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Here are some shots of a piece I’ve been working on for ages now… the name speaks for itself I reckon!

It’s a gate, specifically designed to act as a secondary barrier into my garden. It’s made entirely from found items of metal, welded into a hopefully attractive and unusual pattern. All the bits are scrap/found, so it takes  a long time to acquire/position exactly the right pieces into the desired aesthetic pattern. It’s also a pretty big piece in terms of scale – it stands taller than me and I’m 6foot 5inches in height!

Since it’s such an extensive project, I try to add one piece a day (or more realistically one a week, depending on other commitments!). Naturally this means it’s not going to be a quick piece of work to complete – will it ever be finished I wonder!? Once it is completed it will need to rust/weather-in properly so that it looks a bit more uniform. Here are some shots of how it stands at the moment:

Overall view

Overall view

Close-up showing some of the details

Close-up showing some of the details

Rough idea of how it will look in situ

Rough idea of how it will look in situ

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Look what I dragged out of a local skip yesterday!

I’ve no idea what it is – it looks like a recessed lantern but has a ‘bulb’ of the heat-ray type? Clearly it’s pretty ancient – I considered wiring it to the mains to see if it still works but decided against it on a health and safety basis!

After a careful deconstruct and a judicious clean, I think it’s going to make a fabulous addition to my collection of steampunk lamps – when I will have the time to finish all these projects of course remains to be seen!

The lantern seems to be made from copper sheeting with brass fittings – everything has corroded into a uniform greenish colour which I was careful not to disturb when I was cleaning it.

I realise I forgot to put anything int he picture to show scale – the heat bulb is pretty much the size of a normal light bulb however so I hope that helps. It was pretty filthy when I took it from the skip, hence me taking all the shots outside – apologies for the slightly distracting backgrounds therefore:

Bizarre Lantern shot from behind

Bizarre Lantern shot from behind

Bizarre Lantern shot from in front, heat bulb removed

Bizarre Lantern shot from in front, heat bulb removed

Bizarre Lantern following deconstruction

Bizarre Lantern following deconstruction

If anyone has any idea what it may be, please let me know!!

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Has anyone seen the new ‘Sure for Women’ ad currently showing in ads, mags and on bill boards all over the UK at the mo:

'Sure for Women' ad

'Sure for Women' ad

With my predilection for all things copper (particularly things made out of coins!) I just thought this was a very clever bit of photography/Photoshopping/advertising. . .

Steampunk Deodorants – whatever next…!?

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Copper finds from Lille

I had the good fortune to go to Lille for the day this week (surprisingly easy from London on the Eurostar –  many thanks to SM for the opportunity!)

Wandering round the streets in the glorious sunshine, I took some shots of lots of brass and copper things I came across. Here are some fairly random photos:

I loved the shiny brass plaques against the dark grey of this doorway mine looks very similar at the moment but only because it;s been undercoated for 6 months or so - I never seem to have the opportunity to apply the top coat!)

I loved the shiny brass plaques set against the dark grey of this doorway. My own front door looks very similar at the moment, but only because it's been left as undercoat for over six months or so - I never seem to have the opportunity to apply the top coat!)

This doorway has a very art deco/steampunk feel

This doorway has a very art deco/steampunk feel

Here's a close-up of the detail. . .

Here's a close-up of the detail. . .

The copper-clad Crown Plaza (near the station) looked fantastic in the setting sun!

The copper-clad Crown Plaza (near the station) looked fantastic in the setting sun!

and again. . .

and again. . .

. . .and again!

. . .and again!

Finally I found two old 1 Cent pieces (one on the street, one wedged into the tray table on the train) so these will take pride of place in one of my new constructs very soon I hop!

Finally I found two old 1 Cent pieces (one on the street, one wedged into the tray-table recess on the train) so these will take pride of place in one of my new constructs very soon I hope! Sorry about the terrible photos - taken on a napkin on the trip home!

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Was delighted to see my ‘Victorian candlestick’s poor cousin‘ post got accepted for  a little mention on the excellent IKEA Hacker blog…

Click here to see it, along with a few work-in-progress shots that wern’t on the original post.

IKEA Hacker post

IKEA Hacker post

Many thanks to Workshop Shed Andy for the ‘heads up’ on the site!


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Last year around this time, Navaro played at the Spratton Folk Festival on the Club Tent Stage. Anyone reading that post may recall that I hoped this year we would play there again, but this time on the Main Stage. . . and indeed we did!

It was great event, very efficiently organised, a marvellous stage and sound, and well attended by the general public. The weather was marginally better than in 2008, and all-in-all a good time was had by all!

Here are a couple of photos – the sun had gone in when we played unfortunately so they are a bit dull, but hopefully give one the gist:

Main Stage of the Spratton Folk Festival 2009

Main Stage of the Spratton Folk Festival 2009

Navaro on stage

Navaro on stage

Special mention must also go to the excellent Nobby’s Brewery, who provided backstage beer for all the artists – wonderful stuff it was too!!

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Someone wrote to me a little while ago and asked, in no uncertain terms, why I’d not made/posted any steampunky things lately!?

I’ve actually been working really hard on several items but (as anyone who makes these things will tell you!) they often take quite a long time to build, particularly when there is a high found-item quotient in the work, and one is reliant on ‘fate’ to provide just the right component.

Anyway, here are some ‘work in progress’ shots of three items currently in production. They are all very nearly completed, although I’m having great difficultly taking good photos of them to show them in their full glory (I’m addressing currently this issue and hoping to enlist the help of my talented photographic friend PB to get some better ones).

Firstly is my Steampunk Carrying Case, which is an attractive yet functional case for holding/transporting some musical equipment – I’ve got lots of WIP building shots of this project which will go up on the trusty Flikr site when the whole thing is done:

Steampunk Carrying Case

Steampunk Carrying Case

Next is a snapshot of a new steapunk wall light made from lots of my favourite material, copper tubing. This is a really interesting piece that folds flat to the wall, yet swings out as a reading lamp over my window seat. Hard to describe and incredibly hard to photograph, I hope to have a full post written on this item very soon:

Steampunk wall lamp

Steampunk wall lamp

Last but not least is a floor-standing ‘tap’ lamp, made from lots of copper tubing again and a brass tap arrangement found in a skip. This has an aged-appearance, the details of which again will take a bit of explanation. It stands taller than me (and I’m six foot five!) so is quite an impressive piece, but again a nightmare to fit in a photographic view finder:

Steampunk 'tap' lamp

Steampunk 'tap' lamp

So, as you can see I’ve not been sitting around idly, and I promise to finish them and write complete posts asap. Thanks to the person for chasing me up – you know who you are!!

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