I have had this piece for a while but finally got around to taking some pics of it. It is a great early soapbox derby racer. Shows some age but is a great looking peace. Almost folk art in look. “Rival Unchained” !!! Great name.
Still has last race banner attached. Class A race!
Cockpit is pretty cool too. Has a 60s auto type upholstery look. Very cool steering wheel as well.
I was intrigued by David Smith when he did similar spays over found objects. These are simple studies of black spray paint on paper towels. I used a variety of wrenches and plan to add more found objects to the process.
I will get in touch with some of my paint friends and get a better paper source. These images are 11″ x 5.5″
This is a Hossfeld No1 Bender. I already have it’s bigger brother the No2 but I found this one at auction and could not pass it by. I may try to see if I can use it for bending bicycle frame tubing and bicycle forks. It being smaller than the No2 I think it might be easier/cheaper to make dies for it.
Close up – all necessary parts are with it including the bending yoke and eyelet bender for the top. See http://www.hossfeldbender.com
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Not a lot going on in the frame building front. Working on getting an alignment table figured out before I can go much further. Will probably not get the frame complete by the time I go to the Handmade Bicycle Show in Feb.
Got another chance to visit the Liberty Tool Company as I vacation up in Maine. The Liberty Tool Company offers a never ending supply of used tools, tooling and agricultural items.
Long story short – had a chance meeting with “Son of the Sculptor” David Hayes while traveling down rt 81 south of Wilkes-Barre PA.
I noticed (what at first I thought was some scrap – only because I was too far away) a pickup truck carrying a sizable sculpture. After tailing and otherwise harassing the person driving I convinced him to pull into a rest stop so that I could have a closer look. It was then I was introduced to “Son of the Sculptor” David Hayes.
We had a great conversation about his dad and his work and the efforts being taken to share this incredible collection with others. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of David and the book he shared with me. I have been telling this story to all of my friends and I am extremely grateful for the meeting.
I have included a link to his site that contains tons of information about him and his work. I hope you all take the time to have a look. www.davidhayes.com
Another interior shot of the studio. Taken shortly after the Western Loudoun County Studio Tour. The Tour was a great success. Thanks to all those who came out to meet me and see the studio. Have a look at the Purcellville Gazette article about the tour!