Unfinished Art Projects: Axe and Bowl

I took a contemporary art class last semester where I got to work on various interesting projects such as stop motion animation. This post is dedicated to the projects I WASN’T able to finish because of the lack of time and level of difficulty: the Axe and Bowl.

For the axe project, I had to work in both the wood and metal shops that required me to use dangerously sharp and noisy saws. I sweated through my protective gear on my first day when I had to cut my tiny 1.5″ by 6″ sheet metal into a blade shape while struggling not to saw my own fingers off and getting hit by hundreds of tiny hot sparks.

And for my bowl project, my eyes were tearing up painfully because the wind kept randomly blowing smoke in my direction before I could move away in time. I was also suffering in the heat outside and cowered in my tiny shadowy corner as I stoked the fire like a hermit.

I’m still proud of what I learned in the process, I just wish I was able to finish it on time.

How it would connect once I've tied it.

How it would connect once I’ve tied it.

A closer look at the sheet metal blade.

A closer look at the sheet metal blade.

The separate parts of the wooden axe handle and sheet metal blade.

The separate parts of the wooden axe handle and sheet metal blade.

Here's a cool photo of me in the metal shop. I'm dressed in protective gear which includes the leather jacket and goggles.

Here’s a cool photo of me in the metal shop. I’m dressed in protective gear which includes the leather jacket and goggles.

Listening to instructions alongside classmates.

Listening to instructions alongside classmates.

Oiling up the handle in the wood shop.

Oiling up the handle in the wood shop.

My bowl, or what could've been had I had more time and patience. I drew a circle in the center of a slab of apple wood that is being burned through with hot charcoal blocks and wood scraps/kindling. I had to stoke the fire and spray the sides with water to maintain the shape and progress.

My bowl, or what could’ve been had I had more time and patience. I drew a circle in the center of a slab of apple wood that was then burned through with hot charcoal blocks and wood scraps/kindling. I had to stoke the fire and spray the sides with water to maintain the shape and progress.

My other classmates and their bowls outside the studio.

My other classmates and their bowls outside the studio.

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