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  1. Kinetic Marble Gadget--prototype

    Here is a kinetic marble gadget I've been working on. I hope to use it as a prototype and R&D for a couple more I need to make. (Grand kids, you know!) It took quite a bit of tinkering and tweaking it to get the "valve" opening right, the ramp angle right (10 degrees finally) and the arm...
  2. Cepheid: a kinetic sculpture

    Cepheid is a wooden kinetic sculpture named after pulsating stars. Its curvy, ray-like forms slice and meld into each other as they spin and rock in a seemingly random motion. As Cepheid is set into motion by its spring and magnetic escapement mechanism, it creates a unique visual display of...
  3. Carapace: an organic motion sculpture

    Carapace is a wooden kinetic sculpture that simulates the motion of a sea turtle swimming. A complex series of mechanisms allows Carapace to swim up and down, tilt forward or back, and even lift its head up for a breath of air. As each mechanism is carefully linked to the next, each of...
  4. White Oak Executive Desk w/ Kinetic Folding Door

    This is my submission to the #Rocklerdeskchallenge. The desk is made white oak; the top being solid 6/4 white oak and the carcasses made of 3/4" white oak ply. The drawer fronts and door are 1/2" white oak ply edge banded and covered with white oak pieces in a mosaic pattern. The right tower...
  5. Kinetic wooden face utilizing magnetic suspension

    This magnetically suspended wooden face is an original sculpture I finished in November 2013.. As with all of my sculptures, I utilize magnetic suspension to keep the pieces afloat. Magnetic suspension of independent forms that together form an complete object, is a kinetic art technique that I...
  6. Magnetic Tide- Kinetic Sculpture using magnetic suspension

    This is one of my older magnetically suspended ship sculptures and it never fit very well in any of the frames I designed for it. Fortunately, when I moved into my new workshop, I decided to abandon the frame, and attached the sail to the ceiling and the hull to the floor (there is a two inch...
  7. Io- kinetic Sculpture using magnetic suspension

    This is Io. It is my most recent kinetic sculpture using magnetic suspension. There is a two inch magnetic gap between the two forms inside the frame ( the bottom piece is literally floating).... Io is named after the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter. The four arms...
  8. Halo - a Mechanical Marble Machine

    This is Halo, a fully mechanical, spring-powered, dual track, eddy current limited, wooden marble machine. To get it started, just wind it up. A hidden lever pops out from the large drum at the bottom of the sculpture to give you plenty of winding leverage. A ratchet and one-way pawl keeps the...
  9. Rube Goldberg style Leprechaun Trap Steampunk? Kinetic Sculpture?

    Quinn, my son, was given a homework assignment to build a leprechaun trap. Last year we made a gentle trap that worked by confining leprechauns to a small apartment. Unfortunately, last year the leprechaun got away. Quinn decided that it would be better if we just shot the leprechaun, so he...
  10. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Framed Leprechaun Trap

    Several years ago my son Quinn was assigned to make a leprechaun trap for his pre-k class. The idea is that the kids get some crafting time with parents and learn a little bit about cause and effect. The problem is my family is very Irish and I am a woodworker. :) So when I sat down with...
  11. Kinetic Sculpture #1

    This summer I went to Boston for a summer program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I ended up getting really into sculpture, and decided to make this piece my main project. I was inspired to make this kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin. I was fascinated and inspired by one of the...
  12. Annulation, a kinetic sculpture

    Inspired by David C. Roy, this designed-from-scratch kinetic sculpture is called, Annulation. When it's wound up, Annulation will run for 5 - 7 minutes. Each ring is 14" in diameter, and the maximum rotating diameter of the sculpture is about 30". Its rings create an organic illusion of growth...
  13. Colibri: an organic motion sculpture

    This is a project that I've put roughly 700 hours into. It is my eighth woodworking design project, and it is by far the most complicated one I've done to date. This is Colibri. It began with a lunchtime conversation between a friend and I, bouncing ideas around about what my next woodworking...
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    burl top with english legs.
  15. Wing toy

    This is a little flying machine that i made and hangs from my ceiling, the wings flap up and down as it turns in a circle. I have been really busy at work over the last year so a fun little weekend project like this really helps. its made from all sorts of scraps from other projects so I...
  16. Zybach: a mechanical clock

    Zybach is a simple weight driven wooden gear clock. Its circular forms are reminiscent of crop circles, giving the clock its name. It's named after Frank Zybach, inventor of the center pivot irrigation system, which revolutionized farming in the mid 1900s. This is a piece that took far longer...
  17. Merlot, a kinetic sculpture

    Merlot is a kinetic wooden sculpture that creates a mesmerizing kaleidoscopic effect. In one orientation, Merlot's forms create an array of stemless wine glasses. Rotate those forms 180 degrees, and smaller, stemmed wine glasses appear. Fully wound, this sculpture will dance for hours at a time...
  18. Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
    I enjoy woodworking as a hobby but it can get expensive when you buy tools, materials, etc. Any success stories out there or ideas you would like to share in order to best finance a very satisfying hobby?
  19. Wood & Lumber
    Hello everyone. Need some advice on something I've not done before. The power company took down a few black walnut trees on my property. I'm planning on taking them to the local sawmill to have them cut into assorted sizes. If I want to end up with lumber that will measure 3/4 inch thickness...
  20. Wood & Lumber
    Hey Folks, Last night, I picked up 8 large pieces of a freshly cut cypress tree. I quickly looked up what cypress looked like and decided that the stuff would be interesting to get hold of. Well, I got hold of it and now I am wondering if anyone has been using cypress for projects? Also, I am...
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