Archive for October, 2015

Here are three sculptures I made for Kirklees Council some time ago. They are fabricated using mild steel and the Customer has had them galvanized.

Kirklees Sculptures 2

Here is my latest owl sculpture in my Customer’s garden – hopefully I will have another picture to post up once he is nicely rusted.

Ollie the Barn Owl

The owl’s toes (talons) are cut from 4mm steel rod.  The ends are shaped with a file while spinning the rod on the lathe.

Owl  feet 1

Next the toes are tacked together with weld

Owl  feet 2

I tapered two legs by grinding some 8mm rod with the angle grinder while spinning it with an old electric drill held in a vice.  (This could be done on the lathe but turning the taper would lead to a clinically precise taper and using the angle grinder over the lathe is a bad idea as the grinding dust is very bad for the lathe.)

The feet are then welded to the legs.  Once attached to the legs I give the toes a little natural shape by bending.  Here the finished feet are shown attached to the owl and the whole mounted on a small mounting plate which can be screwed down with countersunk wood screws.

Owl  feet 3

Here he (Ollie) is completed and ready for rusting.

Owl 1 Owl 2 Owl 3