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Old 07-25-2017, 12:38 AM
Mrcash0616 Mrcash0616 is offline
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: MO
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I thought I would take a moment and introduce myself. Hi, I'm josh, and I'm addicted to metal working...

About 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with a disease that ended my career in fabrication. Last year, I was 6 months into my woe-is-me phase, when my brother saw a picture of a skull carved into a piston. He got me a dremel and the appropriate bits for aluminum and dared me to make one for him. I pulled it off and had a blast doing it. Shortly after doing the first one, I ditched the dremel for a pencil grinder, then added a turbine to the mix.

I think I've made about 40 since that first one (I even carved a bust of Venom from a big chunk of pine), and each one gets more detailed than the last, but there's still an element missing...

I think the next logical step is to add some push engraving (the swirlies are almost impossible with a rotary, but still easier than lettering).

Right now, I'm just soaking up information and filling up my sketchpad.
The first attempt on an LS piston (done with a dremel)

Punisher on an International DTS piston (also done with a dremel)

Custom skull on Toyota 2JZ piston (first with a pencil grinder)

Southern Cross of Honor on LS piston.

I know it's wood and doesn't quite fit here, but I can't help it.....(done with a 4" angle grinder and dremel)
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:27 PM
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Steve Lindsay Steve Lindsay is offline
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Location: Kearney, NE
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Very cool with the pistons carving!
Steve Lindsay
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:29 PM
DKanger DKanger is offline
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Location: West TN
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You've got a helluva imagination!!
Good work.
Dave Kanger

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Old 07-28-2017, 03:21 AM
SEngraver SEngraver is offline
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Location: UK.
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Hi Mr Cash
I like all your work,Sorry about the ill health.Keep going my friend you are doing very well.
Learn from those who know more than you do and teach those who know less than you do. - I.M.
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Old 07-28-2017, 10:49 AM
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Danny C Danny C is offline
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PISTONS! WOW, what a concept idea!

Who'd a thunk it - but it works! (especially for a gear head).
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