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 haulage logistics but eventually pride at having pulled the whole thing off.

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I submitted a concept sketch, based on light reflecting off water, but I think memories of lashing spars together to build temporary bridges at scout camp came into play! I remember wanting the posts to look like someone had thrown a handful of sticks across the water.

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The engineer at Powys County Council, Bruce Pucknell, interpreted it in to a more formal engineering drawing:

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and then more scary versions with details of main beam curvature, welding specifications, grades of steel etc etc. This is the drawing that the cat peed all over.

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I drew out a section on the workshop floor, arranged laser cutting of all waves and commenced weeks of welding.

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A total of 60 panels were required, each weighing about 180 kgs which had to be stacked in groups of 15 outside the workshop (above).

Haulage nightmares, irate powder coaters, scares over penalty clauses etc etc made for a very anxious few months. The day after it was all installed the foot and mouth crisis kicked off and the bridge remained closed for the next six months.

But thanks again Sian for the pictures of it now!

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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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Kids in the Shed!!

60 kids from Hertford Infants School at the workshop.

Mr Watt’s shed gets it’s first occupants!

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Wonky metalwork explained….

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…to an attentive audience:

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then the walk back to school, and they’re all exhausted!

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See the Kingfisher class blog at:

http://kingfisherclassblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/visit-to-jon-millss-workshop/

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Hey Kids!!

Here’s me giving a talk to Hertford Infants school assembly.

A quick history of my career to date, from automata and furniture, to public art and demo’s of the Mr Watt eBooks.

What a receptive and appreciative audience!

(with thanks to: All at Hertford Infants School & Branwen Lorigan branwenlorigan@googlemail.com ‘Arts, Education & Creative Economy’)

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Ghost Train pic

Thanks to Clive Baldwin for this shot of the ghost train ~ and here are some others if you haven’t made it to the bottom of the Jenny Lind Locomotive post yet.
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30 years of making in 25 minutes

I spluttered my way through a history of my ‘career’ at the Brighton Mini Makers Faire… and now it’s available for all to see…uh-oh.

 

must get my hair cut

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And now… the eBook goes live! eeee!

Hooray!!

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At last, Apple have finally given the all-clear on the Arts Council fundedĀ  “Mr Watt Grumpy Man of Metal” ebook; almost 9 months have been spent putting the film, animations, demonstrations and stories together; here’s the official link to buy it for your iPad, or to just check out some sample pages:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/mr.-watt-grumpy-man-metal/id683754981?mt=11

Here’s a link to the cover art:

https://vimeo.com/74460468

And here’s a link to a promotional video

https://vimeo.com/69967366

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