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Creating Welded Sculpture

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In this generously illustrated guide, newly revised and updated, a well-known American sculptor shares his forty years of experience working with welded sculpture techniques. Nathan Cabot Hale begins with the basic assumption that it is necessary for a sculptor-welder to have the same professional skills as a good job-welder. To help readers gain those skills, he demonstrates both traditional and comparatively new welding methods step by step, including the oxyacetylene technique in modeling small-scale figurative sculpture.

Mr. Hale first discusses the basic tools and techniques of welded sculpture, then addresses the construction of abstract and organic shapes and modeling solid figures. This is followed by detailed coverage of finishing techniques, arc welding, and welding large-scale commissioned works. He even dispenses helpful practical advice on the economics of fine art—exhibiting work, staying alive, searching out public and private support, and more.

Over 80 helpful diagrams and more than 100 photographs accompany the text, demonstrating techniques and procedures and depicting works in progress as well as finished works. In a new chapter written specially for this edition, Mr. Hale shares the heartening artistic philosophy he has developed over his long and distinguished career. Sculptors at many levels of accomplishment will find his book instructive and inspiring.

Unabridged Dover (1994) republication of Welded Sculpture, published by Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1968.

Synopsis:

Profusely illustrated guide, newly revised, offers detailed coverage of basic tools and techniques of welded sculpture. Abstract shapes, modeling solid figures, arc welding, large-scale welding, and more. 196 illustrations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 201) and index.

Table of Contents

1 BASIC TOOLS OF WELDED SCULPTURE

    Origin of tools

    Basic tools

    The nature of oxygen and acetylene

    Regulators

    Welding torch and tips

    Cutting attachment and tips

    Eyes and hands

    Working clothes

    Basic hand tools

    Metal

    Basic shop

    Later additions

    American Welding Society Safety Rules

2 BASIC WELDING TECHNIQUE

    Setting up your equipment

    Lighting the torch

    Flame and heat control

    Running the bead: exercise one

    Running the bead: exercise two

    Seams and joints

    Pipe welds

    Compound joints

    Cutting metal

    Welding various metals

    Melting points and flux for various metals

3 CONSTRUCTING ABSTRACT SHAPES

    Five categories of abstract shapes

    States of form

    Constructing geometric shapes

    Constructing a cube

    Constructing a tetrahedron

    Coordinate planes

    Constructing a globe

    Constructing an angular free form

4 CONSTRUCTING ORGANIC SHAPES

    Constructing an egg

    Constructing a tree form

    Constructing an onion

    Constructing a clam

    Fish form

    A final note on the pitfalls of geometry

5 MODELING SOLID FIGURES

    Tools

    Armature

    "Men, women, and children"

    Filling in the volume

    Modeling the torso: front plane

    Back plane

    Body contour

    Head and neck

    Position and movement

    Arms

    Hands

    Positioning the arms

    Feet

    Bases

6 FINISHING THE SCULPTURE

    Buyer's view

    Cleaning bronze and nickel silver

    Texture

    Patinas

    Cleaning and preparing steel

    Basing with wood or stone

7 WELDED STEEL SCULPTURE WITH THE ELECTRIC ARC

    Different types of arc welding

    Clothing

    Technique

    Advantages of arc welding for the sculpture

    Where the arc cannot be used

    Making shapes

    Found object sculpture

    Geometrical sculpture

    Finishing arc welded work

    "The arc welding, shop"

8 WELDING LARGE SCALE COMMISSIONED WORKS

    Clients

    The design problem

    Making preliminary designs

    Client vs. artist

    Making a sketch in metal

    Estimating the costs of the commission

    The contract

    Making the scale model

    Enlarging to full scale

    Full scale armature

    Installation

    Ideas and beliefs build the cultural shell

9 SOME NOTES ON THE ECONOMICS OF FINE ARTS

    Keeping yourself alive

    Public and private support

    The business of art

    Exhibiting your work

10 GALLERY OF SCULPTOR-WELDERS

11 BEYOND THE CYCLE OF LIFE

  BIBLIOGRAPHY

  INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486281353
Author:
Hale, Nathan Cabot
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Art Instruction
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Metallurgy
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
Welding
Subject:
Welded sculpture -- Technique.
Subject:
Welded sculpture.
Subject:
Techniques - General
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Art Instruction
Series Volume:
no. 100
Publication Date:
19940731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11.25 x 8.38 in 1.25 lb

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