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  2. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    Picture of truck.
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  4. Bill Hudson

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    Can you post a photo or picture of the actual truck?
  5. @WeekendMiniaturist Yes, I think I'll take the route of working from the full size products. Wood wise I am still trying to locate a good source at an affordable price. Here in New Zealand it's limited. I have been thinking of getting a small bandsaw to make my own. Oh, a REAL job. I need to get some real life work. I've been out for two years now, not good. Film extra work, which I have signed up for in the interim, is too few and far between to be able to pay the bills. Lots of job applications but yet to get to interview stage, let alone an actual job offer. Hopefully that will change soon. I love your description of FOF as "an experienced lifetime subscriber of paralysis by analysis." Hopefully I'll be able to get started soon. The internet has been a blessing and a curse, easier to do research but now I get into the research loop instead of making. Thanks for all your help and hopefully soon I can offer you a range of upmarket furniture to save you making it. 😉
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Seeking Xray vision of your upholstered projects

    I would Shape arms for this chair from a thicker piece of wood, use my bandsaw to take the bulk of it, and then my belt sander to help, and finally sand by hand for final shaping. The key to chairs is to have matching parts for the left and right - which is a most humbling experience to do by hand with sandpaper and files. You can shape the arms with jewelers saw or a drum sander on a drill press. There are a lot of ways to create this chair. I would use basswood in the US; limewood in the UK. Basswood is technically a hardwood, but it is very easy to work with in miniatures, and perfect for this kind a scratch building project. <smiling> I'm an experienced lifetime subscriber of paralysis by analysis... I suspect this is a very good characteristic for people who love details and fine miniatures. In my 2 decades + of participating in this wonderful art form, getting myself out of the paralysis by analysis did require money spent on classes and tools, and as projects that pique my interest continue to be fed, I haven't found a way for me to get rid of this condition. Instead my projects got more complex, which required more study, and more classes, and more tools = all equal more $$. So, I continue to work in real life to support my hobby. I usually do something from scratch at least 3x to get the desired results - sometimes I do a lot more than 3... it just depends on what I want to accept in terms of my own ability to create. If it gets extremely frustrating I am thankful that our artisans sell their work, and I don't have to create it myself. If for example I want 250 matching stair spindles, I may have to make 500 of them and choose the 250 that match the best - this requires getting over my fear of failure, too - and guess what I haven't started - maybe this year...? You just cut the 'v's into the back of your chair's arms. I think you are referring to the intersection of the front of the cushion and the back of the arm. The V, may not actually be there. Upholstered items can have the effect of the V - by removing the padding in that area. Or, she purposely designed it with the lack of wood when she sculpted the arms, if she glued up various thickness of wood to construct the arm. To understand a chairs construction there is a wealth of information of a chair's frame in upholstery books... I would suggest reviewing You Tube Videos for upholstering a chair, or the library or bookstore. Once you review them at the library or bookstore, you can decide that book is of good value and can purchase it. I have found in my quest that most of the info I seek has already been published in a life size version; I just have to find the information and miniaturize it to a scale of 1" to 1'.
  7. @ElgaKoster Thanks for the detailed description of your chair seat. I am looking more for detailed skeleton builds of the fully upholstered chair frames as per sample chair attached. I am wondering how this underlying structure was done (especially those pointed arms). I would like to see the skeleton of this so to speak. Also to work out how to go about getting the fabric in place properly so it is all covered. It looks like there is a V gap between arm and seat back in this sample too so interested to find out how that gets dealt with. As usual I am probably over analysing things but that's my FOF (Fear of Failure) coming through. I always like to have everything clear in my head before I start so I don't mess up. It's crippling. @WeekendMiniaturist I have seen some mini upholstery videos but not seen many where they show the making of more complex frames. Most, that I have seen, seem to work with profiled blocks of balsa or foam core and don't have much in the way of fancy shapes. I have tried to contact Kari, through Facebook and website email, but so far no response.
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Seeking Xray vision of your upholstered projects

