Tin Man Giraffe

So, at last I have a week to build a Giraffe, You know one of these.


Yes it is a stock image just taken from the net , and I thank whomever for posting it.

The reason for this one is that it can be broken down into sections so when built from corrugated Iron I can get a 3D effect from flat planes of Corro.

It will be about 4m tall, but I have put form into the head as it will lay at about 69 degree’s to the rest of the body.

So 2 sheets of Iron at 3.8m from the salvage yard


Take a copy of the Photo from the web and print, I then worked out 4m from head to feet and drew a line across the print at those 1m points.

This was the only lines drawn I just free handed the body from there .


If you look there are 5 sections needed to build Her.

the first layer is neck, then the right side, followed by the left rear leg, then the last leg on the right at the rear and then the head this was made wider so the bending will allow for it to gain the full shape.


I have a nibbler that fits on a drill so cut out was easy compared to tin snips.

next photo is both front legs cut out and crossed as per finished.

Belive it or not the neck L Leg is in this photo 3.8m long. (just looks short in photo)


when it was all cut out it was all given a 2 coat of primer undercoat.

prim 1

Prim 2

Prim 3

Prime Head

With a bit of black added to the head after shaping (yep that’s a tongue)

Now the pallet is restricted

Paint pallet

all house paint and UV stuff and the owner wants to clear coat later.

So that was yesterday and today and it needs to go up in place in a tree on Saturday.

wish me luck !.

I will post the rest of the build as it happens over the next 3 days.

Thursday 25th Sept

cut myself 4.250m of 25 x25 2mm wall square tube.

1  4.250m 1a bend to fit front leg

then using the neck left leg/neck section made up an angle and went looking for 2 close together trees to bend it..

Lucy (dog) just checking)

Then I lay the fore section over the axis spar and fixed it with self drilling hex head screws

turned it over and fixed the other sections to the back in there order front to rear, added a x member and fixed the rear sections to it so as to give a small amount of depth but not too big as to give a disjointed look to the finished beast.

1b  turn over fix 1c  turn back and fix other sections 1f  self drill fixers 1d  add x member

Then primed all the fixers and heat bended the top section of the spar to hold the head and this also sealed the tube from weather entering at the top.

1h  top of axis bent down to hold head (now weather proof)

Then late today out came a 4 inch brush and the pallet of house paint and did some hard and fast wet on wet painting in a rough vein of the photo.

1i base painting full wet mix

Tomorrow I will stand it up at the front of the shed and see how it looks and get out the ladder and fix any bad paint work.


Friday he got a Bit of a trim and some more colour  paint, then He got to stand up for the first time so against my shed ( 9m x 6m) he is 4meters tall!!

at 15m12 next 2 shed Far

at 5m12 next 2 shed closeup

Now he looked a bit bright so a bit more colour and then this morning

Saturday 27th September

he went down to my back yard to see him in morning light

(there is a reason)

12 down the back

Facing South East at 9.30am …dappled shade

The light gives him a better 3D look.

He will sit facing North West with the same sort of light in the afternoon.

so on to the ute and off home, His place in life was worked out so that

From the drive way

home driveLook in the middle

From the Lounge room over the deck


From the Kitchen

home kitchen

From the master bedroom

home bed

and the little deck

from deck

and at last in place facing North West

and from all accounts he glowed redder in today’s sunset.

OH and His name..Morris…

ah call him Morris

Sorry, but photos don’t do him Justice.

“That’s all Folk’s”



Green House at Last

While the little test bathtub has ticked away  with Fish loss and all the rest of small problems were worked out, I have very slowly been working on the foundations of the greenhouse.

OK so that bit (with day to day life ) has taken nigh on 2 years,

Until 2 weeks ago, a Mate turned up on a Sunday took a look at my block work and said when do I get to the windows?

My reply was at the currant rate 2016.

Say no More.

On the following Thursday at 7.30am (my normal day starts about 10am when I crawl out of bed to get the days Meds)

As with all things weird I had been woken at 4am with arms full of Broken Glass so watching a movie on YouTube in comes the Mate with all his Builder Gear and a helper and 5hrs later I was welding up the roof frame and after a cuppa he left with me to just put on a roof so Friday I got some Tophat lengths and after a while and a trip to th’ Hardware shop where I got myself a battery Driver I managed to also get up 2 x  1/2 sheets of clear roofing.

