22 August 2011

Deliver Quick

You can mail-order a queen bee. She comes in a wooden box, bunged up with a dowell and a blob of honey for the in-flight meal. I think that is amazing. In the mail? Really? Years ago I made a series of Queen Bee Delivery Boxes. ( You know, art-school project) English Box wood (fitting) with little finger joints and zinc swing tags. Actual Real Original bee boxes on the left. (much cooler than mine... and I was only given a"pass" for this project too...;"not enough metal")

19 August 2011


Great cladding. Better than Gehry's Gugg? Imagine this on a huge scale...

17 August 2011

13 August 2011


The 'Rillaton' Gold cup. Early Bronze Age.
Dug up by diggers, in 1837, and then handed over to the Crown. 
I've read that King Edward(?) had it on his dresser, you know, to put his collar buttons in. And probably spare change, car keys, a usb stick, old Fisherman's Friends and lint.

You'll be glad it is now on permanent loan to The Museum, where its volumes are filled only with the inquisitive gaze of Museum-Goers.
I sort of enjoyed the story that it was once used so flippantly. Would be fun to have a go, Peabody style.
It would not be good to eat yoghurt out of– too many corrugations– but might be perfect for...
Bib, the Michelin Man?

11 August 2011


Ja, hvordan kan jeg fĂ„ en?
Well I only made one.
Yes, you may have it.

8 August 2011

...he preferrs turnips?

Curius Dentatus was a Roman guy who turned down a swag of gold payola, saying he
"preferred turnips".
That's whats happening in all these pitchas- him saying that to all the gold-bearing flunkies.
(so, did they come back with a load of turnips? - I bet he caved then!)

 Now, it could just be that I've never had an optimally-roasted turnip– but I prefer gold.

5 August 2011


...is an unusual word. (skip down to the bold if you dont care)
I suppose it is onomatopoeic- that is, it sounds like what it is. Tinging or banging.
I wonder if the name of the metal Tin has a shared root? The eymology of "tin" is a bit hazy:
the english tin, from the german zinn, from the latin stannum, which is possibly from the cornish stean
(Cornwall being a major source of Roman tin). Well now, that's ouroboric, if true. (like a snake eating itself).
But, regarding onomatopoeia, tin is a soft metal that probably doesnt go "ting" when you hit it, really- although it is said to "cry" when  snapped.
But I digress...
There's quite a bit of tintinnabulation involved in the making of jewellery and holloware.
So to avoid tinnitus (permanant ringing in the ears + hearing loss) it is advisable for the smith to wear earmuffs for noise over 70dB.
Earmuffs cover the whole ear- thus protecting against acoustic shock through the back of your ear (skull) too, not just the ear-hole per se.
So if you dont want to ruin Beethoven for yourselves, you'll wear them when firing a canon or hammering, ok?
Anyway... I need some new earmuffs. (aka ear defenders)
I'm wanting passive earmuffs- just the simple, non-electronic type.
I dont want to being changing the... (warning: rebus ahead)

Here are my options so far, let me know if you have any recommendations etc.,:

Beretta, made by Peltor/ 3M. Too... tactical?
("dont wear drab unless you've served" is a maxim ringing in my ears) 
Nevertheless, I think Peltor is the market leader, good technology, clean lines.

Howard Leight folders. Neat. Great for a Tokyo apartment, or campaign-style silversmithing.

Purdey- again with the hunting/ milspec aesthetic. Yeah, yeah- I know... 
but I dont want Hi-Viz or acid blue, see? -actually I see they are made by... "Deben"?;
Ill just search for a non-re-branded version... ok... yes, they are cheaper. Hmm.

Well then, how about a Peltor X Goldensmith collabo in Pantone colorways?
3M marketing peeps?
For a more peaceful-like rebranding?
All you bangers want some goodlooking, excellent earmuffz right?

Milton Avery

3 August 2011

Tortoise sorts

Outside a shop

Inside a Hokusai.  (..."Ties torso" is an anagram of tortoise...)

2 August 2011


What I'm tilting at.

What casts a swiss-cheese shadow. ( perforé, por favor)

What is not The Sleeping Muse (but is a found bronze head)

What I Vandalised, (and is yet to be Visigothed)

What is a gold ring, by beautiful E.

1 August 2011

Matsuyani- Part II

Matsuyani is pine sap. 
Back in February, I harvested some from a wisened old pine tree.
Next I gently melted the pieces of hard sap in a pot. I've never done this before.
(Yes, I was very cautious about fumes and used a mask, and an exhaust fan)
This substance is like candy- hard when cool, very runny and sticky when hot.
I added a little plaster to the mix, for extra body, and a dash of vegetable oil for extra plasticity.
Almost the traditional Japanese recipe... which also calls for soot to make it black.
Possibly because my harvest was so impure- it came out glossy black all on its own.
There was quite a bit of bark and other dross in the molten mix.
So I 'borrowed' a nice sieve from Alice to strain it.

Being, as it was, around mid-morning– not the generally accepted time for sieving, you'll agree– I was most suprised when Alice poked her head in and said:
"...David?! Have you seen my sieve anywhere?"
"...Err.." was the reply.

Yep, tarred it up real good.  Like Noah's Ark.
There is now some doubt as to weather Alice will ever be making blancmange for me.
Unperturbed, and cool-headed (as ever) I poured the runny goop into a stone motar, and let it set.
Next episode, I will see if I can actually use it...

Wherein a Long mover Turns up and brightens the day