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.


Chris Blasius - New Clock Plans

We know that many of the followers of this blog also love a creative and interesting clock.  Chris Blasius of Germany has a new one that is fun to watch.


There is a lot of action (which is often unusual in a clock) so watch the video.

Chris designs with a wonderful sense of humor. Visit his website here to see other design and purchase plans for making his creations. Enjoy!



Introducing Nautilus and a Music Experiment

This week we are finally adding Nautilus to the website and making it available for sale.  

David finished Nautilus a while ago but we have learned in previous years to never introduce a sculpture in the middle of summer. No one notices! So we have held off until this week. Check out this new design and read about it here.

The process of introducing a new sculpture takes a lot more work after David has spent many months perfecting the design and construction. One of the time consuming parts is adding sound to the video. Most of David's pieces make little to no sound at all (although Nautilus does). Video without sound is lacking so David tries to add a music background. He has tried all different ways of adding royalty free music and this process continues to be a youtube challenge. In order to eliminate constant challenges to the ownership of the music David has most recently decided to use only the pieces supplied by youtube for inclusion.  

But the choices are still many and what genre best suits a piece? We have learned that the background music significantly affects a viewers emotional response to a piece.  So here is a little experiment......

David has added several different music scores to the Nautilus piece. We'd love to hear your reactions to it in the comments sections below.

Nautilus with actual sound:


Nautilus with Classical music


Nautilus with Pop music

Nautilus with Rock music


We would like to know which style of music you think best fits Nautilus but also share any observations you might have about how the music impacts the perception of the sculpture.

Visit the web page about Nautilus here for a description of the sculpture. If you are interested in ordering, visit the order page here. Some are available for shipping now. 




Summer Sculpture Week • 2014

Marji and I attempt to put aside one week per year during which we collaborate on an outdoor sculpture for our growing sculpture collection. Traditionally this is always an outdoor sculpture, in non-traditional materials and in large scale. We both drop all regular work and direct our attention to this project. 

The concept started in 2009 and we completed projects in 2009, 2010 and 2011. We missed 2012, and 2013 and were excited to be able to return to the tradition this year. We have been collecting ideas for awhile.

We now have gracing various locations in our woods, 13 more "trees" constucted of aluminum flashing and PVC pipe.

Marji has blogged extensively about the project, construction techniques and earlier designs over on her blog, Ashbee Design. Check it out.









Kinetic Rain • Changi Airport Singapore

I am fairly sure that I would stop and stare - for a very long time!

"Kinetic Rain" Changi Airport Singapore from ART+COM on Vimeo.

I'll have to leave time if I ever travel through this airport!


Brett Dickins • New Work

Brett is a kinetic sculptor working from the otherside of the world in Australia. But thanks to the wonders of the digital world those of us interested in odd things (like kintectic sculpture) get to stay connected and share work. Brett recently emailed me about a new piece he has just finished with a YouTubelink. 

Brett writes the following about this piece: "The video shows my mechanical butterfly sculpture titled "Butterfly Effect." The sculpture features a mechanical butterfly made of wood and aluminum, with small turning gears on its body. It takes a different flight path on each rotation of the main gear, taking millions of revolutions to follow the same flight path again."