Thursday, 28 July 2011

Rosliston Camera Obscura 5

Day 5.
The finished piece.
Onscreen image.
The door.
In situ

Rosliston Camera Obscura 4

Day four, the turf is laid and the door is started.

Rosliston Camera Obscura 3

Day 3 and the turf is being cut and laid

Rosliston Camera Obscura 2

After the second day we had this fabulous structure, the wind blew the string and magic was in the air.

Rosliston Camera Obscura

Another 'Breath of Fresh Air' Project. This time at Rosliston Forestry Centre in Derbyshire.
The camera obscura has been made from hazel, sisal and turf, with a lens and screen. The project has been over 5 days with members of the general public booking into workshops and of course through traffic and help from many others. The help and support has been over whelming and the structure came together really well. The weather held and off we went.

Friday, 15 July 2011


The process making desk.

Page from sketchbook

The primarily drawing for the sculpture below.

Archimedes Rings Home

Probably the last in this 'noise making series' as I am off to Rosliston next week to create a camera obscura as part of the 'Breath Of Freah Air' Projects.
This one you turn the knob and the little cups hit the metal twanger and it clicks its way around.
The wood is elm for a change. Old and knarled.

Bookends Bowed

Cut from the same piece of oak, these two stringed instruments sound great when bowed.
Notice the piano casters for feet.


From the twin of the thumb piano comes Ringading. To be gently tapped with bespoke hitters these steel disks hold their sound for a long while.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Thumb Piano

Yes that's right another one. The archetypal thumb piano in the Fairfax style.
Lettercarving workshop tomorrow on the Blackdowns in Young Wood, terrific last time imagine the same again.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bass Tremolo

Okay, yesterday you saw it in progress, now it has been made. I really like this one, the sound of the vibrating bass string is just so good, oh what a noise and of course the plucked metal at the top, rather lovely, one can get some good sounds out of this. I will trying and record some of the sounds these things make and put them up on the site. Charred oak and hazel.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Workings in the studio

More things being made. This has two listening ear pieces at the side, so as to enable the listening to the vibrations of the large piano string which can be struck with a special implement. (yet to be made)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Come Zither

So I have this show in september for SAW at Simon Lee Dicker's new gallery in West Coker The Old School Room....A chance for some new work and a new approach, making things that can possibly be played, so the next few weeks more pieces will hopefully appear on the blog and an update of all that is happening. Reuben Katz very kindly let me have some old piano bits and these I will exploit and play with. The 'Come Zither' is played with a violin bow and screeches a treat.