This is my latest sculpture, made on my forge.
I call it ‘The Circle of Engineering’, for reasons I will explain.
The first stage of my career in engineering was as a technician engineer. This began with my apprenticeship. I spent my first year learning traditional machining techniques, the use of lathes, mills, sheet metal work etc.
Now, nearly 34 years and a full career later, I am able to fully indulge my hitherto part-time passion for making things, for creating, for designing.
And so I come to my sculpture. If it’s genesis hasn’t become obvious by now, I’ll tell more.
It is made from spanners. All are old whitworth sizes, as used on Mildred, our 1933 Austin Seven, bought from an autojumble for 20p each.
The circle theme is of course a metaphor for life. A working life that has taken me full circle, through an engineering career I would not have changed for anything, back to working with my hands, but now in my own workshop, creating art as inspiration take me.
So there you have it, the ‘Circle of Engineering’.