Hit into some intense unplanned clock manufacture last week. Made one as a trade for a print by another artist and as it was displayed in my studio other folk got their beadies on it and coaxed me into makin’ these two wee guys. Still workin’ the ‘time is running out’ theme……cos it is eh.

They stand around 290mm tall.

Made this gilet earlier in the week. Started with a British Army inner thermal jacket which I re-cut and trimmed. Got rid of the buttons and holes then introduced the chunky zipper. Not decided whether I will add any more details like maybe a pocket or side tensioners. Kinda like the plain vibe thats there. Finally mastered the art of securing the 10 millimetere trim round the edges. Its all in the pre-pinning before sewing.

Its hangin’ on a stainless steel coat hanger I made a long time ago. The door hook was a great idea too as it allows for storage of at least three jackets. It was so successful that every door in my house now has one. 55 jackets at the last count and a Swedish Army coat on its way from Ebay as I speak so the hooks are essential. 

A friend of mine , big Steve , picked up this killer white vinyl swivel chair. The swivel mechanism was completely trashed so he asked me if I could fix it. After pulling the components apart it didn’t look good as two separate sets of bearings were ruined. After lots of deliberation , chin scratching and tea drinking I found I unbelievably had the two different sizes of steel ball bearings in my magic drawers. So after some deft re-assembly , bearing greasing and welding , it’s swingin’ like a gid yin again. Smoother than when new we concluded as I replaced a nylon spacer which held 8 balls on the roller circumference with probably as much as forty or fifty right round the whole circular spinning plane. Theres a couple of nylon feet missing on the base so gonna make them later in the week.

A friend of mine , big Steve , picked up this killer white vinyl swivel chair. The swivel mechanism was completely trashed so he asked me if I could fix it. After pulling the components apart it didn’t look good as two separate sets of bearings were ruined. After lots of deliberation , chin scratching and tea drinking I found I unbelievably had the two different sizes of steel ball bearings in my magic drawers. So after some deft re-assembly , bearing greasing and welding , it’s swingin’ like a gid yin again. Smoother than when new we concluded as I replaced a nylon spacer which held 8 balls on the roller circumference with probably as much as forty or fifty right round the whole circular spinning plane. Theres a couple of nylon feet missing on the base so gonna make them later in the week.

Someone sent me this photo of The Glasgow School of Art last week.
Ive worked in every single room on that facade and to see these flames furling out the windows is beyond belief. So pleased to hear it wont be lost.
During my time working there I was involved in the setting up of 13 degree shows and for this to happen on the last day before students assessments is again just too much to take on board. Its the busiest and most demanding time of the whole year. Students nerves are at shredding point and the tension is incredible. I hope staff can pull them through this.

Someone sent me this photo of The Glasgow School of Art last week.

Ive worked in every single room on that facade and to see these flames furling out the windows is beyond belief. So pleased to hear it wont be lost.

During my time working there I was involved in the setting up of 13 degree shows and for this to happen on the last day before students assessments is again just too much to take on board. Its the busiest and most demanding time of the whole year. Students nerves are at shredding point and the tension is incredible. I hope staff can pull them through this.

This is a black pen drawing by my friend Rebecca Glen. She exhibited this image at a group show we took part in last year and I expressed an interest in doing a swap for one of my own pieces. It’s taken a wee while but Ive finally secured it today. 
Can’t express how happy I am with this !!!  It’s got Aubrey Beardsley written all over it. So glad the coat has no detail on it at all. That flatness and silhouette quality makes me wonder if its just an aperture into the night.
Thanks Rebecca.

This is a black pen drawing by my friend Rebecca Glen. She exhibited this image at a group show we took part in last year and I expressed an interest in doing a swap for one of my own pieces. It’s taken a wee while but Ive finally secured it today. 

Can’t express how happy I am with this !!!  It’s got Aubrey Beardsley written all over it. So glad the coat has no detail on it at all. That flatness and silhouette quality makes me wonder if its just an aperture into the night.

Thanks Rebecca.

Been asked what Ive done to my BSA other than all the mechanical stuff so heres some detail pics.

The XB 32 with the handlebars I made.

Rear brake adjustable stop.

Exhaust retainer spring clip.

Stainless steel front mudguard stay.

Rear brake light switch.

Rear mudguard stay.

Seat mounts and brackets.

Self-made side stand.

Battery box clamp and retainer ring.

Underseat rectifier cover is a re-styled perforated alloy box from an Aston Martin.

This fantastic image is by my pal in the U.S. Don Bradley.  His artwork is amazing but this one is my favourite for sure.

A few years back in 2008 I was staying in a house on the Isle of Mann for the Manx TT with a bunch of my friends. One of whom had invited Don and Bob over from America. The thing was though , these two dudes had brought their Daytona race bikes with them. Two BSA’s , a 500 gold star and a 650 twin. These guys let us ride those bikes round the island many times and its one of the most memorable and exciting riding occasions Iv’e ever had.  Think my smile says it all.    The bikes were highly tuned , a nightmare to start , then they popped and spat for a bit but when you really wound them up and got a squirt on they just started to sing. Endless power band and megaphones which sounded sublime and all on the skinniest period tyres. What a blast. Thanks guys , I’ll never forget that.