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Spines R Us by ou8nrtist2 Spines R Us by ou8nrtist2
This is a process shot from making the Vertebrae Conference Table over the Christmas holidays 2008.
The finished work in the movie studio in L.A. for which it was built:[link]
All the whale vertebral parts were forged,then welded in order on a long curved square tube.
I am beginning to show some exuberance in this shot because I am starting to see how all the parts will come together ,and that it is actually looking like what I intended it to...
Always a pleasant moment.
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Kauffeldtvonkos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Excellent work!!!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you Greg!
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KAIS3R-9 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are everything i aspire to be, especially the mustache
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
All your work is fantastic. I see that you make a good living at it. I have looked at you whole gllery and you are very talented. Inspiring.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
Dear Shaun,
I think the term,"a good living"is a relative term and debatable.
While it is true that if one looks at the face value of my existence,I am surrounded by beauty,I have a tremendous amount of personal freedom,and at this point in my career I can work on pretty much whatever
I want to. The sad truth is I have no security,retirement,healthcare,and have been living pretty much hand -to-mouth for the last 18 months(because of the economy).Art being a luxury in most cultures,it is the FIRST thing cut out of the financial diet when there is a money crunch...
Just didn't want you to think it was all fun and games...LOL
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
As a goldsmith I hear you loud & clear. Your work is really great though. I have had to sell my soul on a few occasions and make items that appealled to the mass market rather than the one of a kind pieces I truly enjoy. Your burning man pieces were genius I thought. Have ever developed a line that you could perhaps market to places like Pier1 and such? I used to leave items in private galleries in the $15-35 dollar range and it tended to move alomst regularly. You die a little inside but you get to keep eating. *LOL*
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
I've never been able to bring myself to enjoy production work.
Those Burning Man pieces were the exception and initially rejected by my client.
I was freaking out inside but kept my cool and he accepted them the next day...
But after that I swore I'd never make production stuff I didn't think was cool myself...
If I had a big shop with several assistants I'd probably do low run limited edition pieces but not actually touch them myself,only the prototype...LOL
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I am suprised the vendor had issue with those pieces, they were an awesome idea.
I have had issues with the production end of things myself. Used to design and make wedding bands with the braided wire in the centre, which of course all has to be hand woven and then drawn flat. Getting it to look good and having the braid come out perfect just slaughtered my eyes, looking for imperfections. If I a couple of lackeys it certainly would have kept the line up moving but eventually I had to stop due to carpel tunnel issues. That and everyone wanted something special woven into the wirework. One guy asked me to weave "I love you" into it. My response was that I was not Rumpelstiltskin. LOL
If you ever do any other production lines I would love to see your take on them.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional
I actually do (occasionally)very limited edition multiples.The new technologies allow a variety of precision computer operated cutting which though these are conceived of as industrial processes,I've adapted for purely decorative aps...I.E.Laser cutting,water-jet cutting,and plasma cutting.

Stuff like this:
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and
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This was the design that was almost rejected(after I finished all 250 of them);
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This was the first successful design for the same bazzilionaire client and Burning Man fanatic:
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pyrates Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Those last ones were pretty awesome as well. Do you do the burning man thing everytime? Or was this just an occasional series for the customer? I really like the hair piece as well. I wouls be saw piercing that for hours. Did a Wedding photo album once for a good friend and saw pierced a floral design in brass on the cover that matched the velum between the pictures.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional
I do not go to BM myself. I am an "Ocean" person,and the desert sort of creeps me out.LOL.
I had an extremely wealthy and extravagant client who is a BM fanatic and patronized my work for several years...I have had a few other clients for whom I've made specific pieces destined for BM. I'm not sure if it's just synchronicity or what...
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StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
wow!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional
Someday I'll make a ladder like this...
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Kestlovas Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
niiice :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional
Thank you Kestutis ...
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Kestlovas Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You're so welcome :) I hope I'll bust my butt someday to make something this great
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
The coolest thing is,
when you get to that point,it won't be busting your butt. It'll be like a flourish at the end of a calligraphic signature,effortless and graceful...
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Kestlovas Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
I know you're right, but several decades of hard work separates me from things to be like that. And that's a lot of time...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional
It passes in the blink of an eye...
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Kestlovas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
That's so true. This is why I'm afraid I will waste it
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camilah Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
AWESOME:D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Thanks camilah.
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camilah Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Your welcome:hug::hug:
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secondself Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it when things start coming together. You could have stopped right there and it still would have been a great piece.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
It's almost all about doing "one's homework" and diligent pre-planning.
But sometimes MAGIC happens where the result is more than the sum of the parts,and THOSE moments are what I live for...
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
that's a fun shot! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Goofy metal guy having fun with imitating Nature...
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
yeah....You look like a goof.....;)
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
You make me want to go paint immediately!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Good,because your paintings make me want to make sculpture immediately...LOL
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
;)
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vonzott Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice shot! You look like a young Gepetto! Except, I'm thinking that the Fairy Godmother who visits YOUR work is gonna be somehow completely different than what we're used to, eh?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Hopefully she'll make something other than my nose grow longer.
I think that part of me is big enough...LOL
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vonzott Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Sadly, the nose NEVER stops growing... and, the part YOU'RE thinking of never stops shrinking... it just ain't *fair*, I tell ya!
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Love the look. The matching gloves, NOT. The nice neat and orderly shop in the background. The elegant and matching supports for the piece. LOL It all looks so familiar.

Then we have this stainless back-bone. Are you sure you aren't going into replacement parts for whales? Is there a fish vet or mad scientist lurking somewhere in that shop?

Love the bones.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Bones have some of my favorite shapes.
I started working on the new DOLPHIN VERTEBRAE sculpture yesterday,cutting out the parts from stainless sheet with my PLASMA CUTTER.I had some magic moments working with that high tech tool,watching it do it's thing...I have a feeling it'll turn into an essay someday soon...
Oh just FYI that spine was forged and welded in STEEL as compared to STAINLESS STEEL. (Completely different materials).
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
well its cool whatever its made of. I know most of your stuff is stainless. I know they are different but similar, hey its steel. One rusts the other doesn't. That about covers my knowledge of the material. I do know stainless is a bit harder to work with, or at least that was my understanding.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
Oh, there are in fact two Phds in marine biology that have an influence on my work.
Dr Guy Oliver who has a lab at Santa Cruz (my cousin).
And Dr.Salvador Jorgensen,currently doing Great White Shark research for Stanford and the Monterrey Bay aquarium...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hey that is pretty cool. I think it is cool to know a bunch of different people with different perspectives. It makes life so much more interesting to be able to get a little glimpse from other people's lives. You seem to have an extremely rich assortment of people in your life. I've run across a few interesting people in my time but nothing like the associations you have.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional
I collect high functioning eccentrics...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
sounds like fun how do you manage it?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional
Takes one to know one.
The operative term here is"high functioning".
I think the world is usually tolerant of eccentrics ,as long as they can communicate and function reasonably well in the world at large. My friends tend to be creative,which often can lead to eccentricity,but at an early age I learned that far from being a handicap,these are the things that separate us from others and give us our uniqueness...a trait always favored in my family.
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Parwal Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That is pretty awesome. If I had mad skill like yours I'd probably be exuberant about my work too.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional
Well if your little webcam animation is any indication,I'd say you already DO have mad skills...LOL
That's the best I've seen on D.A. and you should get a D.D. in my humble opinion...
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