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.