"
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2021, 10:29:05 AM »
I like it. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2021, 11:07:34 AM »
The art is great and I think very original, the pictures are terrible.  Get a pro to take your pictures and use them to make a portfolio.  A photo backdrop and getting rid of the flash will do wonders.

I really like your work. 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2021, 11:18:22 AM »
WOW!  Really great stuff.
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Re: My new "Hobby"
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2021, 11:32:42 AM »
6th pic is "American Gothic"?  Farmer and wife with pitchfork?   Nice work!

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2021, 11:49:59 AM »
You are correct, sir!
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2021, 11:59:24 AM »
Is the other one the lighting of the Olympic torch?
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2021, 12:40:10 PM »
Love it! smiley_thumbsup

X2 on improve the photos, you'll want to filter the light slightly to keep the harsh reflection down. One nice thing with digital you can take a couple dozen pics from different angles, light, backdrops and just keep the best. Also you can digitally ad a backdrop to help "sell" the story. I would say restaurants would be interested in your work, and the motorcycle one would definitely appeal to riders.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2021, 01:43:57 PM »
Awesome!!!!  

How much for an American Gothic??  I want one.   FF gets a cut, of course.

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2021, 01:47:10 PM »
Is the other one the lighting of the Olympic torch?
Bill,
Nice, but no cigar.....
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2021, 02:09:32 PM »
The dunk and the choppers came out great!
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2021, 02:14:35 PM »
The dunk and the choppers came out great!
Thanks, Mike. I never played basketball, but I've always ridden Hard-tails....
I'm still waiting for someone to correctly guess the original subject of the "Dunk" piece. It comes from a Poster called "Hang Time".....
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2021, 02:25:37 PM »
Awesome!!!!  

How much for an American Gothic??  I want one.   FF gets a cut, of course.
Thanks, Tom.
Some of these pieces are still available. I'm not listing them here, but you all know that I have no qualms regarding taking care of our Fearless Leader and acknowledging the work he does.
I also can accommodate commissions, if you can draw a stick man of what you're thinking- I'll let you know how I will try to execute.
As for sales, PM me and I'll quote you a price; we'll copy Jeff upon agreement, so he knows the amount. He will get equal to or more than the normal FF commission. My word on that.
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They say the mind is the first to go; I'm glad it's something I don't use!

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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2021, 02:33:35 PM »
You all are being very generous with your feedback, and I appreciate it.
Larry, When my new Corporate entity is established, I intend to start a Web site and your advice regarding using a pro Photographer is great... Thanks.
Having said that, I forgot to post a pic of my most intensive piece ("We're getting a band together"):


 
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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2021, 04:56:06 PM »
Nice  8) 8)

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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2021, 08:44:32 AM »
Looks like you will be hitting a lot of auctions to keep up your supply of material. Cool use of your imagination.  A neighbor built a scrap metal man to hold his mailbox, always admired that.  Your art is better than the scrap metal that was around the art building at Fort Hays Kansas State University, where I went, the industrial arts building was the other wing, we always made fun of those guys.  One of those art guys made a stupid bet that he would cut his hair off, had to get a burr, but left a pony tail.
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2021, 07:24:00 AM »
Love it!
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2021, 09:14:25 AM »
Great work ,I really like it. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2021, 09:25:09 PM »
NICE WORK! Was there a cowboy riding a bronc in that group? smiley_horserider

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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2021, 05:17:55 AM »
NICE WORK! Was there a cowboy riding a bronc in that group? smiley_horserider
Yes, I call that one "Rodeo Athlete(s)"....
Among all the the things I'm an "Old" something or other, "Rodeo Cowboy" is in there somewhere.
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