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I make fine kinetic sculptures, primarily of wood, which utilize magnetic suspension. The magnetically attracted pieces rotate, shimmy and move whenever a breeze or detectable vibration occurs. Vibrations from footsteps, music, earthquakes, etc., will bring the pendants to life. When there are no vibrations, the pendants remain in perfect, motionless balance. As far as I know, I am the only artist who uses magnetic- suspension in sculpture.

When designing a new sculpture, I generally start with a very loose concept of what I want the sculpture to portray. This concept usually involves a focal point that will become the gist of the sculpture. The focal point can be one item, for instance a compass, or multiple complimentary parts, like a sail and hull. Once the focal point or theme of the work has been decided, the frame and ancillary parts are designed to complement the focal point(s). The design process involves painstaking planning and many revisions along the way.

My primary medium is wood. I find wood to be a fascinating material because of each pieces unique and individual beauty. The different species and grain-types of wood offer me a vast palate of color and visual texture to work with.
All of my sculptures are more than what meets the eye. At first glance, a viewer may think that my pieces work by suspending the individual parts from wire. However, on closer look, they realize that the pieces actually seem to defy gravity by floating in air. This of course is done by magnetic suspension. I love people’s initial response when the actually realize how the sculptures work. It is usually one of awe and disbelief.
Working with magnets and wood is extremely challenging, and usually takes hours of re-balancing the parts to make them move and interact the way I want them to. However, once the parts are in balance, I am able to achieve sculptural movements that are unique to the Kinetic Art scene. Most artists use only gravity to and wind to manipulate their work, both of which are predictable natural forces. In addition to those forces, I add magnetism, which causes the parts to interact and manipulate each other in new and fresh ways. Sometime the parts will quiver, spin, and shimmy in ways that are not possible without the use of magnets. Touching one piece of the sculpture will cause the other parts to come to life as if by magic.
My goal in sculpture is to give each viewer a new and unique experience. When people spend an extra moment looking at my art, they will realize that there is much more going on than meets the eye.

-- Mike

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commented on Layout Tool for Round Stock 11-28-2013 01:51 AM
commented on O H I O Silhouettes 11-27-2013 11:42 PM
added project Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard - Magnetic Propulsion technology 11-27-2013 03:51 PM
added project Io- kinetic Sculpture using magnetic suspension 11-26-2013 10:44 PM
added project Magnetic Tide- Kinetic Sculpture using magnetic suspension 11-26-2013 02:48 PM
commented on Atomic Compass- Kinetic Sculpture employing magnetic suspension 11-26-2013 01:12 PM
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commented on Articulated Dragon Pull Toy 11-26-2013 12:49 PM
added project Atomic Compass- Kinetic Sculpture employing magnetic suspension 11-25-2013 11:30 PM
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#1 posted 11-26-2013 02:07 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. I love your creating as will all the rest of the Lumberjocks. Truly new ideas!

Have you seen a Mendocino motor? I made one and it is in my gallery somewhere. It is levitated by magnets and runs on solar power. Mine still runs every day the sun is out but the armature solar cells are cracked from falling on the floor many times.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 07:33 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 10:22 PM

Welcome. You’ve been here 1 day and already got 2 projects in the daily top 3!! Nice work sir! Really like your projects, look forward to seeing some more,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 03:36 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
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Need help with posting or other questions ?
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.


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#5 posted 11-30-2013 08:51 AM

Hey there, welcome to lumberjocks! You will love it here, great people and so uch knowlage and willing to help it will blow you away…. Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 07:56 PM

Your work is soooooo kewl, I love it, welcome to LJ’s

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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