Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Brass Watering Can!

For his wife’s birthday, Adam makes from scratch a brass watering can for tending to their succulent garden! It’s going to involve a wide range of brass working techniques to piece it together from raw sheets and tubes, from the engineering of the form to the machining and soldering of parts together to make it actually functional. And by the end, it becomes a beautiful bespoke gardening tool!

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  1. that came out beautifully!

    i really liked the casually dropped note about hiding and showing the marks of making. (and then watching throughout the build which marks adam didn’t want to show up vs which were absolutely fine to remain in plain sight.) there’s really a lot there in that aspect.

    there’s the layer of actual marks of process. tool marks, solder joints, finger trails in pottery, all the things that tell of the material’s journey of being put towards its finished shape. then there’s what that shape is. is there decoration, is there a tendency towards some shapes or shape families over others, is it an expression of current fashions, a rebuild of old fashions, or does it try to stay away from things that would express a fashion? with functional items, there’s how on the sleeve the functionality is vs how cleverly hidden away. with plenty materials, the choice how openly to declare itself, like the tom sachs exposed plywood edges or brutalist architecture on one hand, and something like substantially glazed porcelain tableware.

    it put me in a very gibson-ish mindspace, thinking of what it means for cayce pollard units to ‘seem to have come into this world without human intervention.’

  2. Adam,

    when bending tubing to help prevent the ripples, fill the tube with fine grain sand to prevent the tube from crushing

  3. Adam,

    Have you tried the aluminum bodied strap cutters that Tandy used to make about 10 years ago? They are the same design as the wood one you used in this episode but have a much better feel in the hand and you don’t have the resistance you feel from the wood dragging against the rough side of leather as you cut. They don’t sell them new anymore, but they do pop up on ebay from time to time.

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