1903 Wright Flyer Briefing Stick

This is a scratch-built 'stick' model... and will not fly. (Well, unless you consider something my dad used to say,
"Son, ANYTHING will fly if you fling it hard enough."

 

Actually, the whole thing started when my boss asked me what the 'stick airplane' is called that is used to train pilots? I had no idea... I just always called it a 'stick with an airplane model on it'. Since then I've discovered that it, in fact has a real name:  It's called a "Briefing Stick", and they are pretty expensive if you ask me!

 

So, I thought I'd make my own. And then I started thinking... why not make something that would be a little unique? Did Orville and Wilbur use a "BRIEFING STICK" when they taught themselves to fly?

 

And if they did... would it look something like this?

Jenny's Jellybean Factory

Glass & Wood

 

This is another 'just started' project... It will eventually end up as a three-dimensional piece, but begins in the sketching stage, as there will be several intricate parts which must fit well together or the machine will not function correctly.

 

This will require drilling holes into glass.

 

Sketch 1 is the concept sketch.

 

Sketch 2 is a quick 3-D computer sketch.

The Unnecessary Machine

This is a revamp of a project that I built while an undergraduate.. (at the Memphis Skrool o'Fart).

 

It will eventually be a rotating, knocking, lifting, rocking, waving, jumping, noise-making apparatus that does absolutely nothing of importance.

 

Again... from the sketchbook:

P-51D Scale Propeller

Hand carved from pine.

Will be made to look like steel when completed.

 

The steel hooks shown are there only to make handling the props easier while working them.

 

The nose cone is hollow and made from fiberglass... and lots of sanding. The nose cone will be cut specially for each prop to protrude through.

I've been playing around with different 3-d paints to see if I can produce a board-art painting that has some depth to it as well.

 

I know much of my art is considered by the geniuses of the Memphis fart skrool, to be too... what was the word...????

CRAFTY ? (I think was the dart thrown at me...)  because I spend so much time actually THINKING about how to proceed on a project instead of just throwing 'stuff' up in the air and seeing what comes out. I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to work in operations that I've never done before, into each piece I create. So it ends up being a learning process for me- most of the time.

 

I nearly always keep a Sketchbook with me, and keep them full of ideas as they pop into my head. So sometimes stuff will sit in the pages of those sketch books for years before I reach back and pull one out. Sometimes only to see that the idea doesn't work so well- once tried.

Lycoming (aircraft engine)

Vector illustration.

 

(Just something that keeps me busy)

This is a VERY early look.

The cardstock* worked fairly well, but I couldn't create a compound curve with it. It was all that I could do to mold a consistent single curve of about an inch in diameter. This was o.k., but I was really after the compound curve shapes. To me, it looks more like a 'cartoon sketch' if the form is able to flex into various directions at the same time.

 

So, I've switched over to an air drying modeling clay that contains paper pulp. So far it works great, sands well, takes acrylic paints well too.

 

*Actually more like .125" mat board.

Martial Arts Belt Display Rack

(Sandblasted) Glass & Wood

 

This is the prototype, so it is first being built in southern pine so I can work out all the bugs- cheaply.

 

The word, "Respect" is sandblasted on the front glass in Korean- (being the nationality of the art of, Taekwondo)

My original sketch- out of the sketchbook.

I am experimenting with some Birch plywood which I have glued up on a 45 degree angle, and then cut blocks of wood out of those to see if I can use the glue-ups like regular hardwood.

 

The only thing I can say so far is, it is a pain to do! But worth a try... at least once. The inside plys are pretty rough. I could probably step up to aircraft grade plywood and get a better cross section- but this will do for now.

Giant No. 2 Pencil

Wood & plastic

4' long

This is a Dulcimer, for those of you who are unfamiliar.

Old Main Building

Freed-Hardeman University Administration building

Here's another one started some time ago.

 

Construction began on November 30, 1907.

 

I decided to start a rendering of the building but wanted to do it in a different way than I have done most of my other architectural renderings.

 

I began this one on the computer, using it to create my initial line drawing (elevation) which will be used to generate a perspective that I will build the painting from.

 

I am drawing this from photographs ONLY. NO dimensions! And that makes it really hard to get the proportions right.

This is an inside-end view of one of the props. Notice the curvature or airfoil shape which runs throughout the length of the prop.

