Last week, Fred worked on adding more willow branches and bulrushes (tule), bringing more movement to the whole sculpture. Richard continues to hammer out the metal to form the steelhead trout. Quite impressive work as he also makes his own tools to do the forming of the bend of the fish, their fins and more! This coming weekend, if you are in the Seaside area, you can get a first hand view of the artwork on display at Fred's shop during the West End Arts Celebration.
Hammering half of the steehead just out of the forge. Richard sets the hot metal onto a concave wood block that has been soaked in water. then he moves over the the anvil to hammer the metal out further. It all happens within about a minute or two...then the metal is too cool to work on. But, if you touched it with your bare hand, you would know it is still very hot!
This week the kelp fronds to represent the ocean and the willow branches to represent the riparian habitat for the river have been added. Additional refinement on the spiral of the river was also accomplished. Richard continues to forge and fabricate the thirteen steelhead trout for the sculpture...and soon, a red-legged frog and dragonfly! Following are the photos showing these different aspects.
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