|Forum topic by Crash1302||posted 10-11-2016 12:36 PM||512 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-11-2016 12:36 PM
First off, I’ve never been good at selling myself or showing off anything I’ve made. I was a robotics programmer in a machine shop until I was diagnosed with diffuse scleroderma last year. Scleroderma, at least in my case, is turning my skin, cartilage, and muscle into scar tissue. Scar tissue doesn’t flex, so I’ve lost a lot of use of my hands. This meant I no longer had a place at the machine shop. My team of doctors diagnosed me as progressive and terminal, and I was fast-tracked through the disability process.
Anyway, my doctor suggested I find a suitable hobby to keep my spirits up and stay active. Being a machinist without a machine shop, I was at a loss. My brother brought a dremel, some bits and an old Chevy piston and asked if I could make a skull like one he had seen on facebook. No problem. 40 hours of cussing at the wrong bits, it turned out great. He posted some pictures on facebook and I made and sold a few.
Last week, I was cleaning in the shop (actually looking for inspiration), and ran across a 4×4 post and decided to try something on a larger scale. It only took about 4 hours, but I don’t think it’s too bad for my first attempt with junk wood. I got a little carried away and made it too dark.
My second attempt was a dragon head, also made from scrap 4×4. I’m pretty proud of this piece. I made a pocket underneath for cone incense and vented it up through the nostrils. I did a light burn to highlight the grain, airbrushed the teeth, then a coat of poly to seal it up.