22 October 2010
Botanical models for scientific purposes:
made by The Incredible Blaschkas (though they also did work for royalty). These are made of glass, all handmade, lamp-worked. Amazing detail and colour. Years of work...
19 October 2010
Giorgetto Giugiaro designed a lot of cars, for just about everyone; Alfa, Bugatti, BMW, Ferrari, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Toyota, Ford and more- pretty much the whole alphabet!
Even the De Lorean of Back To The Future fame;
She has unpainted stainless steel panels. Scratches are simply buffed out ( great idea).
3 of them were 24k Gold plated- but all came out of the factory unpainted.
18 October 2010
In case you were wondering where all that pole lathe stuff from the last post was going;
Anyway, nice lathe work...
a taxonomic collection of Quistgaard pepper mills at Sam Kaufmann Gallery.
I wonder if there's any consensus on which is the best one? I might hire Malcom Gladwell to research this for me.
Watchmaker's hand lathe via FTJ.
Its not a steam-punk thing- dont pigeon-hole me. Its just a nice machine.
Pedal-powered ( fixed-gear too) scroll saw. FTJ ag'in.
Hard to imagine folks actually made such pretty machines.
Possibly because all the structural parts are cast-iron, dynamic curves become not only possible, but efficient and appropriate. Like how bones are structured inside?
The ol' disembodied-hands-doing-the-work-diagram.
Bow lathe and pole lathe. Making violin tuning pegs I think...
11 October 2010
A pole lathe re-enactment.
Powered by the foot-treadle + that long springy branch.
An Asterix and Obelix kind of situation!
Hand-carving a rifling guide- very impressive and resourceful.
The second picture shows the guide in use; the helical fluting is translated to a cutting tool inside the iron barrel. The lengths folks would go to eat birds for dinner!
source: contemporary makers
7 October 2010
Well, they are pretty amazing in terms of metalworking, very dynamic forming.
As to function, I guess there was a status thing going on.
Imagine this face-off:
"HAH! My ears are STUPENDOUS!!!!!!!!"