As part of encouraging me to learn all the bells and whistles on my new camera (a Sony A580, and very nice thank you), I joined a three-evening photography course - the focus was land and seascapes. But on the second night course organiser Simon Woolf provided a burning red piano, not-at-all tortured musician Shaun Preston and several perfectly photogenic models for us to photograph. The final night of the course there was a dinner and a slideshow; it was fascinating to see how 20 people, all in the same place photographing the same thing still managed to come up with completely different images. Anyyyyway, these are the ones I submitted for review.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
I spent this weekend at a two-day workshop with the amazing carver Owen Mapp – learning to make small tools suitable for bone carving. He bought a selection of tools to show us, mostly examples that he’d made, but also some neolithic bone tools (I don’t think I’ve ever held a ‘made thing’ so old before). He also showed us some fabulous carved objects, most with great stories behind either their creation or discovery.
My own humble tool making efforts are pictured below; two small knives and three gravers of different sizes. I tried out a variety of woods for handles and for the blades used a mix of new commercial blanks, and (for the two on the left) an old rusty file I found in the shed. I particularly enjoyed shaping finger holds on the linisher, and making something that will fit my puny hand perfectly.
Next month, another workshop with Owen, this one a whole weekend of bone carving. Although, I suspect I won’t be able to resist trying out my new tools before then . . .
I’ve been making some “less than half” masks – some manly character noses for stage use. This one is going really quite large. Pics here of the clay sculpt, and then after being draped in a low temperature thermoplastic – I used Instamorph, heated and rolled into sheets, then dipped in boiling water for draping. Now comes the trimming, painting and the adding of moustaches to this and other noses I’ve made in the last few days.