    I usually shape my seat cushions from basswood; then use a layer or two of batting to make it softer for upholstery. I haven't been in Kari's classes, but I would attempt to shape upholstered items the same way it is done in real life. When I first started in miniatures I did not know about the Guild, so my first attempts of building furniture were with the House of Miniatures kits. These kits used a hard foam for the seat cushion, but they were not sculpted to show a rounded off edge, so even in the beginning I had cut out my cushions from basswood and shaped them with an electrical sander - any variation of sanding equipment will work depending on your ability to control it. I like our large disc sander for sanding off edges for a cushion. You can also shape with a band saw. I need both hands to shape, so I wouldn't try to use a jewelers saw, as I think you need a third hand. I had purchased Nancy Summers kits at the miniature shows and this was reinforced because this is the same type of cushion that she supplied in her kits. I really appreciate the accuracy of the bands representing the burlap straps under a chair, but I've never attempted to track down the supplies to do this. The sentiment for Xray vision is understandable, but all you really need are a bunch of books from the library on upholstery - or watch the videos on the internet. Miniature magazines are an excellent resource for how-to(s). I think the best resource for Fine Furniture making in Miniature is the Scale Cabinetmaker, but all of the miniature magazines that I have seen in the US have been happy resources for inspiration. I have never looked for a video on miniature upholstery, but I bet they are on the web somewhere.
  9. The underside of the finished chair.
  10. Petrik I try to stay as close as possible to original methods or what would give the look of authentic upholstery. I do draw the line at using springs and horse hair though. In real life they would use nails for the straps etc, I just use a good white wood glue as I feel my frame doesn't need a lot of holes with nails in, I think it wouod weaken it and I am also concerned that the brass will eventually discolour my petit point or fabric. I lbuilt a wooden frame and glue cotton straps to it, I wish I could find narrower ones. Next I glue on very thin cotton lawn, followed by my filling which is usually cotton quilt batting, you get these in different thicknesses and I use whatever will give me the desired thickness which can vary from chair to chair. Next I glue my petit point on and cut the gauze after the glue has dried to the same width as the seat frame. I haven't done a fully upholstered chair yet but plan on doing it at some time in the furture. Here are some photos.
  11. I see so many finely finished upholstered chairs. But I'd love to see some of these creations undressed so to speak. I'd like to see the way people are handling the underlying frame works. Are you making it out of chunks of foam board or balsa as a lot of the books show, are you filling your base with sand, a rather (to me at least) odd method in a book I have, or are you making a mini version of what a real world chair fame would be like? I have just discovered Kari Bloom's work and am inspired but also somewhat lost at how the underlying structures on some of those more unusual arm profiles are created. Which method do you use for your base?
  12. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    If you search "EngelsCoachShop" site on Youtube, there are many interesting videos on horse drawn vehicles, some with rubber tyres.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    I have seen a square o-ring for garden hose, but this is the only time I have seen them in real life. Are square rubber tires consistent on a certain type of wheel? The only carriage resource that I have locally is the Studebaker National Museum, and I think they have a wooden carriage in the museum, I will have to add this to my list of places to visit this year.
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  15. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    The link to the O-Ring Store for square section o-rings. https://www.theoringstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&amp;cPath=367_2203_98
  16. mgrlvr

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    HI! Thanks for the info. Where are they shown on their website? Hi! Bill Hudson. Pat
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    Guy,Yes, this photo has appeared! I love wheels... they remain on my list of things to try! Thank you for persisting and sharing a picture with us! And I appreciate the O Ring source too; I am guessing that I will be shopping on their site.
  18. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    Hi, Bill I show two photos, one by accident, on my computer. I'll attach another one and maybe the wheel will appear.
  19. Bill Hudson

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    Not getting any photos.
  20. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

    My current project is a scale model of the "World's Oldest Pickup" truck. This truck used wooden spoke wheels much like older wagons, buggies, and the like. I have made many wood spoke wheels employing traditional full-scale methods, but I thought I would like to try something different. I scroll sawed the wheel including the spokes and then rounded the spokes to the appropriate egg shape. This type of wheel is called an "Archibald" as it uses a metal hub instead of a wooden hub. The tyre is a square section, 3 inch O-ring. I didn't know square section O-rings existed until I stumbled on to a web site called the "O-Ring-Store-LLC", located in Washington State. Cheers, Guy
  21. Guy Gadois

    Oldest Pickup Truck

  22. miniredleader

    Guild School June 2019 Class Selections!

