I’m sitting at work, waiting until the people on the stage floor (70 feet below me) need me.

The view from my chair

The view from my chair

It’s the first big show of the new year.  I should be excited just to get my hands back into the game.  So, in my down time, what do I think about?  Staining wood.  I’ve been mentally working out a problem with mounting some wall pieces that I’ve been working on, and suddenly had and idea.  I’m goin’ industrial.  Tek screws, maybe.  Then, another idea.  Using initials with simple patterns, both inside and on the background.  I’m looking around me for a piece of paper or pen or anything to write on, and nothing.  Another idea, and at this point I’m almost frantically trying to remember all of these ideas.  I can’t forget!  Who knows when I’ll be able to sketch something.  Of all the unlikely places to get inspired….

My workspace and tools of the trade for the day.

My workspace and tools of the trade for the day.

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5 Comments on “Inspirado”

  1. Tom Says:

    Aren’t Tek screws for sheetmetal? Would self-tapping wood screws work, is it the head going to be visible, and that’s why you want to use those – for the visual effect? I’m down with that. They look cool.

    I love those photographs, especially the one from above. Makes me think of wire. Lots and lots and lots of bendy wire.

  2. Tina Says:

    Yes, tek screws are self-tapping, and commonly used with sheet metal. I guess you’ve caught me. I’m working on a “frame” idea using a backing board covered in aluminum flashing, leaving the head exposed. (Perhaps a new post?) I’m just glad I’m not the only one that likes the idea of tek screws!

    I took those pics last year during some down time. I spent a couple of hours climbing all over the IU Auditorium taking pics –lots and lots of pics. I’m just glad I was able to illustrate my point.

  3. Tom Says:

    Okay, I was figuring the style of the head had something to do with it. Have you looked online for any fun fastener stuff? I spent a lot of time perusing such things when I had the Triumph chopper. It begged for oddball and unique fasteners – brass, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, pot metal…metal…the greatest thing ever…

    Where was I?

    Oh, well, I’m actually in a vaguely similar position, as when I finish this next sculpture I’d like to mount it on a (stained wood!) base, and I need to think of some fasteners that will suit the project. It’s really not that simple a task, you know? Of course you do.

  4. Tina Says:


    I just looked at That’s Tom and I’m wondering if this is the sculpture base that needs securing? I will keep my eyes peeled for anything that looks fun.

  5. Tom H Says:


    Yep, I think this one would benefit from the inclusion of your talents. The way I designed it, the legs produce a rather small footprint, and it may be that a base is absolutely necessary to keep it from wobbling when the marbles are in motion. Aside from that, it’d just look groovy.

    I’ve done a bit more work on it since last post, but haven’t had time to put up a new post on it.

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