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The Value Proposition of Craftsmanship

Harrison Krix (Volpin Props) recently tweeted,

which set me to wondering. Not so much about cat condos, as entertaining (and potentially yet slightly disappointingly profitable!) a concept as that may be. But it is distinctly noticeable that the world of propmaking, just like the world of “professional photography” that I also have a foot in, has been becoming increasingly crowded.

Bubbling Up

I think the reasons for these two “bubbles” is both the same and entirely different. Photography has boomed primarily thanks to the democratisation of the hardware. You can pick up a camera that’ll happily compete with the big boys for $500 used (or new, in some cases) and Chinese OEMs have flooded the accessory market with affordable gear- I have three Yongnuo speedlights myself as well as my American-made StudioMax and Einstein strobes. Having the gear is one thing, but it’s the education and sharing that has really accelerated the trend. Continue reading The Value Proposition of Craftsmanship

Sci-fi Pistol Prop Build Log: Day 6

Day 6: Monday, April 28th 2014

Day 6 was a little all over the place while I waited for different sections to dry or cure, but I seemed to get a fair amount done. The grip and receiver section got all the love, and now are getting pretty close to complete and ready for a first priming.

First, I got the new files out and set to smoothing/sharpening up the magazine bevels.

It may take a couple rounds of fill-and-file to get them just right, but I might leave that until after first priming.
It may take a couple rounds of fill-and-file to get them just right, but I might leave that until after first priming.

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Sci-fi Pistol Prop Build Log: Day 4

Day 4: Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Day four is where things seemed to start coming together at last! I put in more or less a full day this day since I was waiting on stuff for work.

That grip I did the previous night is looking pretty sweet, contrasting compound curves against the linear geometry elsewhere.
That grip I did the previous night is looking pretty sweet, contrasting compound curves against the linear geometry elsewhere.

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Sci-Fi Pistol Prop Build Log: Day 3

Day 3: Monday, April 21st 2014

Another day of gluing! This is where the previously rapid progress slows to a crawl, since it unavoidably takes x amount of time for glues to dry and fillers to cure. Not to mention, the weekend gives way to work days and there isn’t as much time available for playing with personal projects. Easy for motivation to be lost during these stages.

What I came into at the beginning of day three. No indications of the doom before me.
What I came into at the beginning of day three. No indications of the doom before me.

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