Wooden Fish Weathervanes

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Blog series by woodetal updated 02-19-2019 05:35 PM 6 parts 6001 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: Fish out of water, moving in the wind

01-14-2019 05:42 PM by woodetal | 2 comments »

Wooden Fish Weathervanes Wooden Fish Weathervanes: New here. Thought I would add to the discussion. This chronicles the path that it took to make the wooden fish weathervanes that are moving as the wind blows. This is truly a work in progress. The beginning of this was a search for others that have made, or make, wooden weathervanes, wind art out of wood or any thing that is close to that. I have found LOTS of commercial materials out there that are not so great. Some incredible art f...

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Part 2: Wooden Fish

01-14-2019 09:15 PM by woodetal | 1 comment »

Wooden fish weathervanes: Fish Story This may not be a fish, rather an icthyosaurus that paddled the great Basin in Nevada/Utah and the rest of the world forever ago. This is a photo from Burning Man, 2013 that was created and installed at the festival as a moving interactive HUGE kinetic sculpture. Imagine a 50 foot long suspended marionette that could be moved by pulling on the ropes. That and it was lit at night giving it the presentation shown. It was wooden, apparently from take ...

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Part 3: Video

01-17-2019 10:23 PM by woodetal | 0 comments »

Video of fish moving in the wind. More latrer if this works.

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Part 4: Epoxy and Varnish

02-15-2019 04:38 PM by woodetal | 0 comments »

Wooden Fish WeathervanesPart Four: Epoxy and Varnish Epoxy as a wood coating has volumes of writing about applications and pitfalls. Getting a reasonable temperature to work in is the challenge. Heat of the summer and the coating dries really fast. Cold, below 55 degrees, and curing can take days. First Epoxy the EMT: The EMT is the first time to get epoxy. The tubing is hollow so it needs to have a washer for the insertion Sanding between coats is nice and avoiding drips is t...

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Part 5: Shaping the Shape

02-15-2019 05:11 PM by woodetal | 0 comments »

Wooden Weathervanes: Fish StoryPart Five, Shaping the Shape Rough Shape: There is a fish under the wood, hiding, waiting to be lured out and set free. But, the fish will not emerge without some coaxing and more time. Sanding, for me is the best way to get there. So, in preparation for the sanding, consider a couple of time-saving options. At some point in time the fish will be mounted and installed somewhere. To get there will be epoxy, varnish and some type of fin material.EMT and ...

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Part 6: Adding the Fins

02-19-2019 05:35 PM by woodetal | 0 comments »

Wooden Fish WeathervanesNext: Part Six: Adding Fins My sequencing was off on the installments. I posted a video that became the next in order. Some of the files are too large on the photos so, rather than edit, I am culling through the photo directories to find smaller files. Editing would probably be faster. So here is the next installment. If you want to see the BLOG here is the link. Part Six: Adding Fins Just the wooden shape alone does ...

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