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My goal today was to weld up about 60 feet of seams on a sculpture so that it will be ready for grinding tomorrow.  And I am happy to say that the welding went fine, other than a couple interuptions, a trip to Fedex and another trip to Daytona (the world’s most famous beach) and a trip to the auto mechanic. In Daytona I had to buy cardboard and 10 pound barbell weights.  The cardboard is for making patterns and the weights are to work on my upper body strength and manly physique.  Actually, the weights are to weld into the inside of a sculpture to add weight for balance, but don’t tell anybody, it’s our secret.

Ok, the welding went great… then I stood back to take a look at the thing I had welded… (by the way, this piece is twelve feet long and eight feet wide and weighs about 600 pounds) … and it looked a tad askew.  Well, the reason it is a bit out of  allignment is that I “fixed”  it prior to welding it up when it wasn’t really “broken” even though I thought it was and now it really is “broken”.  Why the quotes, you ask.  Well, I have been told a time or two in my life that if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.  Nonsense, I say.   I now have created a new opportunity (see title) to figure out how to move about six feet of welded steel with about twelve internal, welded braces 3/4 inches into alignment.  Tomorrow I will be unwelding with my unwelder tool and I will fix it.  And at the end of the day I will have learned one more time not to fix what’s not broken.  Until next time.

My neighbor Charlie, metal working guru, just stopped by and told me that no one but me would ever notice this 3/4 inch error.  That being said, I will try to fix it tomorrow.

Next blog entry will include photos to illustrate the fascinating entries to date or photos of my dog, Bogie or his cousin Sophie.  Bogie  still thinks or wishes that she is just visiting.

Until next time…

Hello again.

What a great day! Visited a home of a client and now friends. A beautiful home in Windermere, Florida.  An amazing art collection that I look forward to and am honored to be included.  We are talking, from emerging artists to Picasso, Calder, Max, John Lennon and soon Wolfe. It is always an honor to be included in these collections, and this is at the top of the list.

I look forward to a weekend in the studio, doing some of the zen, grunt work. I will elaborate on this at another time. My son Brian has been educated in the zen work with power tools.  I am currently working on welding and grinding about 200 feet of welds on an outdoor steel sculpture.  Thanks to guitarist, Jim, who is graciously helping me with this task that can seem endless.  The better welder you are, the easier the grinding. So I have been told. Needless to say my grinding takes for ever.  I have also been told that I am a perfectionist…  that’s another story.

Geri accompanied me to my appointment today.  We got to drive the dirty van.  The other car goes to the mechanic on Monday because the check engine light soon followed by running badly occurred.  Can’t work on cars anymore.  I can open the hood and look at real pretty black plastic.  Looking at it doesn’t seem to fix much.  I did take the van to Walmart for an oil change for an oil change.  The oil change guy was kind of hurt that the previous oil change sticker was from DeLand quick oil change and not Walmart.  A few words and he was feeling better.  I need to read and adhere to my oil change loyalty oath.

I am getting off track. Sorry.

Tonight is the event in Jax for the Patrons of the Hearts.  I hope they get big bids on the mobiles and some raise some big bucks.  What a great organization. Thanks Hilda and Jose.

Have a good weekend and I will try not to catch anything on fire.  (Speaking of which,we  made our annual contribution to the Glenwood Fire Department last night.  We live in the woods and it hasn’t rained much all summer, so we need to support these guys in case someone tries to set the neighborhood on fire.)

Peace and talk to you soon.

John

Ok. Here I am.

This is day one of this blog. They make you type in a title and I just hope, if I continue with day one, day two, day three… I won’t forget what day I’m on. If so, live with it. I know tens of thousands of people will be reading this and I don’t want to confuse anyone.

As all of you know, I am a sculptor. As foolish as this may be, that is what I am. Just as in other cases, I was born as this. I have tried to be other things, but I wake up the next morning and I am still a sculptor. Like groundhog day. So I get up in the morning…weld, grind, cut, burn myself and create sculpture.

Just to catch you up a bit… I am working on an eighteen foot kinetic sculpture for the grounds of the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando. It is suppose to be installed by December 1. So… crunch time is here.

I spent last weekend creating mobiles for a fundraising event for the Patrons of the Hearts foundation in Jacksonville, an amazing organization, that does heart surgeries for children from third world countries. Children from a Jacksonville elementary school designed elements for mobiles, I cut out all the parts, sent them back to Jax. The children (art students) painted them and then Hilda (founder of Patrons along with her husband, Jose, pediatric cardiologist) and Geri and I designed, assembled, balanced, the eight mobiles. They will be auctioned at the event in Jacksonville this weekend.

Speaking of Jacksonville, I just finished a commission for two wall pieces for a women’s wing of a hospital there. Two pieces with a botanical theme, made of aluminum and kiln fired glass. Multiple layers, some natural, textured aluminum and some surfaces painted in metalic copper and gold tones. Turned out well. I will publish some photos when I get to it.

Time to eat. I will give you much more exciting information about my life as a sculptor soon.

This ends my first entry to the John Wolfe Sculpture blog.

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