Friday, September 21, 2012

Woodwork- Carving

Had tried doing some woodwork quite sometime ago.
Certainly wish I have the time to do more.

Started off with something small...

Enter. Wood. 12.4 x 17.5cm.

Then moved on to something bigger and softer wood. 
Baggage. Wood. 17.8 x 27.8cm. 2009.

The addiction came. As in I find it rather therapeutic to carve. It always have been actually. So I moved on to trying bigger pieces. As it is hard to find good wood here, I resort to using cutting board. They are made of very durable wood since, as its name implies... 
Balance. Wood. 29 x 41.5cm. 2009.

Time. Wood. 24 x 35.4cm. 2009.

Untitled. Wood. 21.8 x 32.8. 2009.

As I traced the year I did these. It really have been quite a long time ago. If time allows, it sure will be nice to try carving again...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Separate Blog for my Crafts - Cardboard Crafts...

Decided to create a separate blog for all my craftworks,, so as to categorize this particular theme of works. Think this recycling theme of works should be have a blog of its own. I suppose it would be better than lumping all my works together.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Walking House

Houses on stilts are now a thing in the past. Using that idea, I created a house on stilts, and it can walk. The house has dining area, living room area with tv, coffee table and sofa, kitchen area and not forgetting a big sofa bed.

Robot ONe and Robotoo

Robot toys are lovable. How can I not make any cardboard robot toys, right? Always love those antique tin robots. So time to make my own robot toys. Making use of my knowledge on making puppets, I incorporated the moving mechanisms, so the robots are movable at most parts, from the head, arms, legs, and waist.

 Robot ONe

Robot ONe and Robotoo shaking hands.
Robot ONe and Robotoo.
Robot ONe and Robotoo having a chat.

The Flyer

I have cars, I have bikes, so how can I not have planes?
Made a real ugly plane prototype before I came up with this. Instead of making it look very realistic like a real aeroplane, I choose to give it a more cartoon-y feel.

A combination of helicopter and aeroplane. Besides having the movable rotor on top, it also has a pair of turbo engine on its wings. The engines are movable, so the flyer can fly both horizontally and vertically. This shall be my first flying toy series.

Crazy Houses On Wheels

On the roll here, continued on and made this, Crazy Houses on Wheels. Since I can have mini houses, how about different kind of houses, as if it's a city? So I went on and made houses of different shapes and sizes, and some like on stilt. I added more and more, so much so this piece is the heaviest and biggest so far.

Mini Houses on the MOve

An idea that continued on after completing Moving Cottage. Also inspired from an exhibition I saw by Michael Lee. So I thought, why not have many mini houses together, and they can all travel together? So out came this.

To create a link from one house to another, I've added strips that kinda serve as ladder.

Flying Office

How about a office that can fly around? An office that's on wings?
Actually this one is modelled after a wooden toy that I've bought from Prague. The actually toy is a lot more complicated as it's also a puppet. So several parts are movable. If I were to make it as complicated as the wooden toy, it would have to be much bigger in size so as to have the structural strength for all the movable gadgets. Therefore, I opt for a simpler, smaller version of it.

The wings are movable, so can the steering wheel. As this is an office, but the space is quite small, so to solve the problem, the chair is turn-able, 360 degree. So, when driving the office around, the chair can be turned to face the steering wheel, and when working, the chair can be turned to face the table and computer. And yes, there's a toilet at the back. So no worries about no toilet break. Also, the toilet allows a fantastic view!

House On Wheels

As I was making the Moving Cottage, an idea, and image floated in my mind. I saw a huge wheel turning, so I thought to myself, "hey, how about a big wheel which is actually a house?". So, while I was still making the Moving Cottage, I started on House On Wheel as well.

The tricky part on making this piece of work was the structural construction of the wheels. The wheels must be able to move separately from the main body, which is the house. I also added a small 'viewing platform' on one side of the exterior of the wheels. I thought, it will be cool if there's a viewing platform where one could sit and relax, and enjoy the views.

Back of the House On Wheels.

Details of the interior.

There's a dining area, living room with sofa and coffee table, bookshelf, and kitchen area on the 2nd storey. The lower storey is a simple bedroom and study table. Also included at the top storey, a small control room, well, there must be some kinda control are for 'driving' the house around. Just like with the Moving cottage, making tiny furniture using the corrugated cardboard was quite a challenge as the smaller the piece, the harder it is to cut the cardboard without damaging it. So I guess if I want to make anything smaller, I would need to use other kind of cardboards...

Moving Cottage...

Time to move on to something different...
Inspired by Howke's Moving Castle, I created this piece, Moving Cottage. Perhaps not as marvellous as the one in the movie, I think it's a good start, for more to come.
 One mistake that I've made was failing to take photographs of the interior before I cover up. So I don't have any photographs to show the living room, dining room, and bedroom. Also created a control room. Well, the cottage can move, so will need some control room of some sort (I imagined).
 Front and back of the Moving Cottage.
To get up to the upper storey, I have made ladders, which are on the outside. So to get from one storey to another, just follow the ladders...

It was really fun creating this, though it was rather challenging trying to make those tiny chairs, tables, etc. I had so much fun that I ended up making a few more such toys...