Friday, July 9, 2010

[Flashback Friday] 237. Plumber's Skull

Welcome to another addition of Flashback Friday.** This year the guest editors, Azurafae, Tatman, and myself, Citizen Agent, are taking turns counting down our personal favorite 17 skulls from the Original 365.25 Year. So please join us as we visit the archives and add our additional commentary on some of the original pieces.

#13: 237. Plumber's Skull

Radiant C says:

It is bound to happen that there be overlaps with other favorite lists, and with this one it was featured as #34 of the fan top 52 last year.

I never realized the true size of this piece until I saw a child standing next to it in one of the pictures from the show. This one has always made me think of that old windows video game, that and the other video game franchise about plumbers.

Something I truly admire about this is the full use of stock parts to create it. One could have easily taken the easy way out and just formed bends in the pipes, but you went beyond and used connectors to achieve your features. Also the use of a die to cut threads instead of soldering pieces is also something else that I admire about the piece. I have always liked the idea of constructing this into a fully functioning piece, however studying it, it would be almost impossible unless you add some additional valves to keep sections from mixing or make it a single temp water feature. I wonder what having this installed would do for the potential resale value of a house, maybe a drinking fountain at the Mütter Museum would be a better place to install a food safe version of your work.

**Flashback Friday was a weekly countdown of the fan selected top 52 skulls of Skull-A-Day 1.o. Each week during year 3.0 The Skullmaster posted the original skull along with some additional commentary in order from lowest to highest rated, with the #1 skull appearing in the last week of year 3.0, all 52 can be found here.

1 comment:

Noah said...

Thanks as always for your wonderful comments C! I'm glad you appreciate the hard work that went into it, I really wrecked my hands in the process of getting all those pieces to fit. I would love to have this rebuilt by an actual plumber so that it worked as a fountain. Ideally I'd want it to be out of larger diameter pipe so that it was really big!