Exploring Kinetic Art....

We have been keeping a blog since 2008. It is a chronological listing of many topics related to Wood that Works. You will find information about sculptures, inspirations, other artists, day to day life in the shop. The topics are many and fascinating.  If you are an avid follower of David's work we encourage you to subscribe to this blog to receive the regular updates.


Kinetic Sculpture Availability • Last Call!


Frolic • Nearing Edition End

I build my sculptures in limited editions. I only make a predefined number of a sculpture and then no more. Folks have requested an announcement when a favorite is running out. This posts is to give you some warning on some ending designs.

Frolic has been a favorite and I am nearing the edition end. I will be making the last group of five in September of this year. Four are still available so if you have been waiting and saving for Frolic, now is the time to make your move. Soon, they will be all gone. Folic is $1995.00. Order here.



Labyrinth • Studio Master Available

I am ending the production of Labyrinth. It is time to move onto to a new patterning piece and there aren't enough months in the year to make everything! I still have the studio sculpture available for sale. This piece is one of the edition that I have displayed in the studio and used as my guide as I create additional edition pieces. This is the last Labyrinth. The price is $2095.00. Order here.



Evolution is Evolving

I thought I was done with Evolution but then I had a brainstorm for new type of mechanism that was perfect for it.  I experimented on my Evolution and I really liked how it moved. The motion now spends more time in the slow phase so the patterns are more fluid. As a bonus the run time has increased from 3.5 to 5.5 hours.  

I decided to make the remainder of the Evolution edition with the modified mechanism. So it has been returned to the line. There is no place for it in the schedule right now so it would be mid-late fall if that is your favorite piece! Evolution is $1595.00.  Order here.


Packing Peanuts? In Kinetic Sculpture?

Packing peants and windows... 


Add fans and look what happens......

Zimoun : 36 ventilators, 4.7m3 packing chips, 2014 from STUDIO ZIMOUN on Vimeo.


What a fascinating, simple and entertaining installation by Swiss Artist, Zimoun.  This is on display in the windows on the Museo d'Arte di Lugano located in Switzerland.


via Colasssal 


Another Organic Escapement by Dolf Perenti

I have shared the work of Dolf Perenti before. Here is another sculptural escapement mechanism created by him.

He describes it as:

"Another escapement with a wooden linkage. A normal pendulum would obstruct the view of the escapement so I had to do some bending and curving of some parts ;). Adjustable, sliding counterweight of pendulum at the backside compensates for forward tilting of the pendulum. Pendulum itself is adjustable for tuning the escapement (rotating of the pointform), Semicircular attachment on pendulum is adjustable for finetuning the escapement. A little weight pulls on a pulley behind the ecsapewheel."


Very organic.  See more of his work at his YouTube page here.


Solo Kinetic Sculpture takes flight!

David recently released another new kinetic sculpture.  This one is Solo and it again incorporates one of his favorite themes, flight. He is applying a new mechanism to drive this and is very pleased with the end result.

Visit the website to see a video and more photographs of this new piece.  It is being produced in an edition of 95 and runs for 11 hours per winding.

A search of his portfolio shows that he has designed 17 flight related designs over the past 35 plus years. Click here to explore them all and see a little history along the way!


Inversion - Motion Mobile

Here is a wonderful kinetic mobile created for Festo, a company that specializes in automation. It is a helium filled flying object that turns itself inside out.

This is a constant and rhytmic motion called inversion.  Here is a short stop action video posted by Daniel Wall showing the shapes and how this motion is achieved. It includes a dodecahedron followed by the simpiler Schatz cube which was named after mathemetician Paul Schatz.


We have several widgets in our collection that were derived from this concept including a hexyflex wire model.

I'd love to see the helium version in motion but I can't find any reference as to where this sculpture is located. Anyone know?


 via Dug North Automata Blog