Firstly the barrel. The main part of the barrel is the garden sprayer. The sprayer end was removed along with the plunger and handle parts. The three-way sprayhead part was kept for the end of the barrel and the screw-on nozzles were used as cylinder terminals and pipe fittings.
A pierced brass napkin ring was soldered to the large part of the barrel before the vase was fitted to the end of the barrel. The foot had to be sawn off before soldering to the end of the sprayer. The three-way sprayhead was then drilled and shaped before being soldered into place inside the mouth of the vase.
One of the sprayhead nozzles was used to connect the barrel to the vase with brass piping.
The terminals were taken from a brass candlestick type lamp stand – one more of the sprayer nozzles and an etched brass dome were soldered together to make the terminals.
The middle-sized of the two cylinders was also made using the remaining parts from the lamp stand and more etched brass domes. A decorative vent was added to the end. A small pressure gauge was also added to this cylinder.
The largest of the three cylinders was an up-cycled grease gun/syringe with the plunger removed. One end being terminated with a small brass candlestick. A second decorative vent was added as a pipe terminal.
For the stock, I wanted to use something non-standard. The design utilises the adjustable twin gooseneck of a banker’s lamp, although I opted to use a .22 bolt action wooden stock as a base to fit it all to!
After removing the original old varnish, the barrel recess had to be increased to accept the oversized brass barrel and some re-shaping was needed for a good fit. The stock itself was shortened by about 15cm/6”. I then removed the shoulder section and shortened the remaining stock and then re-shaped it. The two parts were then given a fine finish and waxed to provide a richer colour and sheen.
The stock was designed for a bolt action, therefore it has a recess cut to accomodate the bolt. This, I covered with a small etched plate to match the cylinder above it.
The brass gooseneck section was then fixed between the two parts. This allows for personal adjustment and/or folding of the stock to save space when it is being shipped in your trunk to uncharted islands and undiscovered plateaus!