Seeing Red Today...
Not seeing red as in mad, I mean seeing red as in cutting a lot of gears. You may already know I advocate printing the templates in red ink as it is easier one my eyes to facilitate easier more accurate cutting. Anyway cutting gears is like a zen moment, relaxing, wholly involved, and you usually feel good when finished!
I haven't blogged for a while. I have been busy with design work, major dock repair at the marina and helping to online school a grandson, all with a pinched nerve in my shoulder slowing me down, (sucks to be old sometimes). We are still in COVID lockdown in this part of the world.
I am working on a new piece and have created a prototype on a key piece of the project, but I figured it was time for a little shop therapy and without finishing the design I set out to cut some gears. The project has a minimum of 28 gears at this point because o wanted to decouple several section to operate at different speeds to make things look a little more interesting. Anyway here are the first 18 gears, six of which have been cut out, which means lots of opportunity to see red again soon!
More to come soon.
7/20/2021 05:52:56 am
I am now retired and used to be a prolific automata artist. I am now getting back into it again :) I have five pieces of my automata in the National Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea (It has now been renamed as "Funtique" for some reason.) Anyway, I used to always make my gears out of maple or mahogany but see a lot of artists using plywood. Your recomendation? Thank you!
8/4/2021 10:07:32 am
I most always use plywood to avoid warpage and minimize expansion and contraction. Any of the materials you suggest are likely okay
7/30/2021 09:44:21 pm
HI Mr Conquergood;
8/4/2021 10:10:32 am
Scott, could you send me your email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I could reply ti you question. It is a better format to respond in than this blog editor.
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