Saturday, February 14, 2015
A blacksmith friend has offered to help me with this project and believes it will be within my capacity with some careful coaching. I plan to make two or three for use at the Clear Spring School.
I acquired a truck spring as a source of steel, and will use the forge and power hammer at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. How could anyone be as lucky as I am?
I have also been trying to resolve problems with the makerbot 3-D printer at school. I sent an email to Makerbot support, and have come to the conclusion that part of the wiring harness is at fault. But so far, my email has been ignored. This is not a good sign.
There have been hopes that tools like 3-D printing as it becomes open source and widely available will become a democratizing force. But it is so complex and involves so many layers of unseen technology, that it may leave folks longing for creative work that can understood and made certain by hand and eye.
Simple tools allow us to create directly from the inner eye though the intellect of the skilled hand. The stock knife, or blocker can be one of the tools to facilitate the fulfillment of that process in ways that 3-D printing of plastic will not. Working with real tools takes practice. On the other hand, you can set up a 3-D printer and right out of the box it will make more plastic until it quits and you are left scratching your head.
Make, fix and create...