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Hawaiian Punch

The finished pineapple
The start
From the inside
The piece that would serve as the top
More progress
Getting close
The final stages – ready to form the top

Welded metal art – 2019-18 Project #35. Things were starting to pick up in terms of interest and requests at this point with the whole welded metal art ‘project’ endeavor. After the 2019 Mother’s Day delivery and post, I received a request for a pineapple … my daughter was looking for a gift to give to a friend (of course looking for the family rate on my stuff … which she obviously got!). I graciously accepted the challenge. I had collected the many nuts and bolts in my shop into a new, separate bin (yes, I now had separate bins and was organizing my scrap/junk metal – exciting? Wait, too nerdy? Grunt-snort!). In any case, I carefully analyzed my cache of metal fasteners (a.k.a. metal nuts) and I devised a mental plan that would include a building a pineapple with slowly decreasing sizes of nuts. Yeah, I did in fact try a dry run to build the pineapple by stacking the nuts in place, but it I could only stack a few levels of nuts before everything would implode (Jenga!). Before I got completely sidetracked with the challenge of stacking nuts, I decided I should get on with the welding – so I did!

The design was pretty simple – I used a 4-cycle engine crankshaft gear as the base of the pineapple. That piece kept the first layer of nuts aligned, which allowed the rest of the pineapple to shape up from there. The first layer of nuts were also welded at a different angle to set up the shape of the bottom of the pineapple. There was a large nut layer at the bottom, a mid-size nut layer in the middle, and a smaller nut size layer at the top of the pineapple. The welding was pretty easy and it went together rather nicely. However, the question of what to use for the pineapple top was still unresolved. The solution came in the form of a blade out of a hand yard edger that I had parted out earlier in the year. Ok, it might have been more of a ceremonial dismantlement and disintegration of one of the most hated yard tools in my possession. But I digress … the blade from the edger was laying in the small scrap bin (which is right next to the large scrap bin, and above the nut-bolt bin). I started by bending the blades up and quickly realized that I needed to cut more of a slot in the blade before bending it into the shape of the pineapple top. For a something that was not completely obvious as a solution at the time, I think that the piece worked excellently for the top of the pineapple! And there it was!! My first piece of metal fruit out of the shop. It worked as a successful gift for daughter, the wine flowed, and the crowd went wild!

I am starting to get the hang of this whole posting/blogging thing but I must say, there is so much to learn and understand. This will be my first post experience including links – so here goes: many thanks to my daughter Mindy for the Lincoln Electric welding gloves, and of course an even larger shout-out to Band-aid brand bandages! My fingertips thank you all! And the pineapple project ended with a new lesson learned. That there are times when things happen and a tool gets stuffed into a corner (or a bin – the large metal bin of course), but never quite goes away. What is that thing doing here … should I eliminate it and just throw it away? How about I destroy it and then maybe it will make more sense to throw away … nah, just keep the parts (in their respective bins based on size … still too much?). And then one day, from a different perspective, it all starts to add up. Everything is OK, and you reassemble the pieces and parts into a pretty awesome new piece – just like it was meant to be. Planning, adjusting, patience, understanding, uhh-more patience, thinking, pondering … oh yeah, and more patience. We got this! Weld On!