Then last Saturday I spent the whole day putting on the roof.

I had better explain something here,

I collect stuff some I buy and some just shows up by chance.

Now this greenhouse, the windows came from someone replacing all his windows the rest of the build is part of a huge amount of stuff that cost me $400 when Bunnings shifted from where they were into there new Building.

So the Blocks the steel frames, 8 x 2 Sleepers and some of the tin was just a small section of what was and is there.

OK so by now you are board so here are the photos.

looking straight at it the right side is west and the length is the only point that keeps full sun in mid winter.

In some of the photos at the western end there are 3 long grey troughs these will be mounted under the windows and other tubs will be against the center wall.

Below East on the left West on the right.

windows headon closeup windows

roof frame electric bolts roof frame shed full space Divide Wall tophats West face East West to East closeup Today sunday14th Sept Last Photo is Today

Sunday 14th September 2014, with new hole into main shed.

Wednesday 15th Oct 14

OK catchup

yesterday I finished a weeks work of digging the foundations laying the Besser Blocks and core filling all of them with concrete and steel beams …yes we have the walls and outline of the Fish Tank.IMG_0977IMG_0979

so now I sit back and wait for the whole thing to go off.

Joined   http://aquaponics.net.au

and there is my forum post at



The Cathedral Of Saint Stephen Art Group


Are up to there old Tricks in Brisbane again this year on Friday 25th July


The Francis Rush Centre

Cathedral of Saint Stephen

249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

It’s the annual Cycle Of Life Winter Art Exhibition.

And like last year I am again tossing in a few (3) entries

This Years Theme is “Interconnections”

Life on this planet is about the interconnections of all things.

Our survival and quality of life is dependent on this understanding.

So number 1 is Metro (above-below) $400

metro COSMET1

Is the park in the city or is the city surrounded by the trees?

Number 2


This 1 is an exercise in form folding and hammer shaping and trying to get things even. $600

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OK so if you know me you would know that I mainly work with odd bits of cars and junk and the last 2 were a bit left field.

But FEAR Not

Number 3


The sound of the wind to the sea.

So it is not quite all out of old metal bits, but I did manage to get a couple of epns cake stands and a few bits of quality wire.


Real bird wings a wooden Table leg, sea shells and a now not working violin and a jewellery hanging on doll, oh and 2 silver plated cake trays (upside down).


So if you are in Brisbane on Friday 25th July till Monday 28th (Opening Times) 9am till 5pm

come on over and grab some Art, either I or another Artist will thank you (we all need the sales) and you get Made in Australia.

Spanner Day At “Noosa Scooter Style” 24/5/14

Today “Noosa Scooter Style” had the First “Spanner Day” the idea is for folk in the general area and even further areas to come in with the older and ,may I say amazing bikes that are either in parts or in need of help or as most were today Running Wonders so that we could all get to know what was out there and hopefully help with the repair, ideas or who-to or where to get any HELP and maybe some day go for a Specials Run.

I took a few photos of the progress of a Headlight and Blinker mount I am making for Scott at Noosa Scooter Style, it is a design that is very Art Deco to go with the Italian made HD.

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Yes that is a Morris Minor Bonnet emblem.

It was wooked out  today that the sides of the rolls will be filled in.

And Now.

Some fun.

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Thanks to Scott and family and the helpers for great day 1 and to all the Folk that turned up to Play.


Brian Tisdall

Brian is a Mate from way back and will be on TV this weekend.

He has his own Gallery in Nambour, Queensland, and I have some of my Art in there.

This You Tube is the program segment in www.colourinyourlife.com.au TV show and I get a show at 15.25 in a quick flash of RED the horse and a Tractor in the background.

Well worth watching just to see how to paint something that “has stood still to long”


Thanks Brian good to see you get some Air Time.




and there is face book as well, I’ll find it later


This Post will be a few days in the making as I have Told myself that I would load up some of my art over the last 10 years.

Now if it is classed with an S then it has gone it’s own way.

There is Body Castinging and what I did to them there is Cars, Bikes,Birds and a whole lot of other that is made from stuff that had another life before I got to it.

