Friday, April 29, 2011


Who doesn't love the lines and implications of a chainsaw. A local friend and small engine mechanic who often barters metalwork for repairs to all my small engines donated these chainsaw heads that were destined for the scrap heap. I'm not sure If I'm going to reassemble them or just clean them up and turn them into lamps. Check out Don's cool Youtube channel where he posts videos on engine repairs. He also takes repair questions from viewers and will try to make a short video on how to complete the task. A very cool Idea. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fire Poker Day

With winter in Muskoka not quite over yet I decided to 
warm up the shop today with the forge and banged out a few 
fire poker designs.

Twist samples

A selection of some railing pickets I have used in railings. 
Most are either 1" or 3/4" square stock. The pictures 
don't do them justice.

Jewelry Making

Last weekend my daughter Gretta her friend Nicole came to the workshop 
to make some jewelry. This is a short Photo essay of the day we had.

First we drew out a few ideas.

 Cutting the metal.

Sanding the sharp edges








Attaching the findings.

All Done!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pine Lodge Inn

A railing and door treatment I did for the Pine Lodge Inn, located in Port Sydney ON.

Aluminum Sculpture

Annie Veitch (another talented Muskoka artist), and I worked on this commissioned piece together. Made from aluminum, with copper accents, It stands over 6' tall. It will eventually sit on a piece of granite and be lit from the base.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spark Plug Lamp

I've made some changes to the spark plug lamp. It could be used as either a pendant light or a small table lamp. Look for it shortly.

Hanging Propeler Lamp

A hanging pendant light I assembled from a damaged prop and a safety 
cage from a movie set. The prop comes from the same motor as the original Skeg lamp. It's my goal to use as many piece's from the motor as possible. Look for the carb wall sconces shortly.

Copper Lily Pads

Hand hammered copper lily pad samples for a set of fireplace surrounds.

A view of the shop

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Genius of Design

If you get a chance, there is a five part  mini-series from the BBC called the Genius of Design. If you have ever wondered about the processes and history  of design I highly recommend this series. It covers everything from the arts and crafts movement, Tiger tank, to why your Bauhaus Chair is so uncomfortable.