hangs out with me all day no matter what I am working on, or where I am
going. We raised
him from a baby (4 weeks old) and he has spent so much time with me carving,
fishing, or whatever the family is doing he is right at home in the shop or
on the water.
Simon is now 7 years old and has seen more carving and fishing time than
anybody would have told me 7 years ago how close of a companion a bird can
become I would have told them they were crazy, now I know otherwise.
west from the entry of the studio. The freestanding 18'x7' U shaped
workbench provides space for 10 carvers and myself to work all day in
comfort. The workbench is another of my silent air filtration
innovations, a closed system with a 6100 CFM silent blower pulling air
through the bench top inlets. Each work area has a 4"x12" air inlet
pulling air from the work area and discharging it into a filter box at the
far end of the bench. By the time the dust filled air reaches the
filter box 90% of the dust has fallen out leaving little for the final
filters to deal with. The entire bench is a dust collector. With
two service panels at either end of the bench I can easily clean the settled
dust from within the bench as it builds up. Any noticeable
accumulation will take years!
paneled figured maple cabinets line both walls housing mold making and
casting materials, paints, equipment, supplies, reference castings, tools
and other carving / painting related items. Along the ceiling is a
mixture of Florescent, Halogen, and Incandescent lighting to aid in carving
and painting operations. Natural daylight fluorescents light the
studio while independent incandescent and halogen track lighting provide
directional accent lighting to help during the carving phase by creating
work area has a padded bar stool, raised foot ledge for your
powercarver speed control, dust collection inlet,
rubber tool mat, electrical outlet, ceiling mounted powercarver chain,
adjustable overhead lighting and a converter to change the table top dust
collector into a lap style dust collector. Each carver has 40" of
bench top work area to use. And each station is outfitted with power
carving and wood burning equipment for use during class. No need to
bring any equipment to class, it's all right here ready to go.
Looking from the far corner of my studio towards the stairs.
My carving equipment is mounted on the ceiling in a sliding track that
allows me to walk up and down the center of the work bench demonstrating.
from my carving seat in the middle of the workbench. Simons perch
where he spends a good part of the day sharing my food and working on his
own carvings (shredding scrap
pieces of wood). In the upper right is my TV, below that is an X-Ray
reader that I use to draw patterns, on the far right is my awards cabinet
and reference book collection. Centered over the stair banister is my
reference aquarium which houses live models of fish being carved in class,
below that my refrigerator, coffee maker and clay warmer. Left of the
aquarium on the back wall is the air conditioner and vacuum former.
Far left is my painting bench and wall mounted spray booth.
Looking from other far corner towards stairwell.
Notice the chains hanging down from the ceiling mounted pipe system, these
are used to clip your Mastercarver or Foredom to. The chain and snap
clip allow for height adjustment. Each station is outfitted with power
carving systems. I have everything here you will ever need to carve during
Bench blower case and filter box. Resting on it are my
opaque projector and overhead projector used for enlarging and drawing
patterns from pictures or slides. The pull down movie screen is
mounted over the west wall above the window.
Air discharge from lower level provides a steady diffused stream of
double filtered air into my studio. The ceiling mounted air filtration
system downstairs filters the air before it enters the blower chamber and
the filtered air is then blown upstairs via ductwork into the wall mounted
filter shown. This keeps a constant supply of clean fresh air into my
studio so lingering paint or resin fumes are quickly diluted and removed.
same tracking used in hospital curtains runs the length of my studio ceiling
where I hang carvings in progress. Perfect for painting several fish
at once. Roller bearing hooks provide a fast
and easy way to position and hang my work. I simply clamp a hemostat
clamp to a fin edge and hang it up. High ceilings keep you from walking
into overhead fish.
Here's one of my shop built tools.....a homemade vacuum former.
Built from shop scraps and a few hardware items for about $65.
Using inexpensive sheets of PETG plastic, like that used for two liter
pop bottles I can make form fitting paint stencils for my carvings and
castings in seconds.
This is just one of the many things you will learn in my fish carving classes!
In class I also show you many other "unique" uses for this awesome little
machine. And some other tricked out tools I have developed for carving
that I have stored away from the cameras view.
55 Gallon Reference Aquarium.....a live fish can answer more
anatomy and painting questions than a ten foot stack of reference pictures.
My Family Room in the house has a 200 aquarium containing a 20" silver
arowana and a few other fish from time to time.
Reference books, finished carvings and awards I have collected over the
Heated and vented resin curing station keeps my carvings dust free while
the resin water splashes cure off.
CO2 airbrush bottle and a Charcoal HEPA air filtration system.
Well that's all for now.
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