Fishes and fishing always held a special meaning to me.
I started fishing as a kid, and it got pretty serious quickly. For a night owl, only fishing was a serious enough reason for getting up early in the morning. Fishing was a symbol of independence, getting your own food, being inventive and resourceful.
Diversity of colorful tropical fish led me through countless aquarium endeavors starting with breeding guppies in my early teenage years and all the way to saltwater reef aquarium I maintained up until my kids were born. Sometime during those years, I kept a pond with goldfish, which grew to enormous size by my standards. The biggest one was over 14 inches at the time of it’s unfortunate demise. In tribute to all these fishes, I made this lampworked glass Goldfish:
For those of you, who are interested in how this goldfish was made, I created this video. I hope it can be of use for people who are starting to work with glass in a torch:
Just a sampling of insects crawling and flying out of my torch 🙂
Seems like there is never enough of various making techniques for me!
What now, Dennis?
“The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price fades from memory.”
We use a lot of simple things every day without stopping for a second to think what went into making them. Or why we like some of them more then others. A spoon is a spoon, right?
Maker cannot afford that thinking, or he ceases to be a maker. Here are a few examples of things I made that have more to them then some might see at a glance.
Made as a birthday gift for my friend Joe. Single slab of mulberry. Linseed oil and polyurethane.
Idea of making this lamp came to me while squinting at the book in a dark corner of my living room where my couch is. Necessity is the mother of creation. 🙂
This was made as a gift for a dear friend of mine. It’s two broken hearts joined where the breaks are.