|George demonstrating his pointing machine|
Wikipedia has an excellent comprehensive article under the heading "Pointing machine," which covers the topic very fully, including pointing machines using laser light that gives an audible warning when the right carving depth is reached. The latest computer guided router systems can scan a model in three dimensions, and reproduce it in almost any material and any size. George can be contacted at 0425735870 his email is email@example.com
|Mel Rayski-Mati at the ASV meeting|
In 2010 Mel travelled to Cambodia to study metal arts and broaden her skills. It is here that she learned the art of making sculptures and wall art from many hundreds or even thousands of individual parts that would eventually create large-scale images and beautiful patterns.
In her studio sitting alongside the traditional blacksmiths tools of hammer, forge and anvil are a plasma cutter and machinery that assist with bending, rolling and folding as well as the tools and jigs she has made herself.
Mel has great versatility in her work, sculptural forms, wall art and utilitarian items such as mirrors often created from found objects and motifs of the natural world. Many of these beautiful works picturing scrolls, leaf forms and animals are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use and are finished to a very high standard.
She likes searching through scrap metal yards to find pieces that she felt she could develop into a meaningful sculpture. She showed the group many pictures of garden art items made from cut up old water heaters, and other scrap metal pieces as well as in her home studio, which is about to be greatly enlarged. Mel can be contacted at her " Forging Ahead" studio in Hurstbridge Vic. At, info@ forgingahead.com.au, or 0466726687. Her web site is www.forgingahead.com.au
You can also follow her progress by "Liking" her business page on Facebook.www.facebook.com.au/forgingaheadmetalart and Instagram. www.instagram.com.au/forgingaheadmetalart
Report by Gordon Robertson