At a Bus stop near you?

Here's the start of a new project at the new workshop space in Sussex. These are the base cast moulds for the Newnham PC Bus stop seating.

The shutter moulds will be pour filled with smooth white finish concrete. You can see the top of the stainless steel stud mountings in the bottom of the mould (top of base block). The base elements will then be dug into and set into the the banking in front of the brick capped flint wall.

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We will post some more images when we complete the castings.

Due for installation - April 2009. Newnham, E. Kent, U.K.

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Other new projects coming soon into the creation schedule;

Glass top dining table with cherry wood frame.

Waiting area seating and chairs for Hancocks jewellers, Burlington Arcade, London

Trees to chairs.

In the beginning it's all about trees... Here is a fine board of walnut at the workshop, which will become seat bases for the next pair of chairs in the creation schedule. The following images shows the start of all the components. In this instance, cleaving  fine stems of good straight ash.

In order to bake the best cake, one must of course have the best ingredients!

Art concrete!

Opening the moulds of the base settings for the latest sculptural work. The smooth cast 750 mm dia disc will be flush set at grass level on site whilst the 550 H x 350 sq base setting block will be positioned centrally on the disc setting. This gives a strong & grounded visual base to the sculptural work whilst at the same time creating an easy maintenance/grass cutting solution.

Installation of complete work will take place some time toward the end of next week.

(see also 2.5m i drop! sculptures & installation - posted earlier in this blog)

You can see the hollow cast structure of the setting block - we used strong cardboard boxes, you can see the really sumped distortion of the cardboard in the concrete, more about this in the future. You can also make out the only brief glimpse of the sunshine of the day illuminating the hollow.  The residue of the white grease release agent is still visible on the castings.

Also hear is an image of the current pond pump seating project - inserting the stainless steel fillet joints.

From the seat in all directions!

So, here is the start of the carving & framing of a new Nimm kei chair. Firstly, carving the basic saddle seat hollowing from the seat blank. In this instance I have used an 'arbortech' You can see this tool lying to the right side of the bench in the 1st couple of images. It is a rotary cutter attachment that fits to a standard angle grinder. I do from time to time still advocate the use of an 'adze' for seat hollowing. This is rather like a cross between a heavy gouge and an axe. In this instance I reach for the arbortech as there is much hollowing to be done, not only on the top side, the underside leading edges & scoops, plus other seat blanks to hollow.

The 2nd image above also shows the steam bent components used in arm rest & arm posts.

Next the arm posts junctions into the seat are created. After this the leg joints into the seat are made. The images show the 1st fitting of the arm posts & the drilling of the rear leg sockets. This is done with a 'brace & bit' - a hand operated device that allows slow, controlled & accurate - sight to 'bevel & map' drilling.

Fitting of front legs to follow, then invariably will come more styling, shape & magic form finding!

Meanwhile on the otherside of the workshop we've been busy with the concrete mixer creating the smooth cast block & disc setting for this sculptural form. Will post some images of the mould opening soon. 550 H block @ 350 sq to be placed on a flush set disc 750 dia. You can see the mock up in the images.