I am often asked about how I make these small, detailed and interactive sculptures. The short answer is that I use traditional metal working techniques (like sawing, filing and turning) to shape and detail raw metal stock. Metal stock refers to pieces of metal as they come from the mill; metal sheet, metal rod, wire, tubing and the like. I never use found objects. I do use factory made pinbacks.
Much of the small detail work is done with the custom tools that I hand made myself.
These pictures show the metal stock that I keep next to my work bench:
Below is the work bench where most of the work is done – you can see the wear and tear of many years of making things on this bench. Various groups of tools are identified as well as a sculpture that is under construction.
For a step by step illustrated account of how my ’57 Chevy II sculpture was made,
go here and scroll to August 22, 2015: http://steamsmithworks.blogspot.com/
For a step by step illustrated account of how my Steam Locomotive I was made,
go here and scroll to March 4, 2015: http://steamsmithworks.blogspot.com/
I love to make these pieces and believe that my love of the work shows in the finished products.