Sculpting Squash our Dog in Blender

We have a project in the pipeline - making animations of our dogs Harvey & Squash and their adventures narrowboating. Alison, being very clever with CAD and 3D modelling is in charge of making the characters come to life. She uses a nifty piece of opensource software called Blender. Having spent about lots of hours doing this sculpt, we thought it best to show you in Timelapse, otherwise it would be longer than Gone with the Wind!  

Making our Sofa and Storage

The next instalment of the great narrowboat refit is out. Building our Sofa and storage for the TV and Guitars and assorted bits and bobs! There are many different seating options we have tried over the years. We have looked at new sofas and failed to find one that was right for us. The only option was to make our own. That is the thing about boats; it is very hard to buy things off the peg that fit how your really need them. You can compromise;

Narrowboat Bathroom Refit

After the great flood of 2017, when we had to completely strip out the interior of our narrowboat. Then the stretch (a cut an shut for boats) followed. We are now nearing the end of refitting out the boat. The bathroom is in the centre of the boat between the bedroom and the kitchen. At 6ft x 6ft, we knew we wanted to fit a bath and a shower, a sink and a composting toilet (dry toilet). We squeezed all this in, as well as built in

Laser Cutting Disaster

After a normal day of cutting the previous day, we powered up Lowry to begin a new days work and started up the laser as normal. Lou was busy working in Da Vinci on designs when she got a frantic phone call from Ali: Ali: "Lou, there's something wrong with the Laser. It's making a funny buzzing noise and wont cut anything?" Lou: "Is it the tube? - has it blown?" Ali: "I don't know, come and help, we need to take it all apart" Lou: "F!!@*****!!!K" with finance head

Bingley Five Rise Locks Artwork Commission – Artrage 6

I completed this piece as a commission for a couple who love the canals but do not own a boat of their own at the moment. They have lovely memories of places they have holidayed over the canal network, and they wanted a reminder of a place special to them. They chose the Bingley Five Rise set of staircase locks and showed me some photos that showed how they remembered it. It was a challenge as it is full of complicated details, with the locks