Stone Axe

Today I 3D scanned a stone aged axe my Grandad found many years ago in England. I have always loved the shape and form of the tool and how it fits perfectly into the hand.

I wanted to use this form to create tools to make forms for pieces for the house.

I scanned the axe at the university and then used the files to create both silversmithing stakes and hammers.

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For the stakes I kept the original size of the axe and added a section that would allow it to be gripped in a vice.  For the hammers I scaled down the model to 85mm and cut out a hole for the handle.

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I am planning on 3D printing the models and casting them possibly in bronze.

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The Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present

Today I went on a wee day trip to St Andrews to see an exhibition and event called ‘The Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present’.  The event consisted of talks, workshops and an exhibition.  The event was held by the university of St Andrews and was a cultural engagement project.  The exhibition exhibited original books and text written in the old Scott’s language dating from 1550-1800’s.  The transcripts document information on traditional trades of Baxters, Fleshers and Hammermen.  I met a Researcher from St Andrews University who has been working on digitising and translating the books and they are now available online.  What was great about the event was the juxtaposition of traditional crafts alongside the new.  There were photo’s of both contemporary and old trades.

The event was also running workshops for the public involving 3D printing and laser cutting.  They used laser cutting on foam and made printing stamps which they then used on fabrics.  I thought this was quite a clever and simple idea making tools and then getting the public involved.  The workshop area was very busy with both adults and children taking part.



Also, on other news………  Last night I tested my shot glasses with Lisa who I work with.  The shot glasses work very well as vessels and the experience was fun.  However I am thinking I need to design an actual whisky glass for my whisky as it doesn’t seem right drinking Abelour Abunadh from a shot glass.