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

Next job is to cut and bend the bars for the body and to weld them to the face.  Making the bars is a little bit trial and error in that I don’t have a template to work to.  I check the shape against pictures as I go.  I am very pleased with the way this has come out.



Next job is to make some feet and legs and then, finally, a plate to mount the owl (Ollie) on.

The eyes are formed on the ends of a short piece of bar using my lathe

Owl face 1

Then the eyes are separated from the bar

Owl face 1a

…..and welded to the eye brows.

Owl face 2

Shaping the face can be a bit tricky – my first attempt, using an off-cut of rod I found under my bench, came out too small.  I draw around the face on a piece of paper and then flip the face over and offer it up to the marked line to make sure the face is symmetrical.

Owl face 3

The beak is formed from a piece of 2mm sheet, slit at the bottom, curved and then welded to form the hook at the bottom of the beak.  Then the eyebrows are welded to the back of the beak together with the rod that will connect the whole to the face.

Owl face 4

Finally the beak and eyes are welded into the face.

Owl face 5

….and here they are completed.

Evolution of flowers 4

Stems welded to the back of the flowers.

Evolution of flowers 3

Flower heads welded together using my guide ring (left) to hold the petals at the right diameter for welding.

Evolution of flowers 2

Petals cut with the plasma cutter and then dished using a solid steel ball and my special forming tool (pictured top right, with the ball, and with a flat petal in place ready for dishing).

Nails welded into flat washers to make stamen using my former (pictured mid right with a few nails dropped in).

Evolution of flowers 1

Here are a couple of pictures of an owl I made for a customer in Yorkshire. They have a spotlight underneath the sculpture which brings it alive at night.

Yorkshire Ollie 1 scaled Yorkshire Ollie 2 scaled