A sweet story....
The above bowl was the start. Notice it's made of a medley of tools and pieces from an old garage. When my father passed away, he left my mother with such a garage - filled with tractors, instruments, tools of all kinds. It was a mess. It sat for years until we pushed her to remove it. Emotionally, it's difficult to part with such items that represented his workshop - a place of relaxation, creation, instruction and spirit. In our childhood, when Dad said, "go get me the pliers" - it was always the same set of pliers. When he said, "grab me the hammer" - it was the same hammer. We knew these tools then, and we know them now. I found those tools, pieces and parts, molded a decorative piece for our mother made from those. She fills it with candy & fruit, usually, but the elements from which it is made are priceless. After that, Mom was able to detach from the garage of stuff....and have a heirloom from Dad's tools that we cherish forever.
And what we're doing today...
We start with extraction of those gorgeous, forged steel parts. Unless you're a mechanic, you'll underestimate how much effort goes into that process!
Then we'll creatively assemble and arrange the pieces to meet our goals for the final piece. All assembly is dimensionally accurate to the original instrument.
After considerable work, the cleaning can often reveal pieces made from particular alloys (that only the engineers know) that shine in a variety of hues such as the copper-color connecting rods in the image above.
Finishing is not unlike other works of metal art, however I strive to impress admirers with the idea that (1) the elements within the piece are intricate and highly engineered, and (2) with some imagination, the instrument might start and run like a combustion engine.
to the final product!