About four months ago I contacted Fred to discuss the idea of him making a custom light for me. Seeing his Blocky Boy thread really inspired me to go after a light I'd wanted for some time. I used my wedding band as inspiration and envisioned a light that resembled it. Fast forward to last week and I finally have the light I've desired for so long. Below is a pic of the finished light and my wedding band which served as inspiration. Keep reading for more pics and info...
Besides the pic of my wedding band, I provided Fred with a few basic ‘sketches’ of what I wanted. He took my kindergarten drawings and produced some fantastic illustrations in Solidworks.
It took about a month of back and forth emails to get to a point where I felt confident enough, or I should say before Fred felt confident enough in the design to start cutting metal. In the first pic below you see a practice run Fred did on the logo, the next two show the beginning of the head.
Below is more work on the head and the tapered end.
Below is a shot of the tail end before the logo was engraved. Then with the logo engraved and the finished light before plating.
Voila! Below we have my finished light, finished in a beautiful electroless nickel plating.
The completed light showed up just before my birthday on 3/26. Initially I had hoped to have it for a Christmas gift for myself, but let me tell you there is a lot more to having a custom light made than meets the eye. There seemed to be a thousand choices and changes to be made but Fred was professional during the whole process. I was amazed at the relative ease in which he transformed my ideas into Solidworks and finally into a finished product.