If you haven’t heard or noticed, since obtaining my own website address outside the Weebly network I have shortened it to “byBuck.com.” If you are looking for classic car related items, you can enter www.byBuck.com/automobilia. If you wish to go directly to this blog: www.byBuck.com/bucks-blog. And so forth for each site page.
Since the Craft Fair in March, I have completed a couple of ornaments that I am particularly pleased with the way they turned out. Both required the use of a lathe for the recreation of original components of an ornament that were missing on the pieces that I obtained. For both I used native Texas mesquite because it is tight-grained, hard and finishes well
The first is something that an attendee at the fair had specifically asked about: a late 1940s Lincoln hood ornament. This 1946 Lincoln ornament required the turning of a perfectly spherical 2” ball, then the carving of the ball to mate with the ornament. Also needed was a short, thin, vertical piece to act as the leading edge of the wedge-shaped chrome wings which form a sort of vee. above the ball And then a long, thin base to sit on – for this I used bodark wood for contrast. All of that set onto a plinth of oak
The second is an ornament I have long admired by Nash. In the late 1950s Nash merged with Rambler and together they rambled on together for another decade and finally folded in the mid-60s. The 1956 Nash Rambler ornament is a wide chrome oval with a pair of spears that pierce the oval, both supporting it while each is mounted to the hood. Again, I was able to obtain only the oval and had to turn matching spears, flatten them slightly top & bottom and mount them to a plinth. All these pieces I made of mesquite
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.