The Uki Experiment – Big Sky Wire

For this instalment of Big Sky Wire, Michele Lockwood documents her first steps into a shaping bay. Photos by Andrew Kidman

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“Whatever you make, it will go. You can ride the blank as it is and it will go; to a degree.” – sagely advice from the dinner table.
The Uki Experiment – Big Sky Wire
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“Whatever you make, it will go. You can ride the blank as it is and it will go; to a degree.” – sagely advice from the dinner table.
Andrew Kidman
The Uki Experiment – Big Sky Wire
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“First you’ve got to look at the blank and see where the rocker is, both in the tail and the nose. You’re going to have to find out where you want to put your template on the blank based on that."
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"...after the excess ribs of foam were hacked off and the raw shape was sitting there on the stands, a feeling of total elation took over."
Andrew Kidman
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Mish puts the signature down on her first shape.
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Femme lines.
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The shape.
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Matt Yeates, master of glass, with Mish and her first board.
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"I wanted it to be an experiment, not minding if it looked rudimentary- it should just be its own individual machine."
Andrew Kidman
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"...paddling out on this board that I’d crafted myself (with the help and guidance of a couple of close friends) was a thrill that can be matched by little else."
Andrew Kidman
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