ausfire

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    Atherton Tableland (Promised land) Far North Queensland, Australia
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    Metal work: blacksmithing, junk sculpture. Timber work: turning, furniture. Photography, aviation, motor sport. English teaching.

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  1. Thanks all. I don't get much time to do scrap art … still trying to keep up with the touristy stuff at the daily demos. Visitor numbers have dropped markedly recently though, so I may be able to do more junk sculpture. The crocodile I did for last year's local show gets a lot of attention at our museum. Now, I need to think of something to create for this year's show.
  2. Just a funny bird put together with scrap from around the workshop. The bit of bike sprocket for the crown and the curly neck 'feathers' give her a regal look. I call her Princess.
  3. Been running a bit short of mild steel for demos, so resorted to some rebar. I've come to quite like working rebar - it comes in a variety of sizes, different patterns and polishes well. And I still think it makes the best snakes!
  4. Loads of wrought here, Bonnskij. Very happy to give you some to play with.
  5. Nice work on those small knives, mate. Would like to see one in person. Take a drive up the range to my forge at Herberton Historic Village and we'll compare ideas. Lots of old steel here (and wrought iron) if you need some.
  6. After two weeks of waiting we now have the internet back. Good to catch up with some of the posts I have missed. Thanks to Brasso, for posting this during our dark ages.
  7. Thanks for posting the video and photo Morris. This is from my phone ... it does some strange things. Hope to have internet back at home by end of month. Telstra is being a pain.
  8. We are not doing too badly here in the tropics, but our hearts go out to those caught up in the 'mega blaze' (journo term) in the southern states. We do have serious fires up here from time to time, but not as explosive as those being experienced at present. A firefighter said that the concentration of eucalypt oils is much higher down there, and those crown fires and ember attacks are just unstoppable. We count our blessings here in the north, where we have more rainforest trees and a wetter climate. And I concur totally with Marc's comments about hazard reduction burning. Don't want to make anything political out of this tragedy, but the Greens have a lot to answer for, and their time will come a the next election. Meanwhile the fires go on and on. We thank those of you on the other side of the world for your concern and kind thoughts.
  9. Thank you all for the pictures and comments. I think the 1/2" stock seems the best, and the higher tensile, the better. I'm inspired to make a whopper out of a torsion bar.
  10. But doesn't the whole piece vibrate to make the sound, rather than each arm independently? Something to try though. Thanks.
  11. Had a request for a dinner triangle thing. Chose some 8mm stainless for the first try but the resonance was less than I expected. Looks nice, but a bit tinny. A larger one made from a higher tensile steel about 12mm had a pretty loud ring. Anyway, got to thinking … who made triangles the boss of dinner bells? Why don't you see other shapes? (Maybe triangles are the easiest to make.) And what steel is the best? Tried a few different steels - mild, stainless, wrought, but found that by far the best was spring steel from an old car coil spring. Rather than straighten it out and make a triangle, the curls themselves make a very strident bell. The picture shows a couple of my experimental 'gongs' and my testing set up. The heavy coil spring stock had the most satisfactory resonance. These are just test ones - obviously they could be enhanced with scrolls, twists etc. I would really like to see others' designs for dinner triangles/gongs/bells, whatever you like to call them. And what other factors have you found that affect resonance? Whether the steel is quenched to a brittleness, or allowed to normalise, the length of the vibrating 'arms', thickness of metal, etc. The method of hanging is important too. A light twine or fine leather strip works well but chains don't.
  12. Here's another take on the old longhorn bull. The horns make good holders for keys.
  13. Made a few toast forks with these leaf wrap handles. Stock was old 8mm rebar. Knock the old concrete off and they polish up pretty well. People like recycled stuff. Quick and easy.
  14. Jennifer, as you would know, pricing work is always tricky. You want things to sell, but you know how long things like this take to make. I have found these card holders sell at $85. That's Australian dollars of course, which would be around about $60 in your money.