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More Aw Nuts

I have done more investigating am it appears the the AWNUTS folks are alive and quite well, simply living independently. That’s the nature of doing things your own way. It’s fun to see what others of the same ilk are up to, but it doesn’t need a formal organization to lets say… set standards. The point of whimsical is there are no standards except those of the creator.

A place like Pinterest is a sensible home base. I followed links to some very well done web sites created by the artists. I think that is a great way to organize. Everyone can do […] Continue reading » More Aw Nuts

A.W.N.U.T.S.

There used to be a social group that promoted model train building that was more whimsical than realistic. It used the acronym AWNUTS as an identity. Its meaning is Always Whimsical, Not Usually To Scale. It was model trains on a non-scale whimsical theme. It was all about having fun with imaginative model trains, with nothing sacred or necessarily realistic.

Google “awnuts model trains” and the remnants of the group can be discovered. A bunch of old pictures are published on Pinterest.

On Christmas day 2016, in conversation with my son’s father-in-law, I discovered he is a builder of such model train equipment. He had […] Continue reading » A.W.N.U.T.S.

Work Beyond 70

Seven decades now under my belt. The body is a little worse for wear, but that means it has been well used.  A little regular maintenance keeps it ticking. Ha! I have lost some weight since I retired which is a good thing – about 20 pounds.

My hobbies making things are returning a small profit. The silver work is the best. Check out KautzCraft Studio. It seems a bit crazy but folks are also paying for some of the 3D printing plastic things I make. I don’t openly offer them for sale, but I am receiving requests. Here is a link to the 3D Print […] Continue reading » Work Beyond 70

Print a Black Cat

It’s getting close to Halloween. What could be more appropriate than to 3D print a witch’s black cat. I had black ABS plastic loaded for another project so grabbed the file for this cat and let ‘er rip. Takes about an hour and a half at the speed I use, but I don’t have to do anything but watch.

Not really a skilled craft as far as I am concerned, but it is fun to make things so easily and let it run as I am doing something more creative. My eight year old granddaughter likes a new “thing” to play with the next time she comes over…

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The Spirit of Hand Tools

Hand Tools

From the perspective of an artist, working with hand tools provides a direct connection between an idea of form developed in the brain and the expression of that form in a tangible creation produced through muscle control. Using this concept, the bare hands are also considered a tool.

The topic here is hand tools but extending the idea a bit further, any part of the human anatomy can be a tool. For example, a finger nail can be a scraper.

There is a distinct dividing of hand tools between powered and non-powered. The importance of this division is often a subject of debate […] Continue reading » The Spirit of Hand Tools