Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This past Saturday the 13th I went north to Baldwin Michigan to deliver some work to the Pamela Tripp Gallery. What a day it was. Sunny, warm. On the return trip I stopped in the town of White Cloud and took time to sketch this old grain elevator, Some of the reds are a little too much as a lot of the steel siding and roofing was rusty. The roof though, on the main part of the building was fairly new and was as white as snow.

Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand*book journal


Tuesday June 16 I had some time before a dentist appointment so I parked in the shade in Raynor Park in Mason, Michigan. This fellow was mowing lawn and made enough passes that I was able to get a quick sketch of the mower and him.
Precise rolling ball pen in a Hand*book journal.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Indiana Blacksmithing Association

We spent last Firday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, in Tipton Indiana at the annual conference of the Indiana Blacksmithing Association. Didn't do a lot of drawing but here is the best of the ones I did. Above is an old Champion coal forge that had been donated to the auction.

A coal forge is a piece of machinery that a blacksmith uses to build his fire in then to heat a piece of steel to forging temperature, usually about 1800 degrees or so and a light yellow color. The top tray is usually of cast iron then covered with clay to protect it from the fire. A blower is below to put a blast of air into the fire. Without the blast the fire will go out. This particular forge has a hand crank blower but the forge I use every day in my shop has an electric blower. I hope that helps explain what a coal forge is. I work over one most every day and forget that everyone doesn't know what the equipment is. Thanks for asking.

This is a quick sketch of an anvil bridge that one of the demonstrators was using. It allows you to work easier on smaller pieces. I'm going to build one of these as soon as I can get caught up in the studio. Also I found out when we got home that Saturday was International Drawing Day. So without knowing it, I participated.
All done with Pitt pen in a Hand*book journal.