Daft Punks

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Daft punk inspired helmets from cardboard. “Get Lucky” was thrashed during the construction of these helmets then several times again once we’d set up the stage for a photo shoot. I had intended to make a more durable helmet using the cardboard helmets as patterns but they are holding up remarkably well as is. Also doubles as a robot mask for kido when he is in the mood to destroy all humankind.

ABC Rock Tiki

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Feeling proud and patriotic for New Zealand/Australia week at our local pre-school I thought it best to make something the school could use for the years to come. In Maori culture Tiki’s are used to ward off evil spirits so they tend to be fairly gruesome and generally have their tongues sticking out. So as not to scare the kids in class too much I used a fairly neutral expression on the Tiki and had him holding bright and cheerful ABC letters. The teachers and kids thought he was great and enjoyed colouring-in some black and white pictures i provided.

Backyard Pirate Ship Swing

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Pirate ship wheel First test swing
This one goes back a while. Our first summer in Ireland and at the time no local playground to visit. Making use of our backyard space to build a pirate ship themed swing set was the order of the day by our young captain Ronan. Made from untreated 6×2 rough sawn timber it came together relatively simply. Three steps up to the main deck with wheeled helm and bowsprit/walk the plank. From here a ladder to the crows nest with mighty views of the garden and neighbors backyard. Also incorporated a kid/adult seated swing and a simple rope swing for flying off the main deck. Shortly after “launch/project completion” all the neighborhood kids descended for a pirate adventure. Nil casualties bar one poor fellow who ran head first into the walk-the-plank luckily only injuring his pride. Many fine afternoons have been spent in search of treasure and backyard adventure.

Ghostbusters Proton Pack

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Proton Pack Spengler Slimer behind you Busting ghosts is serious business
Darling wife thought it about time to introduce young Ronan to Ghostbusters. Innocently sharing the great 80’s theme tune and subsequently watching the movie has made an everlasting impression. So a workshop project was initiated; one proton pack and ghost trap required immediately if not sooner. Tight time constraints meant the pack had to be pieced together with duct & electrical tape and the odds and ends kicking around the workshop. The bulk of the pack was made from light weight high density foam sprayed with black paint. Cheap and cheerful. Big sis Nat kindly obliged with a jumpsuit for the kid (thanks again).

Thunderbirds are GO

Having introduced my young one to classic 70’s Scifi TV series Thunderbirds he sugested we make a rocket in the workshop. Already owning large replicas of TB1 and TB2 it was going to be Thunderbird 3. This project was ideal for my improvised wood lathe made from an electric drill and skateboard bearings. The lathe had previously been constructed to make a 32″ softball bat with great results. The Thunderbird 3 model is 450mm tall and is inspired by the series model (read not exact replica). Only half way through the paint work and missing it’s designation number I couldn’t wait to share a picture of it. Needless to say my young Thunderbird fan is happy with the results as am I so far.

Thunderbird 3 in flight

Slaine’s Brainbiter Axe

Slaine's Brainbiter Axe
Being a long time fan of 2000AD comics and having recently re-read some old favorites from the 80’s I was inspired to visit the workshop. Slaine is a Celtic barbarian from ancient times, he has many battles and adventures with his companion Unko the dwarf. Anyhow, Slaine’s choice of weapon is a large stone ax he calls Brainbiter. So naturally I thought it would be a good afternoon project in the workshop.
Slaine with Brainbiter and Unko