Have you ever seen the guys that carve wood sculptures with a chainsaw? There is a guy in Berkeley near Urban Ore and McBeath hardwood that does that kind of sculpting work but I never get to see him working. All I know is his friendly guard dog that is there over the weekends. I always slip him a biscuit through the fence if I happen to go by there. So I have always wanted to try one of those chainsaw blades that fit in a small grinder. This seemed like the perfect job for one of these blades.
King Arthur tools and available online from Amazon or several other resellers. Be sure to check out the videos they have on their site to get an idea what these things can do. I found it really controllable partly because it runs so smoothly. You would think that something like this would be hard to balance at 15,000 rpm. I guess not.
So what happens when a machinist type does an art collaboration project? We I'll tell you,
In the shop you are always thinking about not running any body parts into your machinery. This project was a little creepy in that I had to bandsaw all kinds of anatomy during the building of the mannequin. The feeling was especially strong when I had to saw the toes off the foot. It kind of goes against everything you have been taught and learned the hard way about keeping body parts clear of machinery.
Hope you liked this series. We had some serious fun making Mary the Mannequin. The shop is coated in fine dust but it was worth it. We are thinking metal for the next one.