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I think it will work?

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I am nearly past the doubting Thomas phase of construction for the new mechanical theatre.  The fear I had was that the spiderweb of trusswork would be too unwieldy to put together and would not lend enough rigidity to the piece as a whole.  It is always seriously awkward trying to connect up the metal work and
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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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