... constantly working out the details...

... constantly working out the details...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the gap widens

So that gap is going to stretch into January. (Drag) I am having a show At kaiku gallery in February so we are doing a low temp melt in december for bronze and aluminum. The school wishes to maintain resin bonded sand which is cool, I have tracked down sand, (expensive) chemicals (also expensive) and Made flasking materials and other tools from scrap wood and metal lying around. I am going to buy a bag ofbentonite in december for green sand to meet the environmental criteria. During the down time, I have been up to some other nonsense, taking a play from the Stuart Kent Playbook and Carving some wood (a first for me) and helping some students disassemble a car for their steel project. It is worth mentioning that the work is entirely theirs. I was just the metals lecturer. It was lots of fun helping them though.

The fantasy comes to life.

So remember when I promised that I would keep folks up to date on my goings on? Hmm yeah, I meant like every two months. But here is a torrent of posts to keep things up to date. The school, is KuvA, www.kuva.fi, here is a picture of that.

Once we arrived, everyone has been awesome, and they showed me to the foundry (or what was to become the foundry) sadly it had been a carving studio and junk pile before that. here is what it looked like.

From there, I started the massive overhaul of the facilites and it turns out that there was a foundry under all that rubble, at least parts of one. With a bit of building and determination, we were able to get things up to snuff and ready to start.

adly, then the school came across a major budget shortfall. Things are all put on hold until that can be Ironed out.