Backlit LED Sign

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Industrial C-Clamp build | Fabtech 2017

Patreon - Merchandise - Tools used - Instagram - ZHfabrications - Waterlox Tung oil wood finish - Links to other Fabtech build videos(I'll keep this updated as they go live): Jimmy Diresta - Tracklist 1. Jahzzar - FO 2. Juanitos - Cool Raggae Party 3.Cullah - Gone Away 4 Cullah - Rhapsody in Lieu of Etude What a great event! It's always a dream working alongside the very people who got me started in this field. I have never experienced a more positive community in my life. Jimmy Diresta, April Wilkerson, Johnny Brooke(Crafted Workshop), John Malecki, and Doug(Retroweld), you guys are all incredible! Special thanks to Craig Coffey, and Lincoln Electric for getting us all together for this event! ZH Fabrications Industrial C-Clamp build | Fabtech 2017

Forged farmhouse style coat rack | How-To


Tools & Products used:

Forging equipment NC Tools Whisper Momma Forge -
Brent Bailey Modified New style hammer -
SC Johnson Paste Wax -
Metal & woodworking equipment DEWALT DW872
Cold Saw -
Sharpie (12 pk) -
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder -
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill -
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router -
DEWALT plunge router -
Swanson Speed Square -
Freud Key Hole Bit -

Forged banner for Flanagan's Irish Pub

First off Happy St. Patricks day! 
This Irish banner / flag  may very well be my favorite build yet--I got to really work on developing a lot of new skills here, namely scroll work, forging vines, leafs, etc., and It just so happens that my buddy Jason owns Flanagan's Irish Pub in Dunedin, so I knew just the right place for it!

Tools used:
Dewalt 20V Reciprocating Saw
Fastcap Gluebot
Titebond ii Wood glue
Whitlox Homestead Wood Forge
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 20V Circular saw
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (Airbrush)
Wiss Aviation snips

Finishes used:
Generic latex paint(Green, white and orange)
General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain
Sculpt Nouveau Black Magic Patina
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Sculpt Nouvea Solvent Dyes (Airbrush)
Lacuqer clear coat

Track list:

1. Sláinte - Julia Delaney
2. Hell creature - Amazing Grace

Designer spotlight #4: Michael Graves | Blog

 Michael Graves(July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015): One of my personal favorites! Although Graves was most notably an accomplished architect renown for helping pioneer the postmodern style, it was his furnishings and appliances that initially caught my eye--specifically the "Graves Kettle", designed for the super cool designer oriented housewares company Alessi, which features a bird shaped whistle(Genius!), and a handle I have the strange yearn to place my hands on.

Although Michael's designs certainly share a common theme, I have a hard time defining what exactly it is. One commonality I feel, is that Graves often utilized ergonomic lines and augmented them with vibrant colors to stimulate visual interest. It seems to me like many of Michael's designs carry a sort of Apple(Macintosh) design vibe to them--simple, sleek, and refined.  

Anyway, Michael Graves has some seriously neat designs, as always--I strongly advice a vigorous Google image search session.

When design really works - Susie Hodge
Wikipedia - Micheal Graves

Designer spotlight #3: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld | Blog

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld(24 June 1888 – 25 June 1964): Rietveld was a Dutch architect and designer. Rietveld's father was a joiner who trained Gerrit as a cabinet maker at a very young age. Prior to opening his own furniture-making business in 1917 , Reitveld had worked as a jewelry draftsman. His most notable work is undoubtedly his "Red and Blue Chair" which has since served as the face of the "De Stijl" movement. As far as architecturally, Rietveld is best known for the "Rietveld Schröder House".

Although I personally don't find Rietvelds designs to be elegant or graceful, I don't think that's the point. There is a certain thematic element that I find very--interesting. If you read up on the De Stijl movement, and its attempt at reducing forms to rectilinear lines and defined planes(often accentuated with primary colors), Rietvelds work certainly exemplifies the movement.

Another unique attribute not often associated with designers--Rietveld designed much of his work to be economical and easily produced.

When design really works - Susie Hodge
Gerrit Thomas Reitveld - Wikipedia

Designer spotlight #2: Charles Rennie Mackintosh | Blog

Charles Rennie Mackintosh(1868-1928): Born in Scotland, Mackintosh was an accomplished architect, artist and designer who studied at the Glasgow School of Art.  Although Mackintosh is highly revered on several fronts, his most famous design is possibly his "Hill House Ladder Back Chair".

Although some of the literature I read, claims that Mackintosh helped to fortify the Art Nouveau style (which was popular at the time), I couldn't feel that information to be further from the truth. I find that the strongly rectilinear lines of Mackintosh's designs are in stark contrast to the flowing asymmetric lines typically associated with Art Nouveau.

After thumbing through through a fair amount of  Mackintosh's creations, they all seem to carry a certain sci-fi, alien,  retro-futuristic theme. Much of his work seems like it would fit right into the next Silent Hill film.

Fun fact: the typeface used in the American Horror Story series is a reworking of Mackintosh's "Willow" typeface.


Designer spotlight #1: Achille Castiglioni | Blog

Achille Castiglioni(1918-2002): Achillie Castiglioni was an Italian designer who studied architecture in Milan.  Achille is perhaps best known for his famous "Arco Lamp" of 1962.

Inspired by street lights, the Arco Lamp was designed as an alternative solution to wall or ceiling lights for  bringing illumination to the dining table. The base consisted of a very heavy(I've seen pictures of people hanging from the arc!) piece of marble. The Arco lamp had an enormous impact on  contemporary design, and has served as the basis for countless reproductions and knock-offs.

Although he may be most known for the Arco Lamp, many of his other designs are equally impressive. My personal favorite is his rotating shelf, which can be adjusted to fit in a variety of spaces.  Achille is definitely worth of some google image searching!

When design really works - Susie Hodge
Achillie Castiglioni - Wikipedia

Designer Spotlight Introduction | Blog

A few weeks ago I was in Cincinnati, Ohio visiting my wife's family for the holidays, and while meandering I stumbled into Lentz and company a second hand furnishing store specializing in vintage acquisitions. I got into a heavy conversation with a very savvy employee regarding designs and designers in general. 

The consensus was that so much has been lost over the past 50-60 years.  In the 50s and 60s designers were akin to celebrities, even to the point that your average person could rap off a handful of their favorites. Every house had unique furniture,  each vehicle manufacturer had a unique look,  companies had an image, a brand, and a unique identity.

Unfortunately this isn't so much the case nowadays, I find it hard to differentiate a Ford, from a Honda, from  Hyundai. Our furnishings are built & purchased mainly for economical reasons, and our modern "Shape and styling" is what we are  left with after profit production have been optimized.

Well, I've decided it's time to kick off a designer spot-light series, where I briefly highlight a different designer each week, making observations with regard to their tendencies. And I hope that by the time I'm finished you will be able to name a handful of your favorites.

Industrial chain lamp from start to finish

I had a lot of fun with this one, back when I was living in Portland, Oregon, I sold quite a few of these. In this video I'll take you through the whole process of how I build chain lamps.

I'd love to hear your ideas, input, suggestions, and/or questions.  I'm considering a bi-weekly video update on new acquisitions, and a (non-sponsored) featured tool of the week.

Tools & Products used:
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder
18 gauge sheet metal
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder
Patina - Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar & salt
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Rubber grommets - big box store
Copper wire
Hanging porcelain fixture socket
Electrical components - Big box store