Jewelry Designer and Mechanical Artist




Cannon Bow - A functioning bow and arrow




A Cannon Bow quarrels...represent the end of seven deadly sins.....

The Cannon Bow  - on the firing range...

The Construction



This sculpture is a crossbow disguised in a miniature cannon. In essence starting with the basic wooden shape proportional to the bow size. The wood is Rhodesian Teak.  





   Now, I set the design          flavour......




I have been hung up on that kind of design since I was a kid. The walls of my bedroom were painted black on white with this kind of motive. My mother didn't freak out toooo much.

In later years that design was painted on my goldsmithing workbench as shown in this picture.




Working on the mechanics of the trigger mechanism



Then the wheels. This is always a large amount of work, be that a wheel or a flywheel.
Drilling holes in the inner hub have to very accurate for balance. They are going to be made ore ornamental. Also, the wood wheels are going to get a brass band around them.
Start of the decorative nuts.
Peridot gems set in the nuts
I spent an inordinate amount of time on the spanning mechanism. making it much lighter visually and smaller physically.

You know, I seem to have a penchant for eye wateringly difficult endurance projects.

When I was younger, and a thing I was making became to much to do , I would either give up and consign it to the junk box, or I would put it aside and then start on it much later.

Sometimes years later.

I don’t do that any more.

I rather divide the work into smaller compartments.

So now I say, “OK, the next thing that I have to finish”  is the ( say) polishing or setting or carving or what ever thing.

Then, as each of these smaller goals are achieved, the whole project becomes smaller and smaller in it’s entirety, until there is that  shiny bright moment that says that there is only ONE more thing to do before the whole project is finished.

Now before I get excited just typing this drivel, I am actually at 80% of that objective.

So close, I can almost see it standing in front of me......

... the end of the seven deadly sins, namely:

  1. A proud look.
  2. A lying tongue.
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood.
  4. A heart that devises wicked plots.
  5. Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
  6. A deceitful witness that utters lies.
  7. Him that sows discord among brethren.

Cannon Bow - functioning bow in sculptural form - a Hans Meevis Creation

Handmade  metal sculpture

Size : 300 x 170 x 120 cm


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