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

Wordplay blocks for Tongan Language Week @Auckland Art Gallery

Round two of the children’s interactive poetic-play blocks. I was asked by Auckland Art Gallery to revamp Wordplay with a set of custom Tongan/English Language blocks for Tongan Language Week this week. Check it out now in the story corner … Continue reading Wordplay blocks for Tongan Language Week @Auckland Art Gallery

 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