Anvil Art

I found this homemade anvil on the internet the other day.anvil

I was amazed that the whole thing had been made from a piece of rail road track. Now I have seen a lot of anvils made from rail road track in my travels, but this one is a work of art!

And the stand looks great too.

To all you blacksmiths out there… the gauntlet has been thrown down by this guy…whoever he is.

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All They Needed Was a Pole….Art All Around You

I found another piece of art hiding in the “regular” world.

And I am adding it to the “Find Art Where It Is” project list.

It is just a column in front of a store, but no, they took the time to make it nice!

And that makes it art.

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Just look, art is everywhere. We just have to find it.

 

If you see some, I would love to have you share it with me.

Contact me a steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the form below.

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The Big Cow Bell

drum circle logoAs some of you know, we have started a Drum Circle in Jacksonville.

We were looking for something fun and different to do and a drum circle came up in the conversation.

And now some of you will be saying “what is a Drum Circle?”  A drum circle is just a bunch of folks getting together and playing drums.  Mostly hand drums, and just having a good time.

I had seen the large on in Asheville several times and thought it would be a blast to be part of one… so we did it!

Our first time was a great success and we had as many as 25 people playing at one time.  The downtown area of Jacksonville has not heard that kind of noise since the native people lived here.

Well, not being able to leave well enough alone… I decided the 4 inch cow bell was not good, nor loud, enough.  And, as some of you, you cannot have enough cow bell.

So, being that I am a metal worker…I made a bigger one!

And those of you who know me know, I could not just make a regular one. It had to be some kind of funky design.

So here you go;

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It is kind of big… like 20 inches… and makes a lot of noise.

Maybe not great for the orchestra, but for the drum circle… perfect.

So if you would like to give it a try, follow us on twitter at

@whererthedrums.

(because we are going to move out location each time)

And we soon will have a Facebook page… I’m just too busy making important changes to the orchestral instrument supply to get it done right now.

As always, let me know what you think by  emailing me at;

steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

or using the form below…

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The Show Opens Tomorrow

I have been invited to be part of a 4 person show at the Arts Council in Jacksonville.   And the opening reception is tomorrow!

Friday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30.

We are celebrating the sights you can see in North Carolina.

I will be showing with three fantastic 2D artist, Karen Edwards, Stephen Greer, and BF Reed.

If you have not seen their work…you must be falling short of your life’s goals!!!  I am very excited to have been invited to show with such talented folks.

I will be showing 5 pieces from my “Taking Flight” series.  They are all pieces designed to celebrate the freedom of breaking free.  You will see the freedom of butterflies, the escape of baby sea turtles from their sandy nest, pelicans riding the air currents over the swells … and more.

 

Here is a sneak peek at one of the pieces as I was trying to arrange the butterflies on their driftwood base.

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It will be a wonderful show and all four of us would love to see you at the opening Friday, June 5.

 

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The Idle Minds of Metalworkers

I seem to have an eye for the unnoticed.  I always seem to see things that others miss.   I am also always looking for the backstory.  You know, the reason something happened, or why things are the way they are.

Well I have an interesting one. I call it “The Idle Minds of Metalworkers”

Long ago everything was made by hand.  Metalworkers were out there making all kinds of things. Some of it would have been very boring, repetitive work.   But I think they were still interested in trying to create artistic pieces…

Enter the lowly boot scraper.

The metalworkers could have made it a simple steel bar…but NOOO!

I looked around and noticed something much more interesting had been made.

OBSERVE…  the lowly Boot Scraper:scraper set 2

You could be the only guy in the neighborhood

with the Sphinx on his porch?

These guys felt there was a need to save the space on the porch…so they put the boot scraper close to the wall and carved a “cave” for your toe to go into so the scraper worked.  Imagine the pre planning involved in thinking this through before the base stone was mortared in place.

This one was one is from the Cotswold area in England  (as you notice the stone is different from the rest).  The mud there must have been so bad they redesigned the scraper to have a raised section to get the rough stuff off .

Here are a collection of scrapers, mostly from Bath, and created around the early 1700.  All the scrapers I saw in Bath were cast iron, so they got a little more ornate.  The town has fine paved streets now…but if every door had one of these next to it… evidence that it may have been a little different back then.  We did see some repeats but most were unique to their specific house.

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This is one of my favorites.

It is cast iron, and we found it in Bath also. boot 3

But it’s the little things…. the extra blade at the top… the overall ornate design… the one leg, which was set in the stone with molten lead. (very old school).

It just seemed to speak to me.

How about you?

Are you out there looking for the little pieces of art all around us?

Too many people walk by without noticing them.

Not me…. I am looking for them evey day!

Life is too short and there is too many fascinating things in the world not to slow down and take notice.

As always, I  love getting your comments. Or see the pieces of art you notice.

Send them to me at:

steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

or just use the form below.

The Turtles Live!

Anyone who has been to my studio in the last … oh I don’t know…year, has seen the two huge Loggerhead turtles sitting behind the work table.

He finally as an attached head

He finally as an attached head

They are a design I started awhile ago and got sidetracked by other more demanding (read paying) projects.

And this is what the inside of a turtle looks like....at least mine.

And this is what the inside of a turtle looks like….at least mine.

Well the heads have been attached and they are done.  Except for the stand, and the finish, and the weatherproofing….ok they are not done…yet.

They will be.  I have a show in April  and they will both be swimming by then.

 

This is where they live for now.

This is where they live for now.

Love to hear your comments or suggestions.

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Almost Over

There is only one more week in the run of my one man show,

“The Art of Nature”

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Yep, I’ll will be taking the photos off the wall and removing the pieces that I get to keep.

If you did not get to see the show… go NOW!

If you are too far away you can see some great photos by clicking HERE.

I also was written up by Christopher Thomas in the Jacksonville Daily News and you can see his article by clicking HERE.

But the fun part will be to deliver the pieces I sold.  I love the idea of knowing my work is in the hands of someone who loves it as much as I do.

And being able to deliver them and see that reaction again will be a lot of fun.

red anvilAs I said before, I now get to do the recreating, and redesigning of the pieces which sold.  I never want to make the same piece twice.  So each piece I make can be unique in the world…or… unless you are a Si-Fi believer in a parallel world on the other side of the sun…the only one in the UNIVERSE!!

I think it is nice to ponder (yes I used the word ponder, I am from the south) something in your possession as being the only one.  The only table, the only piece of artwork, the only handmade wallet even.  Things created by hand are almost always going to be one of a kind.  There are processes to make reproductions, and they are fine.  But having something which is one of a kind, is special.

Being able to know the creator of an object is special too.  That is why I love to go to shows where people sell their own work.  You can talk to the creator,  ask them about their ideas, their technique, their joy of creation.  If you do, you will receive some of their creative joy and excitement.  You will also  be rewarding the craftsman by allowing her, or him to share that joy with you.

I am off to a new project, making an outdoor tree about 9 feet tall…but I’ll tell you about that another day.

In the mean time, ask a craftsman his thoughts on a piece you like… you will probably make his day by giving him a chance to share that love with you.