Years ago, I began forming the armature for a heron task lamp. I reconsidered my lamp-making approach and put the armature aside, where it sat in my studio for half a decade.
I recently pulled that nascent form out of my scrap pile and reconsidered what I might do with it. “I’ll make a gourd,” I said to myself (out loud, because I always talk to myself out loud).
I cut strips of 16-gauge sheet of varying sizes and went to work welding those strips on, along with 1/4" round rod. But try as I might to make a vegetable, a bird kept emerging.
The sculptural result is 'Gordy the Bird', about 4 feet tall. Perhaps a cross between a pelican and a heron, with a gourd shaped body... but a good looking fellow all the same!
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