Gather your supplies
· 12mm x 3000mm reo bar
· Various sized mattocks, handles removed (6)
· Axe head, handle removed (1)
· Arc or MIG welder (see safety tip)
· Shovel, handle removed (1)
· Hoe, handle removed (1)
You'll also need
Angle grinder; welding mask; thick leather gloves; earmuffs; safety glasses; apron; besser blocks; chipping hammer or cold chisel; 400mm high dimension stone; 18mm extra-long masonry drill bit
Safety tip: Welding can be a dangerous activity, so it pays to kit yourself out with proper protective gear. Always wear a welder's helmet, thick leather gloves and apron. Keep children and pets away. Animals will be drawn to the sparks, which could put their eyes at risk.
Cut reo bar to about 1200mm in length, ensuring it’s long enough to fit tool ‘bones’. On a workbench, decide on placement of mattocks and axe head (here, we put largest tool in centre).
Thread reo bar through mattocks and axe head. Elevate bar at ends on besser blocks. Ensure tools do not touch table. Using an angle grinder, prepare metal and make a groove for welding.
Wearing welding mask, thick leather gloves and apron, tack-weld joints together, chipping off any excess slag with chipping hammer or chisel, then weld until completely fixed. Repeat for all joints.
Carefully lay reo bar on bench. Position shovel at head of fish and tack-weld joints. Repeat with hoe at tail end.
Cut reo offcut to 900mm, or desired height. Place in centre of sculpture and tack-weld at all contact points.
Wearing earmuffs and safety glasses, drill a hole through centre of stone to display fish.