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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

Mass Production?

Wax mold example

My wife Gloria sold some of my lost wax silver work today. That’s good! But now I have to get busy and and get some more made. Lost wax casting is not exactly a factory operation around my studio/workshop. Hand carving usually takes several days just on the carving. The CNC mill carving requires about a half day to do the carving if the code is already written and proven.

I do get a little faster carving when I make things several times. That’s just the wax carving part. There are quite a few involved steps before I have a finished […] Continue reading » Mass Production?

Casting Silver

Check out my latest efforts in lost wax casting. Here is a link to a new post in RD’s Workshop.

Silver

I gathered my silver casting work I still have around, and put it together on my work bench lamp base. So here is a group picture. It’s all 100% Sterling and 100% made in the USA (even the raw silver is from the USA)

I am doing the wax work and the casting (lost wax process) and having a load of fun being creative. Silver price has been dropping so the investment in what is shown is not very high. Under $150 the amount shown. The personal value is well more than the raw cost of silver, but it is always worth no less than the […] Continue reading » Silver

Wax on, Wax off…

Daniel gets a lesson in wax from the Master.

I have been active in my workshop / studio getting my silver (yeah, the real solid metal Sterling stuff) casting system ready for operation. I am really excited as I can see the shiny silver at the end of the tunnel. Maybe that‘s a train headlight… oh well.

The process is much more complex than the average person can imagine. Although I have been studying the process for many years, and even took a class on how to do it, it’s not until now as I prepare for the first time on my own, have I realized […] Continue reading » Wax on, Wax off…