Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Plastic Bag of Lemons


Plastic Bag of Lemons
Oil on linen mounted on MDF

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dead Shag



On one of my beach walks I found this magnificent Shag, just lying there still warm, but obviously quite dead. There were no signs of distress or damage so I assume it just died of natural causes. I brought it home and made this painting of it. I had to keep spraying the flys and by the time I had finished it was starting to smell a fair bit! It ended up being a study in black.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Building a Stratocaster Guitar


I love guitars, and I also like making things, so in recent years I've combined these two passions in the obvious way - making guitars!  So far I've made three classical guitars and one solid body Les Paul type guitar.  This time I wanted to make a Stratocaster guitar - the strat is the one everybody thinks of when they think of an electric guitar.




I had a couple of blocks of old recycled kauri timber and I thought it would be nice to have a guitar made of kauri.  I had to join three pieces to have a big enough piece for a body.  I used epoxy resin and clamped the sections together.  I then made a template from my plan, and marked out the shape of the body and used a bandsaw to roughly cut the shape out.



I then used a router to finish the edges and marked out where all the various pockets for the hardware needed to go before routing them out.

I then tryed to round the edges with the router but it felt uncomfortable and wasn't doing a good job so I decided to gp the "old school" way using a spokeshave and rasps and lots of sanding. I much prefer using handtools than powertools and I enjoyed carving and shaping the body!