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On The Make

This is about making things. Not about aggressive social intercourse, There is a certain mental, not biological attraction for the things I build with my hands. It’s a thinking and doing in creating tangible items, not about assertive interpersonal relations. Sigmund Freud probably thought a lot about that… not about making tangible things. Ha!

I like being on the make. I have always made things. All my life I have spent considerable time assembling and making things.

I started with kits. The design and all the parts are provided. A set of instructions are provided. Assembly begins.

The first assembly kit I remember was a […] Continue reading » On The Make

Experience 70

My 70th birthday is in a few days. I used to think that was old age. Now I know it is. But that’s OK of course, as it beats not getting or being there. Time and age advance with nothing I can do about it,

I notice I complain more about the things I cannot control. That’s a privilege of age and should use it wisely. I am going to have to pay attention and not abuse it (too much). Far better for me to work on the things I can change. That means by what I actually take action and do.

I like the tangible. Planning […] Continue reading » Experience 70

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

One Giant Step…

I took the step and I am now the owner/operator of my very own 3D hobbyist grade FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) type printer. That’s the extruder style. They are the most reasonable cost for students and hobbyists to experience “making” with minimal investment.

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My other web sites and blogs are going to have the in […] Continue reading » One Giant Step…

Love What You Do

The KautzCraft Studio (KC) is now my main retirement vocation. I wonder if that means I am not retired. Well, I feel retired so I will keep the designation. KC doesn’t provide me anywhere near a real income, but it does stop me from robbing banks. Banks, because that is where the money is kept… Ha! I think Willie Sutton is reputed to have said that.

I’d much rather be working with silver than in a chain gang.

I see an endless number of options and creations I can make while working in my studio. I like working with all kinds of materials with silver so far being the only […] Continue reading » Love What You Do