The difference between an artist and a craftsman is the Artist puts a little of themselves into each piece. It was a small part of myself that began this project last summer. This part.
As a 3D Artist, complex spirals fascinate me. A gradual uncoiling is what happens when I pull my hair down to see if it touches my belt yet. It always pings back because it is a spring; a season eagerly awaited here in Sheffield.
This copper is from an old truck. I split it into two to create a double helix like DNA. Copper needs constant annealing, but luckily unlike steel, it can be quenched in water rather than being left overnight to cool down. Still, it takes many heats to get the shape you want.
Here are some 'Making of' photographs.
See the Phoenix fly...
II have been making knives for 27 years and my plan was always to make the best knife in the world. A masterpiece can only be achieved with deep understanding of all the elements which combine to balance each new work. Only by boldly taking risks can you move down the road to mastery. A favourite mantra is ‘I don’t mind what happens’. Only by freeing yourself from the possibility of failure or success can you make the right decisions.