    Guild School 2019 still has openings in classes. Some are full, but there are lots of great classes available. Check out the Guild School pages on the website. http://igma.org/guild_school/index.html
  23. ElgaKoster

    Artisan Hardware/Component Supplier List

    Some more suppliers are: 1. Olde Mountain Miniatures, https://oldemountain.com/ she only has line drawings on her website but you can see photos on this website https://earthntree.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=index&amp;cPath=72_82_527 2. Cats Paw, they have lots of hardware but you have to email and ask for a cataloque as they don't have the 1/12 scale items on their website. https://www.catspawonline.com/ 3. Some lovely hardware here, they gave me a few samples at Guild School. https://www.etsy.com/shop/drgsbrass?fbclid=IwAR15sG9HDXT4e-O1df3raAt8rHZb88MdZCjNXDcPkKdHh7TbW7zbGTowLnU
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Artisan Hardware/Component Supplier List

    It is interesting request for online classes. Having just the experience of preparing to teach for my miniature club in the past, it takes up a lot of time to teach, and I can only imagine how much prep I would need to do online classes. I think for our Artisans who create miniatures on a full-time basis, would need their time to produce and sell, but they might consider online classes if folks were to pay and subscribe. So each of us have to ask ourselves how much would you be willing to pay? If any artisans are interested in the ability to chat over a phone line and share a monitor, I have this software in my office for our phone system, so I could give you a demonstration on this one, so you can see how it works, my work load is lighter in the summer months, so I can schedule this kind of demo in Jun, Jul, Aug. Having used this kind of software electronically for the past year, it can be challenging for the person at the other end, who does not know how to install files, or does not even know where the files have been installed on their computers... so what sounds like it is easy; is still work from a person where the are self-employed as full-time miniaturists. (I am not employed as a miniaturist - I am pretty sure you have to finish them to sell them.) I'm glad you found Ron's facebook page; I suspect that all small business may find it challenging to produce inventory, ship, attend shows, and stay current with social media a challenge, and I think Ron is his only employee unless one of children is assisting to learn the trade. Time vs. income might be the number one reason our artisans don't maintain incredible websites in addition to producing miniatures that captivate us! I'm just happy when I get to to to shows and my favorite artisans have inventory to sell to me! Finding that perfect hardware for a door can produce my own - I want to finish this project sense of urgency! Ron is a 2nd generation miniaturist! Mr. Hudson has some incredible information here on the fine miniatures forum, and there have been 100s of books published for making miniatures in additions to thousands and thousands of magazine articles, depending on the subject matter you want to learn. Mr. Robertson also has some incredible posts on the forum here that illustrate how he makes things, and if you watch his KC Ted Talk, it is another glimpse into the Artist and his processes. If you want to make furniture, I think The Scale Cabinetmaker Magazines and booklets are the Best! The magazines and booklets are available online as pdfs, and you can purchase them on eBay. I bet there are some YouTube Videos for turning small items on line; but I have never looked for them; I have looked at other subjects, but strangely when it comes to turning, I usually go back to a book when I'm at home and left to my own devices for learning. There are several foundational classes on wood turning in books. And you can still attend classes in your own community for full size items; you just need to always be thinking about how to miniaturize to the scale desired. I attended Marc Adams school of woodworking last year, to learn about Stereotomy. I needed to understand how to apply a drawing on paper and transfer it to wood - If you want to Casting Hardware, then I would look at the jewelry community for classes and/or books and webinars.
  25. petrikNZ

    Artisan Hardware/Component Supplier List

    Thanks for the link. It looks like Ron is not very active with his Facebook Page (last post 2016) though it does say he responds to messages within in an hour or so. I would love to see more online classes on places like Skillshare or even on makers own websites as there is no way I could get to Guild School Classes.
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Artisan Hardware/Component Supplier List

    https://www.facebook.com/Ronstetkewiczminiatures/ I'm not sure of the details of your project but my favorite hardware resource is Ron Stetkewicz in the USA. I'm sure there are other people who create cast hardware, too. I look forward to hearing from other miniaturists if they have other hardware resources from other countries. I wonder if anyone does custom turnings on a mass production basis. I could not find a resource for the custom turnings I wanted, so I went to Guild School and started to learn to turn on a metal desktop lathe (metals and wood) and am quite happy with my progress. I participated in a class using the lathe in 2014 and 2015. Of course when I got home after Guild School, I was purchasing tools, and by 2016, I was to the point that I could really practice and start learning to use the lathe. There were several suppliers of basswood turnings through the years that were available in catalogs and at shows, but finding them in the hardwood that I wanted for my projects never happened, so with some help of some great classes, books, a supportive husband and a great online community, I am learning to make my own turnings. Hardware can of course be cast and custom made, but I would guess you would have to commission that level of work. Welcome to the Forum!
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