High Wire Pull

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I spent today putting the final touches on the High Wire Mechanical Theatre so that it will be ready for Portland Open Studios next weekend.  I had to restring the pulls on the actual #6 ball chain (the working model chain is all coupled together) and took pictures to show construction.  The pulls have great
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A Bird in a Glove

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Moving onto making the flock for the White Bird Black Bird Mechanical Theatre the last two days.  When I first started carving small birds my hands and fingers were covered with small cuts.  To carve Alaskan Yellow Cedar cleanly your tools have to be razor sharp and a brush with a blade draws blood.  Getting blood on your work is almost
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Stick Picking

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In the northwest people that pick greenery for florists are known as brush pickers.  I need branches, not greenery.  The easiest place for me to mine is my back yard.  The new piece in progress is called Black Bird / White Bird and it has a lot of branches.  The best branches have 3 trunk intersections
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Pull

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Pulls for me are typically the last part of a piece of work be it furniture or mechanical artwork.  Furniture is a style decision - mechanical works have to have weight + design as the pull for the Cloud Shaft did.  I hollowed out the inside of this pull and filled it with #9 lead shot which is a great
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