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About ausfire

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  • Birthday 11/17/1951

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    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. Yes, they are in great demand. The thing is, every one is different and I always want to keep them.
  2. Ha Ha. Nice one. He's got a lot more character than the resin ones you buy in Bunnings!!
  3. I agree. You never know what is going to show up here. Creative thinking there, 58!
  4. I don't like the parts inside much - some dodgy metal there. But I do use sewing machines - good for perching crazy birds on...
  5. JHCC: That's why I chose that particular file. Of course, I could call him Wilt in accordance with Wiltshire on the other side. olf: I think you would do more damage to the shoe!
  6. Hmmm. Thongs. Different meaning, depending where you come from.
  7. I can sympathise with Foundryman. We, too, had to get rid of a LOT of stuff to make room for new developments - not quite his 250 years worth, but a lot all the same. I took home what I could but you have to draw the line somewhere. Some things were just too heavy and I don't own a crane at home. I saved all the mild steel useful pieces or interesting shapes, but let a lot of the wrought iron go to scrap. I saved a heap of long wrought inch diameter bolts and a few long bars that might make good table legs or something. I find it welds nicely and brushes to a nice texture, but it is NOT my best friend in the forge. Not unless you're making toothbrushes. So, yes, sometimes you have to walk away for practical reasons, even though your heart bleeds.
  8. Das, put those two clutch forks together, one reversed above the other and you have the makings if a great crocodile head.
  9. I found a clutch fork in the scrap and it immediately suggested the body of a scorpion. The nippers are a couple of pairs of Wiss snips and a bit of old bike chain makes the tail. Rebar in the forge forms the legs. The third pic is after a clear coat was applied. The sting (Pic 4) is interesting - it's the handle end of a 12" bastard file, and maybe that has just given me an idea for a name for this one.
  10. Beautiful, spectacular work. Nice that the customer gave you such a glowing endorsement. That should go in your portfolio too. I see the electrical wires in your early photos, but they are well concealed in the finished product. Very professional work.
  11. Thanks JME - we do get some big mozzies where I am. Real bloodsuckers. I did make a giant one some years ago with a proboscis made from a double barrelled shotgun. There's a pic posted on the site somewhere. I called it my big gun mosquito. Jasent: Thanks, these things are fun to do. Das. Yes, the shears are good for many things. I often use them for bird beaks, either sideways or vertically. I get them from the dump all the time as people accidentally dump them with the prunings. Frosty: Yeah, just a midget one in comparison. Some of ours are brown too, but I thought the black gave him an aggressive look. Nice Idea about screwing one into a post by the proboscis. I remember a cartoon where Huckleberry Hound (Yes, that's a while back) was pursued by a bunch of mozzies and he slammed the door to stop them. They pierced the door with their bitey bits and he hammered them over on the other side of the door. They don't make kids' cartoons like that anymore. Thomas: Yeah, or fending off a swatter as in Das's fly sculpture.
  12. Ha Ha! A zillion ideas Frosty. Just give me more than 24 hours in a day!
  13. Excellent blacksmithing aside, I think that house is magnificent. The beefy timbers and the riverstone work are just beautiful. And the blacksmith pieces complement the natural look perfectly.
  14. To paint or not to paint? I usually leave my metal sculptures unpainted but decided to give this mosquito a black finish. The body is a heavy spring tapered in the forge. head is a big bike chain link, wing parts are garden shear blades and angle iron, legs are light reo and the bitey bit is a wood screw. He can stand in two positions, but I like it best in the bite position with the rear legs swept upwards, as they do. Here he is:
  15. It's nice to have a son who works as a fitter/turner for a mining company. He gets lots of this stuff and hands it on to me. The ball bearings are from pump repairs, the washers and coach screws are from the packing cases that pumps come shipped in. And lots of punching slugs. The bigger balls are 30mm.Heaps of sculpture parts there: