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Western Gold Mine 4

 

I have started to cast the mine office. This building will contain the water pump and reservoir for the water system and the electric motor with gears and bearings to turn the water wheel at 3 RPM. Switches, batteries, electronics, and solar panels for a self-contained system are all contained in this building. I created […]

Western Gold Mine 3

 

It is now time to prepare the engineering drawings and do the arithmetic and finalize how my complete sculpture will be put together. This piece began with the idea to build another western sculpture for the Calgary Stampede in 2020. The idea was to create an 1890’s gold mine setting. I thought I could build […]

Western Gold Mine 2

 

I have started to construct my old wooden mine cart. The mine cart, to me, is a tool that uniquely symbolizes the old west. These are the gold rush days with mining towns and saloons and lawlessness and the development of the frontier. This actual wooden ore cart dumps from the end but it can […]

Western Gold Mine 1

 

I am starting a new, completely original sculpture that will replicate an old 1890’s western gold mine. I am creating this work as another piece that I may submit to the Calgary Stampede in July, 2020. This work will be at 1:18 scale and similar in size to my Stagecoach sculpture. My plans are to […]

Stagecoach 6

 

I have finished my bronze stagecoach complete with 4 horses. These are my final pictures. This work was created for a submission to the Calgary Stampede Art Show and Sale in July 2020. I started making the casting moulds for this work in June, 2019. The four horses complete with harness contain 2.7 kilograms of […]

Stagecoach 5

 

This is my last Work-in-Progress posting for my stagecoach. I cast a harness for the horses and have essentially completed the sculpture with the exception of applying a patina and final finishing. I attached a horizontal bar or “singletree” to the stagecoach so that I could fit the harness traces. The traces are the side […]

Stagecoach 4

 

I have now cast two horses for my stagecoach. These horses are 1:18 scale and weigh over 600 grams bronze each. The horses are a matched pair as they were fabricated from the same mould but I adjusted the pose and sculpted new wax versions to make different variations. Due to their size these horses […]

Stagecoach 3

 

I have now cast the stagecoach wheels and axles and roof rails and steps. This essentially completes the coach, except for the three storage boxes I have yet to cast. And the horses, of course. I will post another entry when the work is almost complete. The following pictures show progress so far. The stagecoach […]

Stagecoach 2

 

I have made some progress with my stagecoach. I had previously cast and assembled the frame and had cast the floor pieces in bronze. One of the rear seat extension brackets didn’t fully cast due to a sprue error, so I had to recast this piece in my next casting session. The next casting was […]

Stagecoach 1

 

I am beginning to cast a new work that will be a bronze stagecoach. This stagecoach is intended to be a submission to the Calgary Stampede for 2020. I am basing this casting on a wooden model kit. At the moment I am not planning on casting the horses for the stagecoach. These will be […]