Author Archives: Jon

About Jon

I'm the Grumpy Man of Metal. What more do you need to know? Bah!

Battery Cycle ( converting a 1939 bicycle to electric)

I used to ride this 1939 Royal Enfield Ladies Loop frame bicycle around Brighton back in the Eighties, before putting it out to pasture and hanging it up from the workshop roof . So when the desire for an electric … Continue reading

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Bladderwracked

A 10 metre wave of seaweed on the side of a new seafront development in Hove. Commissioned before the building was finished, my proposal hinged around this ‘concept’: 1500 seaweed shapes were laser cut from 3mm and 5mm steel plate, … Continue reading

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Going Loco

12 months ago I was asked to propose a design to embellish a ‘pavilion’ structure conceived by architect John Whiting as a focal point for a new housing estate by Croudace Homes in Ashford, near the site of the old … Continue reading

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E.V.-jeebies

Back in the early 90’s I cheekily applied for an Arts Council grant to finance the building of a one-off electric vehicle, to ‘contribute’ to the then burgeoning EV industry from a Crafts perspective. This would no doubt have relied … Continue reading

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The Pear-ly gates

Back in the day, the Marquis of Bristol, who lived in Brighton’s Sussex Square, had a penchant for pears. He experimented and hybridised them in his market gardens on Manor Road (behind the square), his work being acknowledged and supported … Continue reading

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MISGUIDED MAN RESTORES POINTLESS VEHICLE!

STOP PRESS!! Read all about it! This week’s Classic car buyer magazine – Out now!!

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“Watt’s in his head”

So I have spent my time writing a new Mr Watt story and ended up with 50 objects that were required to illustrate it. The story is about Mr Watt’s dream – the loss of his sparkle and the subsequent … Continue reading

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Wiston Steam Rally Ahoy!

Wiston Steam Rally Ahoy! Again with thumping heart I set off on the negligible mileage to Wiston Steam rally – 40 mins away (15 in any other vehicle). Sooo relieved to get there, and straight away the conversations start. Old … Continue reading

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A bridge (not) too far

Thanks to Sian Edwardes-Evans for recently sending me some photos of ‘my’ Dyfi Bridge in Machynlleth, Wales – 15 years on and they brought back mixed memories – nightmare deadlines/penalty clauses/ anxiety over technical & dimensions issues/ welding certificates and … Continue reading

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A short film…

and it’s all about moi! Thanks to Echo Video for wanting to make it:

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