I go back to work tomorrow at the shop after a month off to concentrate on school. I'll be working a lot more hours this summer than I have been since I was rehired back part time. Here's a couple of lights which I make:
I have one like the one on the bottom in my youngest daughter's room. It's supposed to be an outdoor light but it suits me fine inside.
If I could do anything in metal I would do exclusively foundry work. I took some foundry classes at the National Ornamental Metal Museum here in Memphis and we used to do sandcasting at my shop though that has all been outsourced now.
This is the work a guy I met at the metal museum does at his shop in Ireland:
I know most shops of any size have finishers who do all the finishing and foundry men that do all the foundry work. Usually the foundry men get paid a lot more which is a crock of shit as the real talent lies in the finishing work, but that's an old story. Anyway, there are very few manual labors I enjoy more in this life than casting an object and then finishing it myself. You don't really understand foundry work until you have made objects from start to finish over and over again in that manner. But good luck finding a place which allows a craftsman to do this other than in a backyard foundry setting, or at a little foundry like they have at the Metal Museum, or at a very small shop. I keep thinking about getting my own backyard foundry up and running, but it would take years of steady employment to get the funds needed to get all the toys involved with backyard/garage foundry work. Maybe someday, like everything else.