Barnacle Bill

 

Although tattoos have existed in the west as far back as the bronze age, the modern world of western tattoos has its roots in maritime culture.Sailors travelling to exotic lands brought back stories of native covered in strange markings, and eventually, sailors brought back tattoos.This piece (I just like the way barnacle Bill sounds.) is a little homage to that history. Sea monsters and Tattoos have shared a place in history for hundreds of years now. With the new centrifuge I've built to cast these machines, I can get away with a lot more detail than a normal lost-wax casting process would allow. Banracle Bill and Stabby Stan are examples of me letting loose with as much fancy deatail as I can get. I have to admit, Barnacle Bill is definitely one of my favorites. I pulled a few snazzy little wiring tricks, to get that tentacle-wrapped-around-the-brass look. I had to run a few extra brass pieces, to make the brass hardware match up, and to complete the look of the machine.

Barnacle Bill weighs in at 9.7 ounces, fully assembled. I put the binding post way up high, so I can get a big arch in the top spring, lending the frame to long-throw shaders and color machines. With the .020 springs and a different armature bar, I can get great liner performance out of Bill, too.

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All my springs are CNC water-jet cut in the USA, from sheets of blue-tempered spring steel (not stamped from strips). This allows the springs to avoid all the edge-stress that can develop from worn out dies, and also avoids the twisting that I've seen in some of the bigger name-brand punched springs. I use a range of different spring types, in different shapes and thicknesses, to get the machines tuned the way they should be. (Each machine is different, and they are all hand tuned to the buyers specifications, before shipment.)

My coil cores and armature bars are made by Crowknows in the USA. He's a genius when it comes to all things magnetic, and he has a steel mill produce an ungodly alloy that makes his T-top coils pound for pound stronger than anything else I've seen out there. I've never had to use more than 8-wraps on any machine, and if the voltage requirements at the sweet spot go over seven volts, I know something has gone wrong, and I re-wind the coils.

My brass hardware comes from a few different sources, all of them in the US.

All the parts I use on my machines are Made in the USA. anything not done with my own two hands, gets outsourced to a local craftsman, a fellow passenger on the USS Failboat we're all riding on.

 

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