Monday, December 22, 2008

Side project III continued

Back at my parents place and the wood shop. Wooden arms for the Björn action figure in the making. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lego project

Me and my daughter decided we wanted to build something with all our Lego pieces in to one single... thing. She got tired of the building part quite soon but made these two little persons out of clay who lived in the thing and started to make up stories about them as I continued building...

Truly a perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Side projekt III

My buddy Björn is a rock star (drummer of excellent band Freak Kitchen) so therefore he should have an action figure.

I have never done an action figure before and I have'nt done much clay modeling since I went to art school 25 years ago so, plenty of trial and error on this one. I tried a brand of modeling clay that could be hardened in the owen. Unfortunally it was too sturdy to work with so I settled for flour clay. Cheap, always at hand and I could easily adjust the thickness by adding more water or flour. The first wire skeleton was to weak though and the flour clay too sticky so my first attempt ended up in a messy little lump. I noticed that the flour clay is unable to carry it's own weight so if I build it too thick it would slowly start sliding off. At last I made this really sturdy skeleton and started build it up in segments. Building and baking, buildling and baking... In my attempt to make it as steady as possible I made the feet a bit too big. but hey! it's steady now.

One of the arms eventually went broken. Like I kind of knew it would -the elbow joint's a weak spot. Apparently baked flour clay is not well suited for moving parts - it cracks easily. So I will make new, wooden arms as fast as I get to my parents place and the wood shop during the holidays.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Side projekt II

I built this as gift for my good friends Lina and Per who got married this summer. Originally a drawing (based on a sketch from years ago) that I made for their invitation card. I thought a clockwork tandem bike was a good metaphor for the concept of marriage. A delicate machinery but yet powerful, if carefully maintained, and if the partners are agreed about the direction.

Clever huh? And yes, I had a great time building it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Side project I continued

My long time buddy and work space companion, the ever so generous Jerker Andersson gave me a digital camera the other day (!). So here's a couple of more pictures.Thanks J!

The black hardboard pickguard will eventually be replaced with white or grey pearloid. That'll be so sweet!

And; Yes, "Jerker" is a quite common Swedish name; Skandinavian form of "Eric".

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Side project I

Spent a few good weeks in dad´s woodshop this summer building two lap steel guitars. They're hollow bodies sort of like an ES 335 with a solid piece troughout the hole length of the guitar and some hollowness on the sides. Neck and sides are made out of birch. Top and back is pine. Maybe not the types of wood a luthier would recommend but it sounds ok to me - and, I can point out the spot, in my parents yard, where the birch stood. If I ever do another one I will make sides, top and back thinner to see if I can squeeze some more acoustic volume out of it.

I had a great time building them. Now I have to learn how to play...

Thanks Anders J for glue and support. Thanks dad.