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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

KautzCraft studio

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I have a new start-up business named KautzCraft Studio. I just added permanent links to the left hand column of this blog. We also have a page on Facebook. Visit either site to see my art!

I have been producing very nice cast silver jewelry using the Lost […] Continue reading » KautzCraft studio

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?

Benched Wax

Wax Carving Bench

I received a new jeweler’s bench last night. My intent is to use it for my wax carving work within the air conditioned environment of my home office. It is usually termed “a beginner’s bench” because of its low cost and only three drawers. I think it is perfect for my special or single purpose use.

If I had the space I would have a bench for every special purpose. I almost have that now within my shop. I have to keep at least one bench as general purpose and now that general purpose bench doesn’t have to be […] Continue reading » Benched Wax

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…