Gunnery Sergeant Ayers

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 04-10-2015 08:58 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second off the cuff ‘left-over-pieces’ sculpture. The bits and pieces came out of my scrap box and I arranged them in a manner pleasing to me. This one is a little more ‘mechanical’ than my first because it incorporates bits of metal and some added screws. Because of that I added some ‘electro-mechanical’ symbology with ink just for giggles. I call this one ‘Gunnery Sergeant Ayers’ because of the colors in it. The colors are the Marine Corps red and gold (yellow) and Gunnery Sergeant Ayers was my most beloved and memorial ‘Gunny’ during my time in the Corps. Anyone who is a marine knows the nuts and bolts of all field operations are actually run by Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeants, with their First Sergeants watching over things as interested observers and seldom interfering, at least not in front of the troops.

As this arrangement came together I realized the previously painted pieces had colors – through no plan or prior intention – which reminded me of the Corps, and somehow specifically of Gunnery Sergeant Ayers for some odd reason, hence the title.

it is a challenge for me to get decent photos of anything finished with a high-gloss varnish. I tried this one both indoors and outside, but always had the unwanted highlights. I may do one or two more of these as the inspiration strikes. The reasons are because they are fun, and my wife just loves them. Since she has been very sick I am doing all I can to keep her cheered up, and it seems to be working.

The frame is hand-milled mahogany and the rest an assortment of various other mostly hardwoods, straight out of my saved scrap box.

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#1 posted 04-11-2015 02:15 AM

Looks good.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 04-11-2015 04:25 AM

Very interesting piece Erik.
I know the problems of photographing glossy projects. It can drive oh nuts.

My best wishes for a speedy recovery for your wife.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 04-11-2015 02:35 PM

That is an interesting project and will be a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-11-2015 04:55 PM

I hope your wife is doing better.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 06:49 PM

always interesting to see how fellow LJ’s use their off-cuts.
Echoes of a stripped-down weapon in your artwork.
Best wishes for your wife.

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