I have to many things going on, one of them is the clay, I love the contradiction between the clay and the wood, one need to be cut, one so soft that it needs only a touch.
In the wood we have the rigid set of rules that we try to bend to give it beauty, in the clay it’s all bend and we need to try and put some rules to make it speak.
On Wednesdays I do nude model clay croquis.
It’s difficult, really, two times twenty minutes for each pose, no more no less and so you just need to be done when the model leaves. I love it and hate it – right from my heart!
When doing this I used to use my hands a lot for modeling, now I use almost only the palette knife and wire tools for shaping and then different modeling tools for details and difficult spots to reach.
I have a bunch, but needed out of love to make some my self.
This is what we are talking about, my box of clay tools.
I will tell more later, just needed to show a picture so you know what I am talking about.
Some scrap wood, here a arm from a hardwood parasol.
Cut to length on the table saw.
Then to shape on the band saw.
(Forgot to take the picture before final shaping, so put it back to show you).
Shaping on the Supersander wheel, like I do with my knifes.
I love this process.
Flat areas on the disc sander.
Finish up with scrapers and sand paper.
Then I burn my brand into them.
Here a little selection from that day.
Danish oil and wax.
On the right a bamboo knife and spoon I converted.
So here they are ready for use.
Bamboo or any wood spoons, forks and knifes can be converted easy.
Great for tiny details.
You can never have to many, but really you need only a few.
(A look into my box).
Here a set I made as a gift for a kind woman at croquis, she brought me home made snaps, so I thought it was fine to make her a little gift.
The latest I have made, now in new colors also. ;-)_o
Here some of my other stuff, little Japanese inspired clay toubako boxes, been told the Japanese call this clay discipline cabinet making…
Work in progress.
Mr & Miss.
Demon of vanity – who have given up hope.
You might also be interested in my Clay rolling and cutting board: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99038
Hope it can inspire others to make tools.
The best of my thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.