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Welcome to the The Art of Craft! A podcast that explores art and craft through intimate conversations with inspiring guests. https://www.theartofcraft.ca/ 馃檹 Barkley Hunt

The Art of Craft Barkley Hunt

    • Arts
    • 5.0 鈥 2 Ratings

Welcome to the The Art of Craft! A podcast that explores art and craft through intimate conversations with inspiring guests. https://www.theartofcraft.ca/ 馃檹 Barkley Hunt

    021 - Gary Switzer - MOD Developments

    021 - Gary Switzer - MOD Developments

    Great design in architecture on a grand scale must be difficult to pull off!聽 Just imagine for a second planning a building that will house 600 units within an urban site that can barely take deliveries as well as connected to two designated historic properties.聽 This is the Massey Tower that was recently completed by Gary Switzer and his team at MOD Developments. Its Seamless, modern design that lights up an already cluttered condo skyline all within a zig zag footprint that was seen as too complicated to pull off.聽 Each one of his unique projects weaves together design, materials and a deep approach to improving a neighbourhood within community, all done with the arts in mind.聽 Whether its reviving an entire theatre block of Yonge Street or his current project nearing completion that is Waterworks, Gary Switzer understands the complexities of planning and excels at it.聽 And Often Developers get a bad rap and are seen as adverse to improving urban density. This may be true for the boxes of glass we are accustomed to seeing.聽 However, these condos are different in all departments and that鈥檚 why I wanted to have Gary on this podcast. 聽
    I am almost positive there are other Gary Switzer鈥檚 out there in large cities across North America, but they are unfortunately an anomaly.聽 Gary started off as an Architect, learned as a City planner and eventually achieved his goal to design and build great architecture.聽 We need to celebrate those multifaceted artists and visionaries.聽 Thanks for coming on the show Gary!

    https://moddevelopments.com/

    Projects
    55C Residences
    55 Charles St. E., Toronto
    Under Construction聽
    57 Spadina - The Taylor
    57 Spadina Ave., Toronto
    Under Construction聽
    The Massey Tower
    197 Yonge St., Toronto
    Completed

    Five St. Joseph
    5 St. Joseph St., Toronto
    Completed
    The Selby
    592 Sherbourne St., Toronto
    Completed
    Waterworks
    505 Richmond St. W., Toronto
    Almost Complete聽

    • 1 hr 7 min
    020 - Patrick Moore - Stereotomy or L鈥橝rt du Trait

    020 - Patrick Moore - Stereotomy or L鈥橝rt du Trait

    What is Stereotomy or L鈥橝rt du Trait?聽 it can be defined as the art and science of cutting three-dimensional solids into particular shapes.聽 It starts off as a drawing, moves on to a conceptual model to work out all the detail and then the carpenter or mason scales it up to the real structure.聽 Sounds easy?聽 Not so 聽
    You have likely seen examples of this while scrolling through pictures that make you wonder how did stone or wood bend or stretch into those sensual and intricate shapes.聽 Its carpentry and masonry taken to the highest level of intricacy to achieve the unthinkable.聽 All without the use of a calculator or complex trigonometry.聽 It defies all logic in this day in age where we tend to think in fixed angles or constraints.聽 聽 Today we could likely use a 3D rendering software to project complex masterpieces of the French Renaissance or Baroque periods, and thankfully the training is still honoured in Europe to accomplish this.
    Patrick Moore lives just outside of Ottawa, ON and is the first North American to complete the extensive Tour de France, with the a title Le Canadien 'L'Ami du Trait', the first North and South American Compagnon Passant Charpentier.聽 I met Patrick while he was learning heritage masonry in Perth, ON.聽 Patrick then moved on to carpentry and wanted to learn and apprentice as a journeyman in France.聽 Eventually Patrick graduated with a Master thesis that is on display in Montreal at the Musee des Maitres et Artisans du Quebec.聽 Patrick believes that by sharing this knowledge, he will empower others to do the same and the beautiful language of stereotomy or L鈥檃rt du trait will not be lost. 聽 Its such a great message and I am really impressed with Patrick and the journey he chose to learn these amazing skills.
    http://www.historicalcarpentry.com/home-12.htmlhttps://timberframehq.com/spotlight-patrick-moore-professional-school-practical-stereotomy/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretto_Chapelhttp://www.cathedrale-chartres.org/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    019 - Tommy Smythe - Designer / TV Host

    019 - Tommy Smythe - Designer / TV Host

    Tommy Smythe began his career as an interior Designer and is a Designer.聽 His firm TOM is a creative partnership with Lindsay Mens Craig and Kate Stuart.聽 I say that first as Tommy identifies with design before TV and is capable at both.聽 We witnessed this with his on-air partnership with Sarah Richardson as they carved a niche on their show and laughed along the way.聽 I think that might be the biggest takeaway from this era of television.聽 Things were not perfect and the ability to poke fun at each other is a trait we could all use during these troubling times.聽 Thanks Tommy!

