Making the “Post-Imperial Shaker”
Here is a brief slideshow of how I built the Post-Imperial Shaker. The frame of the machine is built simply of 2x2 angle-iron, with 3/4” dia. supports for the axles. I used shaft collars welded to the supports to house the bushings and bearings where the axles rotate. The key mechanism here is the “crank slider”, a sort of piston which allows a rod connected to a crank (on the flywheel) to pivot and slide, creating an elliptical path where the shakers are.
“Eating My Cake…” on the Daily Planet!
Check out my Lollipop Licker on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet! I love the unabashed innuendo towards the end; I think the hosts even made themselves a bit uncomfortable!
If anyone is wondering how Porcupine chain is born, this is it.
New parts, fresh from the waterjet shop! I’m excited for this new batch of work. For reference, the large ring gear is about two feet across.
The finished “pancake bird cage”. I’ll need four of these for my upcoming piece.
Making a flat birdcage for a new piece. I started with bent bailing wire and a diagram drawn on the table. Add 16 spring clamps and blocks, and things are starting to look like a wire ferris wheel.
New project brewing. Porcupine quills!
Show coming up on Nov. 4th (First Friday) at new gallery space right next to West Oakland Bart! Come by if you can make it!
Just learned that I was nominated as “Best Artist” in this year’s East Bay Express Best of the East Bay poll. My name is one letter off, which hopefully accounts for the late discovery (the issue came out July 20th). Anyway, thank you to my nominator, “Justeatit”!