First piece of the New Year. This one had me busy for over 11 weeks and it feels good to have it finished and ready to share.
Dimensions on the new work are 23.5"H x24"L x12"D. It is machined entirely out of Aluminum and Stainless steel and weighs in just shy of 58 pounds. Blue print images, Process images and a shot for scale are toward the bottom.
I am going to be breaking with my normal posting format to try something new. I will be keeping this blog a bit more minimal as far as my writing goes, at least for now. I just want to let the images and the work do more of the talking for a while. Obviously I would still love to hear your thoughts and talk to anyone who has questions one on one, but I felt my write ups were getting a bit too monotonous for my taste and I think simple is more desirable sometimes. (but feel free to email me anytime!)
(More images after the jump)
OK, one little thing I'd like to add to this post ( it seems I can't help myself ), it is about this image. To avoid using easily recognizable bolts and fasteners to assemble my works, I have been designing various specialized fasteners for my pieces that require unique little hand tools to tighten them. For this piece, I made several dozen fasteners for the large body flanges (or what ever you want to call them) that were tightened with this special little brass wrench I made. It was needed to grip the little divots in the bolt (beside it in the image) without marring it. It isn't anything super fancy, but it worked very well and these little hand tools always seem fascinating to me once the piece is done. In the past,( like my last edition) I have incorporate the stands of my works or other parts to serve as tools or tightening devices, but for stand alone tools like this one, It always feels like sort of a shame not to have any other purpose for them once the work is finished as no one will ever see them. I have not really documented many previous examples. But I certainly plan to in the future and am also thinking more about what other purposes they can serve or what their artistic value is. Perhaps I will start to make them more elaborate on purpose to explore this...Just some stray thoughts.
As always, Questions and comments are welcome.