Custom rat bike for Maloney’s Barber Shop: stage 2.. hand-lettered sign & completion

Every now and then stuff falls into place and I end up building something particularly rad for a special person or business. In this case the person was the all round extremely nice dude/ business manager Julian Maloney and the … Continue reading Custom rat bike for Maloney’s Barber Shop: stage 2.. hand-lettered sign & completion

 Rib-replacement  boatbuilding class at NZTBS  

Last Friday I had the privilege to attend a day class at the fabulous and newly relocated New Zealand Traditional Boatbuilding School (NZTBS). The subject of this class was the replacement of steam-bent ribs (frames) in traditional kauri clinker boats.  Talented boatbuilder and tutor Paul Tingy ran us through theory of bracing up an old distorted hull, stripping out damaged ribs, steam bending white oak, riveting with copper boat nails and roves. Then we all had a go at the essential processes of rib replacement on a derelict old ’40s Percy Voss-built ship’s dinghy (possessed by the school for such … Continue reading  Rib-replacement  boatbuilding class at NZTBS  

Models for ‘Bin The Bag’ project (with The Open Fort)

This job brief was pretty simple, allowing my creative eye, recycled material passion and my hot-glue gun to go nuts. As part of a series of street- based games, demos and activities to educate public on South Auckland’s new council waste and recycling program, The Open Fort planned a tabletop-based game with a recycled aesthetic, where the player drives a tiny Radio controlled rubbish bin full of tokens.“..make us the little buildings the players had to drop things off at in the little remote control bin game. ..’Home’, the Supermarket, the Recycling Plant and the Tip”. And part 2 of the … Continue reading Models for ‘Bin The Bag’ project (with The Open Fort)

Game pieces for the Orchard To Lunchbox game

Recently I was commissioned to build some wooden components for an educational game designed by The Open Fort. Using mostly 9mm birch ply / pine/ purpleheart and lots of jigs, routing, mitre saw cutting and pattern-making I built a whole bunch of mini apple crates, some delivery trucks, hand-held forklifts, apple trees, sorting trays, flagpoles, cash registers and more. The game was ingeniously developed, for school workshops, to promote awareness of issues around the food industry and the importance of minimizing food waste. Designed by Toby and The Open Fort team in collaboration with the Love Food Hate Waste and Talking … Continue reading Game pieces for the Orchard To Lunchbox game