A Kickstarter Project for those who love Kinetic Sculpture!

For many of us, the very first kinetic sculpture we encountered was probably a George Rhodes rolling ball machine in an airport or science museum. I know mine was and I remember how I spent a long time fascinated as I followed the various pathways for the descending balls. This kickstarter project is one that makes me smile in the same way.

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It is by Andy and Keith Johnston and one of them is an owner of a Dimensions! Check out their video. Dimensions is there! Here is a link to there kickstarter page and video. They have reached their funding goal but if you want an early set, you can pledge. All these parts come with the set.

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Have fun!

A Wooden Clock with 407 parts!

I often hear from people interested in clock making. This youtube link was sent to me by a friend that is fluent in Japanese. He was able to provide me with a few details about this very ambitious clock mechanism.

This weight driven clock has two mechanisms, one telling time and one writing it out once every minute. It was designed by a 22 year old industrial design student for his graduation project. It is called a Plock (plot+clock). Wow!

Martin Molin describes How It Works

Several years ago I shared here a video about the marvelous musical kinetic sculpture created by Martin Molin. One of the my collectors recently sent me a link to a new video by Marton about how this machine works.  Worth watching!

There is also a "Part 2" in this series.

Music and Marble Machine composed and built by Martin Molin
Filmed and Edited by Hannes Knutsson

Come visit - A Rare Open House at Wood That Works

 

It was back in 2010 that David last had an open house at the studio. It is true that these don’t occur very often so folks, take note…..  We are having another open house at the Wood That Works studio on December 3rd and 4th, 2016 from 10 AM until 5 PM. We would love for you to stop by, see David’s recent work and say hi.

                Introducing Sea Frolic

                Introducing Sea Frolic

David will be displaying lots of sculptures including several from his new series. The Kindala series (a new word created by combining Mandala and kinetic) represents a year of study by David on the effects of speed (or lack there of) and direction combined with over-lapping patterns. He has created a masterfully simple mechanism to carefully control fascinating emerging designs that constantly evolve. 

Along side these will be a variety of other wall designs, some free-standing designs including the new Sea Frolic and a few of the historical pieces to show some of the evolution in design over the past 40 years. 

We are timing the open house to coincide with Northeast Connecticut Artist Open studio weekend (www.aosct.org) which features open studios scattered throughout the back roads of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. Plan a little extra time to visit other studios in the area. We will have maps and brochures available with additional information or visit their website to research the possibilities. Located just around the corner from us is the studio of Lynita Shimizu, a talented wood block artist working in the Moku Hanga Japanese wood block style. Her studio will also be open and is well worth a visit.

 
Stacked Cards by Lynita Shimizu

Stacked Cards by Lynita Shimizu

 

Also located in the southern end of town is watercolorist Charley McCaughtry’s studio. His studio will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM both days for his annual open house. Check out his website here.

 
New Years Morning by Charley McCaughtry

New Years Morning by Charley McCaughtry

 

So please, come join us. And feel free to bring along a friend or two that might also enjoy a visit to an off-beat gallery in the woods.

The Wood That Works studio is located near exit 72 on I-84 a little over an hour from Boston and 30 minutes from Hartford. The address to enter into your GPS is 229 Old Town Road, Ashford, CT.  We will have signs posted.

Directions: Take I-84 to exit 72 which is CT route 89. Turn south on 89 (right if coming from Hartford, left if coming from Boston). Take your first right (almost immediately) onto Frontage Rd. Follow for 1 mile and take your 2nd left onto Old Town Road. David’s studio is the first driveway on the right. It has no sign and is a steep uphill drive with a blue house at the top.  

Parking: There is parking for about 6 cars near the studio. Additional parking is available if needed at our house at 221 Old Town Road (next driveway on the right). The studio is a short walk along a path through the woods.