Scotty


TINKERER, MAKER, CRAFTSMAN





Hi! I'm Scotty.
I love learning every new skill I can while working with my hands, making things for people that they will love seeing every day.

I always try to make something different to anything I've made before. Uniqueness is always cherished, the experience gained and increase in knowledge from each new piece even more so, especially as a hobbyist.

Click above to find portfolios showing the various things I've made; from silver jewellery, to fully functioning whips, knives, to bright and bold fire spinning staffs, or fire eating wands.

If you see something you like the look of, or have a bit of inspiration for something you'd like made for yourself or someone close to you, get in touch, I would love to work with you.

Cheers

Scotty

Jewellery Portfolio

Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.

If you see something you like, or you've been given an idea, get in touch and we can make it happen

Cheers

Scotty

Fire & Circus Props Portfolio

These may need more explanation than just seeing photos, if you're not already a fire spinner...

So yes, I am a fire spinner, I joined a fire and circus club when I was at uni in the North Island.

During that time I realized I could make my performance props rather than buy them, hence I started making fire staff, fire wands, and whips.

Fire staffs consist of a metal pole, wrapped in grip tape with some fire resistant fabric wrapped around the ends and screwed in place (Kevlar, the same material they make bullet and stab resistant vests from).

The whips are made of three layers of braided paracord.

These are fire wands.

These are used mainly by fire eaters, and fire breathers. They are also used for body burns and smaller fire performances at events/parties where you can interact with members of a crowd more easily.

These wands, in particular, are custom made for a customer I was teaching to fire eat. She wanted her own set of wands, rather than using mine during lessons.

While I was in the Palmerston North Fire & Circus club one of the members bought a whip, of course everyone was immediately interested and I especially wanted to buy one.

Realizing that they were fairly expensive, I decided to make one... many more whips were made since then as club members and friends realized they wanted one too.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.

If you see something you like, or you've been given an idea, get in touch and we can make it happen

Cheers

Scotty

Miscellaneous/Other Crafts

I do a lot of different things, not all of them have enough space to be given their own category.

That said I dabbled in blacksmithing, knifemaking, and some very basic leather work, among other things.

I'll put some photos down below with an explanation about each piece.

These are the digital caliper hangers I have at the top of this page. these were made using traditional blacksmithing techniques; drawing down, sliding, bending, twisting, punching, cutting.

I tried to use as little non-blacksmith tools as possible to give myself a challenge, but I drew the line at having sharp edges on the back of the piece, and mounting it securely; so I used a file to clean the edges, and a screw to mount it to my desk.

In my professional life I am an engineer that mostly does mechanical design, these calipers are some of my most used tools and something that I use every day to measure the size of parts that I need to make things for.

I wanted to have a convenient and easy to grab place for my calipers so I wouldn't have to lose them on my desk amongst the mess every day.

I eventually finished these off by putting some heat shrink tubing on the hooks so they wouldn't dent my calipers metal components every time I lifted them up and put them back.

When I saw a minimalist wallet idea on kickstarter I immediately wanted to start carrying around a wallet that wasn't full of receipts and cards I never use.

So I grabbed some of the scrap leather pieces that I had lying around, went and bought some elastic, and made myself a simple leather wallet.

The really hard part was trying to stop carrying so many cards! I just wanted to keep everything "just in case". With the wallet being so thin, however, it forced me into being more minimalist.

This is my most favorite wallet I've ever had. I call that a success.

I've made a few knives with the weekend hobby of blacksmithing with a mate...maybe its a guy thing. I digress...

The karambit is a martial arts weapon originating from Indonesia, it's goal is to mimic the claw of a tiger.

I dont do any martial art from the Philippines, but the knife is just cool, and from a smithing perspective, presents some interesting challenges:

There is a hole in the top of the handle that needs to be punched, drifted, and opened up over the horn of the anvil.

There is what is referred to as a "step down" to make the narrower section of the handle, which by itself is no real challenge; step downs are a fundamental part of blacksmithing. The challenge was getting the step down just right, and positioning the finger hole at the top of the handle so that when the hand grips the handle, the index finger passes through the ring without rubbing on the inner surface of the ring.

Then there is the curving blade that is beveled and sharpened on both sides. That was something new and interesting, but we always love a challenge.

At the end of it I wrapped the handle in some blue paracord with the inner stands removed. I chose to use the style of wrapping found on Japanese Katana handles ("ito", meaning "wrap" in Japanese), as this packs outward and gives more sideways bulk to the handle, making it more comfortable in the hand.

All in all, a bit of a fun and educational project really.

I've also made bow strings for my own bow and a member in the Dunedin archery club.

These are flemish twist bow strings. When someone saw my bow at a try day they became very interested in the string, apparently almost no one is making them anymore, so of course I had to look up how its done.

I also made up my own stringing board to help me measure out all the lengths of each strand I'd need . A good wee project and, again, something I learned a lot from.


Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.

If you see something you like, or you've been given an idea, get in touch and we can make it happen

Cheers

Scotty

About Me

Hi! I'm Scott Newberry, Scotty to my friends.

I studied Mechatronics Engineering at Massey University. Professionally I'm a Mechatronics Engineer, designing mostly the mechancial parts of electro-mechanical products. Basically I fulfill my dream of "being an inventor", every day.

Personally, I have too many hobbies, most of them involving some kind of craft work or creating something. I make silver jewellery, I make fire performing props, I make whips, I've made knives, including one that my friends used to cut their wedding cake, I used to do blacksmithing on the weekends.

When I'm not making things I'm traveling the country to go to the odd Ceroc/Modern Jive Dance weekend. I love dancing.

Over all I do so many things, and will jump at the chance to learn new skills with so little provocation that I've earned the nickname "Skill addict", and was once when I made 4 meters of rope from leaves off the bush I was sitting next to, I was told I'm "the third thing to bring with you if you're stranded on a desert island"

I try to avoid making the same thing twice. I love giving someone a piece they will enjoy having every day they see it; knowing that if they are ever asked how many people have the same piece they can say "not many, if any".

If you have an idea or see something you like, get in touch, I'd love to hear your ideas and work with you to make something special.


Cheers

Scotty

Contact

Dunedin, New Zealand

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