Hello again after a long spell away from the blog posting! apologies for this but it was a case of forgetting passwords to write one and a tad busy in the workshop on many projects. Some focus was done on new techniques for making bricks and the second hand clay extruder from eBay has been a Godsend and opened my eyes to many possibilities for making windows, doorways, corbels, quoins, special shaped bricks and blocks. I was lucky enough to have a book on stonemasonary for Christmas having been asked and that too has been very useful! the above photo is a dry fit of unfired bricks that have been made via the extruder and the front faces chipped individually. quite time consuming but once you get into the routine of creating them its surprising how quick you can make 1000 of them! Changing the clay can add various other effects and the above photo is showing an earthstone clay which is a type of stoneware clay..this clay is also used to make kiln furniture such as props and shelves. you can get this in various textures and when firing to variable temperatures can create another variety of shades.
New electronic circuit boards have arrived at the workshop which now give a double flash configuration and also the plug in PSU unit can be bought for USA, European, Asian sockets so very soon my work can be shipped out to far away lands. Unfortunately the cost to me has increased by 50% but the effect is very good. Drawings are at hand to produce a revolving flash with a Fresnel lens and Lighthouse Jonathan could very well be the first.
Lighthouse Rebecca is coming along slowly but the brick sales very slow and it looks like the lighthouse will be a short light from the original plan. A campaign will start again this week to try and generate sponsored bricks with initials…if you would like to have your initials inscribed onto a brick you can visit this link to a page on my website. this page has been set up in place of the ‘Fundrazer link! this has been instigated as the website holder was getting commission from the donation and my method is more cost effective for Rebecca’s cause to raise funds to send her for treatment of a rare spinal cancer. She cannot get treatment for this in the UK despite many NHS attempts to rid her of this vile disease. Lighthouse One Light is coming to a close now but another supplier is being sought for the ash wood turned base as my previous supplier went into liquidation…hopefully I can sort this out during this busy week and get this to the Huth family in London.