Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
A mid morning text that read "Not lookin good @all" could only mean shawn was pulling pieces out of the wood kiln already. Shawn is a bit of a pessimist (about wood fired results) but keeps it to himself, so this bit of sharing raised alarms of my own. We prepared for a half hour of getting our stuff from the kiln like the coolers and lights and to check the work for ourselves. I saw the piece that shawn had pulled out and the glaze was not melted. Crap monkies! Flash-lighted the rest of the kiln and the story read the same throughout. A quick gut check and we through some wood in.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Air Conditioning Systems
Dragon Wells Steam Works
Created originally as a prototype to demonstrate the possible cooling effects of simple water evaporation “The Ladder” as it was called in the factory, had production issues. After one year the idea was scrapped.
A few still exist today and have been used for the cooling of tea storage units.
Tea Storage Jars
Found with the Teacup Preservation System and the PLANT-A-TION, these jars were made for long-term tea storage.
Like the Specimen Jars, there are no records of their being manufactured by Dragon Wells Steam Works. Many believe these jars may have been made in small numbers for F. Emeril Carter.
Though never officially made at the NYC factory these jars carry the Dragon Wells nameplate and details.
The use for these cans is only speculative. F. Emerill Carter was known to explore cave systems and small Islands. He may have used these Specimen Jars to keep animals or plants safe during shipment back to his home in Arkham MA.
Production Oil Cans
Dragon Wells Steam Works
The Rise in automobile sales and the first world war gave Americans a new need for lubrication equipment. The first oil cans off the assembly line at Dragon Wells Steam Works were gravity fed systems which were reliable and simple. As lubrication became a more important part of the mechanical world the oil delivering vessels required greater precision. The gauge became the downfall of the pressurized oilers. Company after company was contracted to produce the gauge but none at the time were consistent enough for accurate oil distribution.
Pressurized Machine Oiler and Bearing Cleaner
Prototypes were first developed for show at the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York City. The rival engineering firm L M ERICSSON & CO disputed the original patent for the device. This delayed the unveiling at the Worlds Fair. The System kept machines online and increased efficiency of the assembly lines at Dragon Wells Steam Works. Similar systems were adopted at manufacturing facilities at Ford Motor Co. and Kessler Motor Co. The longevity of the few that were made is a testament to the craftsmanship of Dragon Wells Steam Works at the end of the 1930’s.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Some ideas I have for snail items
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
So I have been working on a theme... a binding idea, something I can fall back to for ideas, parameters and guidance. The idea is TEA. The work that is produced in the "Dragon Wells Steam Works" style will contain elements and "funk"tional ideas related to MY own tea style not a traditional form or tea drinking. It will be based, as it should, on steam and mechanical means by which to produce, maintain, harvest, preserve, store, prepare, and serve tea. That idea may be too simple though.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the artists for the Smithsonian Craft Show. Now I have to make a whole bunch of new and wonderful work. It will all be in the "steampunk" style under the group of Dragon Wells Steam Works. Here are some shots of work in progress.