So sit Back and Enjoy the picture show.

“S” First off a plaster baby on the way.BODY ART_00001 BODY ART_00003 BODY ART_00004 BODY ART_00006BODY ART_00004BODY ART_00003BODY ART_00001

Next we have a glass lady (was to be a fountain but looked better mounted).

Copy of Copy of fr1573 Copy of Copy of fr1574.

Now for a few cars all “S”

1_TN 2_TN 3_TN 2010d1 bugatti DVC00357 DVC00602 DVC00638 DVC00640 DVC01583 DVC01591 DVC01592_TN DVC01593_TN DVC01594_TN Morgan Motor truckBig red and Machanic car1 001I Plan to build 1 more with full detail. (The Last ONE)

Aquaponic’s and the Greenhouse

At last !!!!!!!!!!!!

After following along with all the stuff that Murry Hallam  http://www.aquaponics.net.au/ has had to say and a look at one of his CD’s from another fish and plant grower.

And a search of Australian sites a good one is http://www.backyardaquaponics.com 

I have a very good idea of what is what (might add here that my own system has been running in the back yard for 2 years) see my YouTube Channel



Just wade through the other stuff and see some rather bad video’s (Bad in the sense that they have a bit of content and are filmed by a BRICK.

So back to the heading “Aquaponic’s and the Greenhouse” I have had the foundations for this next step in Aquaponics for me down for a good 8 months so far and then life just stepped in as it seems to do and all came to a stop.

Well tomorrow I get back on track the block-work is done 8 months ago and now it needs some formwork for a concrete beam cast on top of it about 50mm deep and around the stump in the center.


This next video covers the main sorse of plant food in the Greenhouse as the fish have a cycle depending on age, as there will be about 3000lt main tank for them to swim in and at fingerling stage there would not be enough to poop to grow a Lettuce.

Now the old system is 2 years old now and it has been a lot of FUN keeping up with it over that time, it still is powered by the fish tank pump that has a habit of going into airlock more often that would be normal as there in not that syphon effect that it had when the large tank was up above it.

I have learn’t quite a bit from the whole exercise ….Tomartoes get leggy and produce lots of growth and not a lot of fruit (parrotts get it then anyway) …lettuce go straight up and seed…ETC.

But Comfrey -Garlic Chives – Mint – Basil and Mullberry love it though the Comfrey Eats a lot of Iron so it has now become a weekly job to add Iron to the system.

As you know if you have seen some of the videos from a year back or so the fish used here in this little system were Gold fish that are all about 6 inch ( 150mm )long but the only time I can ever get the system to read any nutriment was after hitting it with a bucket of worm juice.

Gold fish use up every bit of food before they poop, I have gathered up there poop and tested it and there is bugger all in it.

Anyway here is the look of the tub at present.. the Comfrey was cut down to gravel level 6 weeks ago.

so will get back as soon as I have some progress.




GoPro Black Hero3+ TEST

So after the Mobius mini camera decided that it was only going to last as long as it’s length I decided to go and get something with a warrantee so now we have A GoPro Black Hero3+and I ran around like mad seeing what it could do ….Note to self ..Don’t walk through doorway while in record mode..will show you at some later point why.

So here is the best of my shorts and the only 1 I have been able to get through the GoPro Editor without getting lost…well it was all the time in there I just had not pushed the right key and I am still not sure which 1 that was.

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Mobius Action Cam Test

After watching a camera review from YouTube witch is a bit long so feel free to skip a lot of it as you will get the drift of his test very quickly.

I sent out some money and got the whole box and dice , mounts,cables and a small tripod well I laid down a test of the Mobius Action Cam and for something the size of a match box or 2 I could not belive the stuff I had filmed .

My shed can be fairly dark and the camera picked it up like the light of day only bit it stopped at was in the container which was pitch black.

Focal length was great right down to 3 inches and out to forever well worth the $80 Australian.

Here is My YouTube Test,  a true test in my real world.

So as you can see it picked up light in the shad that was not there in the sence that it is very dark in the shed even in full daylight and with the lights on.

It was not good at fast panning but as it is to do Lessons with it is great as I will not need to add a lot of lights around to show what I am doing. So I look forward to seeing the results from the next outing with this Mobius Actioncam.