I realize that some of you had hoped that I’d forgotten about this, but I haven’t.
I’ve been hard at work creating a design that combines elements of a toaster and a giraffe. Well here it is the Giroaster:
It is a recipe holder measuring about 18 inches long by 9 high and about 9 deep. The book is set on the rail in front and the two toaster slots are for recipe books. The head of the giraffe is a light. I didn’t draw in the tail but that will be the power cord.
For those who want to know I drew my Giroaster using Google’s SketchUp.
I was inspired to create this design after attending a design workshop held by Paul Schuch (check out his link in my Blogroll). Most of my thinking about this design was done while I was doing my radiation treatments at the cancer clinic. I thought about where the elements of a giraffe and toaster intersect and the rest was easy. It also helped that the treatments left me with very little to think about so I was able to focus all my attention on the design elements.
Now please understand that at this point this is still in the concept stage and I expect to refine the design after I complete my treatment plan.
Some refinements I am considering:
Slanting the front where the book rests
Adding drawers or dividers to hold recipe cards
Refining the shape of the neck (make it flexible) and the lamp (it needs two horn like things)
Making the legs longer and more giraffe like (and less donkey like)
Add hoofs to the legs
Make the divider between the slots thinner
Come up with a basic color scheme
Well that is it for now and I promise to let you know how the project progresses.