John Henry class rocketship sporting the very latest in skunkadelic rocketology
The Ladder Chapter
My favorite chapter in the story of the construction of SRS Gunslinger about the ladder: I was riding into the studio for another day of doing whatever I wanted to do just for fun, when a glint of shiny metal winked in the sun. It turned out to be chrome-plated caddy on the side which caught my eye for the stainless cylindrical cup it housed. I took the whole thing, since the rod could be cut up into generically useful raw material.
Rockets in My Pockets
It was an exciting day: Wednesday is the only day in the week I have actually blocked time to make art. It was Wednesday on a beautiful spring day on my way to the Artisan’s Asylum to add the finishing touches to a yet-to-be-named rocketship. During my head-scratching, ‘needs-something’ phase of construction, I realized that I loved a good-ole fashioned non-retractable ladder. I had just found the very raw material I needed: trash to art within a scant two hour’s time. For me, the ladder gives Gunslinger a sense of scale: not a large ship; but certainly a great ship. More rivets than any ship in the Skunkadelic Fleet.
- The nosecone was a desk lamp head.
- The tail is a chopped piece of muffler.
- The fins are a plasma-cut dado set.
- The chunky juxtaposed center fuselage is a piece of steel pipe that I used as a weld block for well over a decade: there’s big threads in the inside, although those threads may never be seen again.
- The semi-circular knobs on the opposite side of the latter are leftover pieces from construction of the last four Tom Thumb Class Rockets. (I love to use every last bit of the animal)
- With my new auto-darkening weld helmet I’m allowed the indulgence of adding oodles and oodles of rivets.