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Project by Arthouse posted 348 days ago 1621 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across an antique sling blade and decided to make a single wing fan plane out of it. I found two hood ornaments that came off an old studebaker . They had a hollow inside with a plastic nose. I went to several places to find small lights to fit inside the hood ornaments but couldn’t find them from a lighting company . I went to an auto parts company and found Leed lights that go into dashboards that were 110 and didn;t need a transformer . I then fashioned the lights and welded a fuselage to hold a small sling blade I made with two wings to match the two light pieces. Again to see it oscillate and move with lights is mesmerizing . I think I might have invented a new category for Art these vintage fan planes fit into. Found kinetic sculpture. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart





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SirFatty

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#1 posted 348 days ago

nice work, but not really a wood project… more of a blog entry I think.

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jap

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#2 posted 348 days ago

Sweet!

-- Joel

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#3 posted 348 days ago

Great skills, but I have to agree with SirFatty – this isn’t a project made of wood and therefore isn’t appropriate for this forum. You DID click “agree” to that rule after all…......

I would be perfect, however, in a blog.

Keep up the fantastic work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 348 days ago

Great looking fan plane. Not wanting to start an argument, but that looks like what I would call a scythe,
used for cutting wheat and other crops. Great idea on the lights, Radio Shack also has them. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 348 days ago

Question:

Do any of these creations just Fly away before you can get the final finish on them? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Arthouse

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#6 posted 348 days ago

Joe, this was sold to a man in Odessa Tx. It was finished the night before a show it was only twelve hours old before it was sold the next day. Yes they all fly away before I have time for closure. In another words they fly off the shelf quickly. That is why I am making them my first love is woodworking not metal . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Spoontaneous

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#7 posted 348 days ago

“Some people call it a Sling Blade. I call it a Kaiser blade.” MmmmmHmmm (My best ‘Karl’ voice.) Nice piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 348 days ago

I just wanna say that these fans you make fascinate the hell outta me! I love these things!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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natenaaron

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#9 posted 348 days ago

Where are you getting these old fans from?

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Heavy

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#10 posted 348 days ago

Not from wood but its pure awesome art! Nice one!

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 348 days ago

Arthouse
Yes they all fly away before I have time for closure. In another words they fly off the shelf quickly.

Very good!

It’s that they are aeronautically correct as they Fly away so fast!

Where do you get all of those old Fans?!
... keeping an eye open on Trash Day?

COOL… Glad it’s working for you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 347 days ago

Fan Cy

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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ken_c

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#13 posted 347 days ago

i like this one better than the last – nice job and nice recycling. Next time put a Popsicle stick on it to shut the “non-wood” complainers up ;-)

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MrFid

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#14 posted 347 days ago

Comment 7 one of the best films of all time I think. “I love you, boy.” Man enough to admit that that line makes me tear up a little. Neat project.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Marty Smoley

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#15 posted 347 days ago

I love it. Wood or not. You did post ones made of wood, so this fits with the whole idea of the planes. I really love the repurposing. Do you post these somewhere else that they can be viewed? That way if you don’t post any here we can still see them. I’ve started posting my projects on Facebook. And might on Etsy. And do you have a stock pile of the old fans or do you build these as you come across them?

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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