    (Please note: I had to record this while out of town聽 and my track was unrecognizable.聽 Some of the questions had to be re-asked in the same context.)
    路聽 聽 聽 聽https://www.thisistom.ca/
    路聽 聽 聽 聽https://www.instagram.com/tommysmythe/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    018 - Keith and Katie Morse - American Metal Spinning

    018 - Keith and Katie Morse - American Metal Spinning

    Hand Made Metal Spinning 鈥撀

    Metal spinning is considered to be one of the oldest methods of forming sheet metal.聽 This craft has its roots in ancient China where huge bells were made and other functional objects like cups and bowls.聽 Today, it is associated with custom or difficult pieces and an economic alternative to the mass production version that is metal stamping.聽 Automation and AI or high-volume technology will not make its way into this craft either.聽 The metal spinning process is too difficult to replicate. 聽
    Every spinner spins differently and the product varies slightly according to each spinner鈥檚 experience and ability.聽 In metal spinning, the forming process is accomplished by the use of a spinning lathe.聽 The spinner skillfully forms a flat piece of metal called a blank over a mold to create the shape you want, much like a master potter at a wheel.
    On this episode I had the opportunity to speak to Keith and Katie Morse from American Metal Spinning, who have taken over the family business from their father who started it in the 1980鈥檚.聽 Metal spinning is a valuable skill that takes years to develop.聽 It鈥檚 also why we need to celebrate family businesses like this and support the craft and trades industry by thinking locally before buying globally.聽 So聽 聽 聽before you give this episode a chance, take a moment to see the visual appeal of spinning on one of the links below.聽

    Check out the video's below:
    聽https://www.instagram.com/americanmetalspinning/http://www.amermetalspinning.com/https://www.alliedmaker.com/https://matthewharris.studio/store@matthew_harris_studiohttps://katyskelton.com/product-category/lighting/https://www.northeastlantern.com/

    • 57 min
    017 - Sandra Dunn - Blacksmith

    017 - Sandra Dunn - Blacksmith

    A graduate from University of Waterloo, Sandra聽 established a full-time blacksmithing practice in 1993. Seven years later she founded Two Smiths, a design and prototyping studio that develops and builds sculptures, functional objects and architectural features in forged steel, hammered copper and bronze for both private and public spaces.聽
    聽Sandra has lectured, taught and worked on projects across Canada, and internationally in Belgium, France, Australia and the United States.聽


    https://www.twosmiths.ca/https://www.instagram.com/twosmiths.ca/?hl=en



    • 1 hr 9 min
    016 - Jim Patterson - Two Rivers Paper Co.

    016 - Jim Patterson - Two Rivers Paper Co.

    聽Jim Patterson from Somerset, England has been making paper for over 50 years.聽 What鈥檚 more impressive is Jim has no intention of slowing down.聽 During the conversation you will hear the old pitt mill creak and moan as it churns power through a set of gears that date back 400 years. 聽
    聽Two Rivers Paper Co., has been producing paper since 1988 and used by artists all over the world.聽 This type of handmade paper dates back to 500 years before Christ, and it was only in the 1800鈥檚 that paper was mass produced by machine. 聽
    聽Jim and his team are not stalwarts for tradition either.聽 They have adapted their techniques and recipes to improve their quality and process, while not sacrificing anything along the way.聽 Two Rivers Paper Co is a small, yet mighty team that clearly has pressed out a thin niche within this unique craft of custom paper making. 聽
    聽Before you give this episode a listen, try to imagine a 400 year-old stone mill situated within a rural park.聽 This may help you with the sound in the background and the limited bandwidth available in this area.聽 We sorted it all out and it was a pleasure to have Jim on the show. 聽
    路聽 聽 聽 https://www.tworiverspaper.com/
    路聽 聽 聽 https://www.instagram.com/tworiverspaper/

    • 1 hr 3 min

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