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All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. I think that qualifies me as […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?

Adobe

Adobe

I have been a user of Adobe software almost from the day the Adobe business was created. I used some of the products like Aldus PageMaker before they became Adobe products. I have several full suites of Adobe web and graphic design.

Adobe and many other such products have gone to a subscription / creative cloud-based (CC) distribution. I presently have a CC subscription to the Adobe Photo Editing package with PhotoShop, Lightroom, and a few other accessory applications.

I lost my old Creative Suite (CS) install due to a Drive C: failure on my PC. They are “buy and install” rather than a cloud subscription. I […] Continue reading » Adobe

3D Printing Stuff

Recent printed items.

I started doing 3D printing because it was something creative I could do in my air-conditioned home office. The price of the equipment and materials had become affordable. I had no idea I people would want to purchase the stuff I could make.

I became aware of the process many years ago, probably in a “new technology” report I read somewhere. The facts are sketchy as I did not assign a high priority to being able to do it myself someday. I remember being fascinated by the slicing / layering process and thinking, “Of course!”

The cost was far too prohibitive, but I remember thinking […] Continue reading » 3D Printing Stuff

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 concerning the use […] Continue reading » The Spirit of Hand Tools

Skill or Tools?

I just finished some cruising on the web looking at what metal-smiths were doing from all over the USA and the world. What I saw was a wonderful selection and variety of items being skillfully produced. It was a portfolio full of “let my imagination run wild” opportunities for creative expression.

There is so much variety in metal crafting that with me starting as a retirement age practitioner, I know I can never in my remaining lifetime try everything I have seen. Even if I had started as a young man it would not be possible. I’d like so much to practice everything I saw, but my choice is […] Continue reading » Skill or Tools?