 

It's interesting to note that Wilbur and Orville Wright are the two guys who discovered that a wind propeller is nothing more than a 'spinning wing'.

 

I couldn't locate any handy info on building a wooden propeller, but since this is for a six foot static model, it will not significantly impact the flight characteristics in any way. (Unless it falls off a shelf.)

To the right is the glass front that's

been sandblasted with the Korean word for "PERSEVERANCE".

 

I placed a sheet of Masonite behind

it so that I would be able to photograph

it better... and STILL got an annoying

reflection.

AIM-9L/M "Sidwinder" Missle

Clay, cardboard, wood & plastic

Lifesize

 

Just something to hang on the wall.

Spoked Wheel

Wood, foam & copper wire

5" diameter

 

Whoever invented the spoked wheel... MUST have also developed the first Migraine Headache!

 

I am trying to design a small 5" diameter wheel that I can turn on the lathe, cast in plastic and string the spokes together like a sewing machine and then recast the wheel with foam 'tires'.

 

This project may be sitting on the shelf awhile... ?

Chip Carved Dulcimer Hanger

 

Shown below are two other designs that I have already worked on.

 

Walnut & Maple

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Elvis Presley faux Stained Glass Montage

36" x 24"

Displaying a range of Elvis' interests, i.e.., Pink Cadillac, Graceland, Convair 880 'Lisa Marie' jet,

Will be framed with a custom White Oak frame grown in Elvis' hometown of Memphis, TN.

 

This is a poor example of the stained glass treatment, as it is photographed without a backlight... which... let's face it... is what stained glass is all about!

 

I am also having a difficult time obtaining flesh-like tones. I've located a "pink" color, but I would like to have a couple or three variations of peach so that I could make it a little more eye-appealng. Some of this will need to be removed and reworked as I am not happy with some portions.

 

Montage is set of pictures of one topic

Collage is set of pictures in a set

Mosaic is set of small pieces to make one large image

 

1960's Batmobile

Airbrushed acrylic on hardboard.

 

This is my second favorite vehicle in the world... well, actually the '60's Batmobile was a modification of the 1954 Lincoln Futura concept car...  (which is my favorite. Designed by stylists Bill Schmidt and John Najjar). The concept car was built at a cost of $250,000, equivalent to over $2-million today, which explains its uniqueness in the design world.

 

George Barris later produced the Batmobile modifications in 1965, paying one dollar to Ford for the (Lincoln) automobile!

The board below shows several variations of effects that I've tested before moving over to the final painting (right).

And while we're on the subject of art... just let me say that this is my all time favorite painter. Everyone has to have a 'favorite' this or a 'favorite' that. But this is one painter that will not be celebrated at the Memphis Skrool o'Fart.

 

French artist:

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - Self-Portrait (1879)

If there's any young artists out there taking notes... here's the book you want to get! Most of this stuff, you wont hear in art schools today.

 

WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU

His Life and Works

Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross

1960's Batmobile

Clay & plastic

 

An older project that has unfortunately been sitting for awhile.

A "cartoonish" look at the 1960's Batmobile. Some of this project involves processes that I have not tried before and requires several attempts to get a satisfactory product.

5" diameter wooden rim.

Guilded Mirror

I recently had dinner at a fancy restaurant downtown. They have a beautiful guilded mirror with gold leaf lettering applied.

 

I was very impressed... and began thinking how I could take this new-found knowledge and create something of my own design.

 

By accident, I managed to find a really attractive octagonal beveled mirror! It had fallen off someone's wall (no doubt because it is SO HEAVY and was hung incorrectly).

 

The frame had broken in almost every joint... so I secured the frame for a nice price.

 

Once repaired, I began to work on a design which I will try to apply with gold leaf, foil or glass paint- or some suitable combination. Coming up with a good design is first priority.

 

So, that's where I'm at so far. I like the 'heavenly children' look. I've placed all these kids around the sketch, performing tasks that I enjoy (on the bottom of the image).

• Distracted Moon kid

• Plotting devil, saint and Sun kid

• Distracted, nose picking kid

• Paintbrush kid

• Flying kid

• Friend kids

• Bad-hair-day kid

 The kids in the top of the image kind-of (incorrectly) represent 'heavenly beings' who are responsible for weather, climate, 'good things' and 'bad things'. Just my take on fanciful illustration. Something fun to look at.

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