Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Desktop

I like new ideas. They take hold in my mind and percolate slowly, but constantly. I was given the idea of making a desktop rbs that tipped back and forth, with the marble rolling back and forth as the track itself tipped up and down. I did make one and it wasn't exactly what I had hoped for. So it sat. I showed it to my machinist, Bill, and he was all for making more of the motor mounts. Who was I to say no? So in a few days I had 8 new motor mounts with very nice machined aluminum center nose pieces.

Last week I went to San Francisco to deliver a sculpture - wall mounted #82;

And, Aaron, the lucky recipient of #82 had three sculptures from Stan Bennett a kinetic artist that lives in Ferndale, Ca. Stan's sculptures used a rotating arm to lift the marbles. Actually they used several in a row to get the balls from the bottom back to the top. I was so impressed with the arms, that I went home and used one of my new motor mounts for this type of lift, the ARM lift.

So here it is. Under the hood, it is still a basic desktop with a tetrahedron frame. But this baby has three tracks, is 26" wide X 18" high X 19" deep and is automatic.

Check out the video:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Catching up.

Hey Everyone. I wanted to dust off the blog and post something before it's been two months between posts... I know, I know, I need to post more often, and I think about my blog often, but it just does not make it from my brain to my keyboard. So for all of you regular readers out there, I apologize that I do not post more often. I have been busy with projects and have finished a few things since my last post and I aim to correct my lack of postings starting with this one. : )

I've since built several wall mounted RBS's. This one: #79 and this one: #81.

Now these two wall mounted sculptures have a little story behind them. When I built #79 the buyer wanted a sculpture like #69 ( - and I didn't clarify with the buyer exactly what he wanted... So I built him a wall mounted the same size and with the same one slow track. It came out fine, but when I talked to Greg he was a little less than happy and explained to me that he wanted a copy of #69. Apprehensive, Greg asked what we could do...I cheerfully explained I'll just make you another. And that's #81. If you look, it is a pretty close approximation of #69, maybe even a little better... : )

So I sold #79 made him #81 and Everyone was happy!
And for anyone who is following my progess on sculptures, #80 is on hold for the moment.

Next post soon, I promise!

Wall Mounted #81
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Wall Mounted #79