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Sunday, October 21, 2012


Well finally daylight at the end of the tunnel. Almost a full year of commissions - whew. I am very proud of the "musical" robot sculptures. One is going to Oregon and the other to Portugal. This will be the last for awhile as I gear up to complete my book projects - Marty and Otto and Grace. I am very excited to start them and have already worked out most of the tumbnails and rough sketches.
Sketching everyday really pays off. Well these big pieces are not quite done so it's back to work.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Finally have some pictures of Trixie Red. This is the third sculpture of Trixie. We are shooting video for an upcoming Kickstarter project and I will update when we are done! Really great things happening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

R! Wood Robot

For 8 years I have been drawing and building robot sculptures. I have been exploring, breaking down and rebuilding its iconic form. This year I finally put down my pencil and think that I have created a version that is my interpretation of the robot. Solid wood. I really enjoy working in work. It is a refreshing change from working in metal.

I am going to be offering these as a limited edition on my web site. What do you think?

Monday, May 7, 2012

How to Begin

I am very lucky to do the work that I do. I love the adventure and a chance to let your imagination run free. Last spring I was commissioned to create a sculpture that would play music.
It was great timing for me as I had been perfecting my technique for constructin my rocketships. The rocketships are meticulously covered with metal plates and nails creating a look similar to old shipbuilding.

It is extremely time consuming and surprisingly full of geometric and origami challenges.
After several rounds of sketches and some initial constructing I decided to change course.
I began making my own shapes and combing it with my metal technique. The process slowed down considerably as I navigated my way through this new process. Spring turn to summer, summer to fall and I did not complete the work until three days before the deadline for Spectrum 19.
Yes I completely went over budget, and yes I made LOTS of missteps but most important I was playing.
I felt like I was nine years old again spending  hours working on a model or complicated puzzle.
And when people see "Tank" for the first time they are amazed at the detail. All those nails and tiny bits of steel. But when I lower the Nash hood ornament on his chest and show them where you put your ipod - their jaws hit the floor. And then there is the music.

I can't wait to make the next one.