a painting rack I designed for a client. there are 14 of them
I designed and had it fabricated it last summer. the project has been start / stopping ever since then, I have only been able to do 5 hours of work on the install:
I have taken all of the little cutoff pieces from the 348 1/2” x 1/2” x 8’ square steel tubes that make up the vertical dividers and begun to make a thing. this thing will become a stool. they are welded together and have stainless steel melted on top, so after polishing it will be shiny on top, rustic underneath. since it’s comprised from little pieces of scrap, it has the added benefit of being green and saving planet earth:
underside. 4 of these tubes will extend to become the legs.
Salmon’s the staple, though it will also work with other fish. A bit fatty, fresh as possible, read: NEVER FROZEN. For like $12/lb there’s some good affordable farmed stuff coming out of Norway these days, and after having seen the farms there, I’m fully down with it. They’re basically just massive nets out in the middle of the ocean. The $25/lb wild organic free range hand-wrestled-from-an-Alaskan-river Coho salmon is fine too, I guess. The thinner, fattier flesh from the side of the belly is the best for this particular application. The salmon steak is buried in a mixture of:
2 parts salt,
3 parts sugar,
cracked and ground peppercorns,
gin or vodka
The salmon is padded out with herbs, spices, and some salt&sugar. It is then laid on a bed of salt&sugar, sprinkled with a thimble of gin or vodka, then buried in more salt&sugar.
A 5 lb weight is then placed on top, and the whole thing is placed in the fridge for 12 hours, after which point it will look something like this:
The schmutz the is scraped off the top and temporarily placed in another vessel, the salmon is flipped, the schmutz dumped back on, the weight replaced, and the whole thing put back in the fridge for another 12 hours. At this point, the salmon is about 3/5ths as thick as it was, and there is a surprising amout of liquid. The salmon is then removed, cleaned, washed, dried, and there you have it, LOX. xoxo