Interview Subject: Dorothy Darker
Object in Question: Small, handy, purse-like box
Well, Clockstone readers, this post will be a brief one, I confess, because I’ve just spent sixteen hours at a Renaissance festival and am the color of a boiled lobster.
But it’s all right, because the pictures speak for themselves. Dorothy’s box turned out to be a unexpectedly complicated project, but one that we think looks beautiful, and which we hope she will love.
Without further ado from my sunburnt self, here’s Zac:
So the project brief was for a steampunk bento box, or something along those lines; a small box that’d fit a cell phone, keys, and other essentials. Ms Darker suggested loops in the corners of the box that one could tie keys or a phone lanyard to, with perhaps external loops as well for a carrying strap. This evolved into the little slotted sections of tube that can be seen below – more on that later. The aesthetic of the box ended up somewhere between steampunk & atomic age. The material was salvaged from stainless steel pipette containers I’d found a couple years ago on the recycle shelf of my university’s chemistry lab.
The bench at the start of the project, container in the foreground:
A little work with a cutoff wheel gave me usable sections:
And some careful work with an air grinder and a tiny burr gave me nice slotted tube sections, perfect for joining corners and providing a place to tie keys and phones to:
With the two angles welded together, all that’s left is to add sides, corners, hinges, a latch… purses are complicated!
Here’s the bar left in the corner, ready to tie things down:
And the lid hinged up, ready to add sides and all the hardware:
Welding the top together:
And I got impatient during the last stages of assembly and skipped the picture-taking. Here’s the finished purse (Well, almost finished. Still needs a latch. How many parts can one purse have!?)
And done (finally!):
Remember that nice clean bench we started with? Somehow, this tends to happen:
Thanks for joining us, Dorothy! And thank you for the lilies; they’ve bloomed and are gorgeous. We hope your purse serves you well for many years to come.
Next week we’re going to talk to a friend with a sculpture problem. Until then, thanks for reading!