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This sculpture started out with me wanting to explore the art of knifemaking, and ended up as something straight out of a streetfight between Irish gangs in 19th century New York. I got to use some of my favorite materials (teak wood, date nails, leather, steel), as well as geek out on hardware, making the brass bushings and steel links out of scratch. But my favorite part was seeing how it evolved from day to day. Unlike my earlier years as an artist, I now make very few sketches of my work, preferring to envision a thing in my mind, and to allow the energy of the present moment to provide the direction. This piece is a great example of that.


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Techniques Used

i Woodworking
ii Metalworking
iii Bricolage
iv Knifemaking
v Leatherworking

Materials Used

i Teak from boat diving platform
ii Railroad date nails from 1927
iii Diablo circular saw blade
iv Brass tube stock for custom bushings
v Steel stock for custom links
vi Leather
vii Brass rivets
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