Friday, June 17, 2011

Work Continues

Work on the Garden Boat commission continues. Things ebb and flow, some days I get a lot done others not so much. It's hot in the shop and I need to take frequent breaks to keep my self going. Right now things are beginning to get really exciting. After completing much of the frames for the boats I am in the creative mode of building. It's free-er and less restrictive as I add on fins and ribs and other elements. I am almost finished with one of the six footers and well into one of the four footers. By early next week I will have one each of the 2, 4 and 6 footers and they will be good (role) models for the rest of the family of boats.
A four footer in progress.

Fin detail
Cutting into that lovely fresh piece of 11 gauge stainless sheet was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. My wood fin templates are working well. Since stainless is so hard and bitch to grind I want the plasma cuts to be as perfect as possible. I have found that I actually like the added hardness as it hold edges much better and it less likely to over-grinding. 

A six footer, in progress, next to a completed 2+ footer.
Last weekend was spent on the road doing the 10 hour (each way) drive back and forth from Ormond Beach to pick up my latest show. It was a very nice show and very nice people who ran it. However, in the future I know that unless I can get covered for my travel I will not be doing an exhibition. Too expensive. I will be asking a lot more pointed questions in the future about sales as well. Just because a curator says that there is a "major possibility of sales" doesn't mean a hoot as I am finding out.

This weekend I am happy to be home all weekend! I will be in the shops all weekend long and will get a lot of work accomplished!

1 comment:

  1. Ms Torres,

    A friend of mine who is a student in one of your classes linked me to this blog recently. I just wanted to say that I am very impressed with the work you're doing. You show an obviously high degree of craftsmanship and it's simply refreshing to see art, especially metalwork, that forgoes the far end of the abstract spectrum and remains cemented in reality if not otherwise serving some kind of functional purpose. Reading your posts about building the "alligator bench" was fascinating.

    I know this probably seems like an odd comment, but as someone who recently dropped out of art school out of frustration from an utter over-saturation of "abstract" and "expressive" work I really must say that it's heartening to see that there are still a few actual craftsmen passing their skills on in a field they seem to rapidly be losing hold of.

    Keep up the great work!