Thus, over the past few weeks I have been purchasing tools and equipment which will aide me in making hollow forms. I certainly have the tools and equipment for chasing and repousse work but having not done any raising in almost 3 years my collecting of the needed stuff has fallen woefully behind.
We all know that I have hammers and stakes for this but as I learned from Liza, there are things I don't have and need.
So what have I bought:
- Wood mallets for making wood raising hammers, in various sizes
- Wood stock for making wood stakes
- Contour Gauge
- Scribe Gauge
- Digital Calipers
- Inside Calipers
- Scribing Compass
- Brass Circles
- Copper Circles
- Multi-Purpose Vise (the kind that has two sets of jaws, one straight and one for pipes AND allows you to rotate the jaws)
All of which arrived last week in several boxes and cluttered the floor. This has now been put away.
Then next piece of work is a technical drawing for the tumbler. Liza says I don't needing since I have the inside template we cut while I was at her studio. From that I could cut the wood stake.
Would any good engineer who wants to follow the 'process' do that?? I say no and I certainly can't.
So technical drawing it is.
From the drawing, I can cut the templates (the different diameters and the profile) for making a wood stake. IF all of that is correct, which will be verified after I raise another tumbler, I can then give the drawing to a machinist (read that as Kevin Potter) to make steel stakes.
I have the drafting paper, pencils, french curves, T-square and other drafting tools. But IF i need another copy of the drawing or want to send it in an email, I would have to scan it. So, I am taking this opportunity to learn a simple CAD (computer aided design) program which will give me a digital drawing.
I am evaluating a few different programs that run on my Mac - cost, ease of use, yet enough features to make my life easy, stability (one keeps closing on me!), user documentation, and file formats in case I want to export to a drawing program or send the actual file to someone else that uses CAD besides creating a PDF.
I think that next weekend I will be able to cut my templates and start cutting the wood stake.