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How do you know when you need a new bandsaw blade? Not much gets done here without this tool! Today it was asking for some love. #bandsaw #workshop #metalart #metalshop #kineticsculpture #kineticart #shoptools #metalcutting #stainlesssteel #stainless #artstudio #safety #sawblades
Here are some additional finds from our 2000 mile road trip. Watch for these items to become part of my future sculptures. Most of these items were in back rooms and on bottom shelves without much value to the average person. Shown for reference is a yellow yardstick ( 36” ). #hooks #wrenches #handtools #art #mechanicalart #kineticart #kineticsculpture #rollingballsculpture #steel #gears #pulley #antiques #salvage #salvaged #upcycled #recycled #junk #junkfinds #welding #weldingporn #artsupplies
Hand-winding these stainless steel coils into different diameters is a frequent task in my studio. I use them for marble paths, cut them into rings and use pieces for structural supports in my sculptures. #metalart #metalsculpture #kineticart #kineticsculpture #rollingballsculpture #shopproject #artstudio #stainlesssteel #handmade #circle #circles #coils
Road trip finds. Mostly scrap steel for future projects. The spikey wheel is about 17” in diameter for a size reference. #metalart #metalsculpture #junk #upcycle #welding #antiques #salvage
Acquired this old and grungy mini-lathe as a refurbishing project. Not sure where to start, so all suggestions appreciated. These older machines had all metal gears and generally good build quality. I will have to add a motor and control speed with multiple pulley combinations. I hope to make small metal parts with it for my metal sculptures. Most will be 1” diameter or less, so I’m hoping this will do it. #metalart #metalartist #metallathe #refurbishing #refurbishment #machinist #machine #machining #shopproject #diy #workbench #homeshop #metalshop #metalsculpture #metalsculptor #mechanicalengineering #vintagemachine #vintagetools #craftsmantools
Climbing Tree Sculpture - the video. Manual operation and randomizing elements in this piece make the marble paths unpredictable due to small variations in marble size, speed, rail contact, and position. Dimensions are approximately 36” tall x 20” wide x 16” deep. Higher quality video available on NxtLight.com #rollingballsculpture #metalart #metalartist #metalsculpture #indianaartist #marbles #mechanicalsculpture #random #complexity #complexmovement #kineticart #kineticsculpture #displayart #architecturaldigest #fineart #fineartsculpture
I call this rolling ball sculpture the “climbing tree” with some whimsy added by the little people in blue. Video forthcoming. It has a number of “randomizing” elements that are apparent in the video. I am fascinated by the unpredictable change in sequence from the release of the marbles to the capture basin as the elements interact. It is manually operated by pressing the red button allowing one marble at a time to be released. Changing the release rate alters the interaction patterns and changes the marble paths. Dimensions are approximately 36” high x 20” wide by 16” deep. Materials are welded stainless steel, a cast iron base, and 1” diameter glass marbles. #rollingballsculpture #metalart #metalartist #metalsculpture #indianartist #indianart #mechanicaldesign #mechanicalart #sculpture #sculptures #marbles #marblesculpture #displayart
Alien plant series sculpture no. 2. In my imagination these pretty color flowers are waiting to clamp around the hands of anyone who touches them. And yes they are stainless steel. I thought about sharpening the points but perhaps that’s a little too realistic. Inspired by the alien plants in Star Trek and Lost in Space. These do sway in the wind and occasionally clang slightly on windy days. Love the kinetic aspect. #metalart #metalsculpture #kineticart #kineticsculpture #outdoorart #outdoorsculpture #yardart #yardsculpture #alien #aliens👽 #startrek #lostinspace
First of the “alien plant” series sculptures. I’m working on a series of small (10” to 20” high) stainless steel sculptures inspired by the alien plants on the Startrek and Lost In Space TV shows. #startrek #lostinspace #sciencefiction #sciencefictionart #metalsculpture #gardenart #alien #aliens #alienplant #alienplants #yardart #metalart #flowers #gardening #gardening #science
I’m conflicted over whether to conserve this old hand driven tool grinder or convert it to the drive mechanism for a kinetic sculpture. The 11” diameter main wheel is just the right size for an industrial-looking coffee table art piece. But it’s definitely not child safe. #industrialart #kineticart #kineticsculpture #mechanism #mechanisms #mechanicaldesign #mechanicalart #indianaartist #industialdesign #antique #antiques #antiquemachinery #antiquetools #vintage #vintagetools #reclaimed #repurposed #upcycled #rustic #rusticdesign
This module will soon be part of a larger rolling ball sculpture. There’s a great deal of shaping, cutting and welding to create the complex angles and curves to make it fit correctly and achieve the desired aesthetic. Occasionally I will incorporate a large and visually dominant element like this spring to contrast with the more common small diameter stainless metal material. The spring itself has been heated and formed to create a curved path for 1” diameter marbles. #rollingballsculpture #metalsculpture #metalart #metalartist #marbles #stainlesssteel #steelart #steelsculpture #rbs #toys #sculpture #welding #metalshop #fabrication #upcycling
The feeling of completing a project and realizing a vision makes all the work worth while. Just some final touch up and this 2’ x 3’ welded sculpture containing 50 pairs of scissors will be looking for a new home. It weighs about 15 pounds and can be wall mounted either horizontally or vertically. #scissors #sculptures #sculpture #fineart #metalart #metalsculpture #wallart #wallartdecor #architectural #architecturaldesign #sewing #indianaartist #primarycolors #colorful #colorfulart #weldedart #upcycling #interiordesign #quilting #fabric #knitting #craft #arts #artsy #artstudio #weldingart

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