My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Good day everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper these days, so right this moment’s submit is a few design each outdated and new. 

This time, my intuition to revisit previous tasks has taken me to my Kinetic Detent Slider sequence. Like its predecessors, the mechanism for this work is deliberately trivial and encompasses a easy piston mechanic that locks in place utilizing a spring ball detent. 

The enchantment of this mission is that it’s a type of elegantly easy designs that enables me to marry mechanical performance, with one thing so visually distinctive I’ve been unable to duplicate it since. It’s a craft kind with a timeless really feel that’s ripe for countless iteration. 

I’m calling this sculpture the “KDS1-VW” 

For these of you aware of my older works, possibly a few of you might be questioning why I’ve come again to this design after a 7 yr break? The brief reply is that in case you give an artist the chance to have interaction in nostalgia, they’ll virtually at all times take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve not too long ago had a singular alternative to put in writing at size about my journey via the rewarding craft of Machining. This has helped me replicate on the numerous methods machine work, each digital and guide, is (lastly) seeping additional into the cracks of inventive society.

In doing so, I simply could not assist revisiting a design that holds a really particular place in my observe. After I check out my very own journey, there are a small variety of works that stand above the remainder as touchstones that mark a change in my relationship to my medium. 


My unique Slider sculpture, which at first I simply known as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking up its official nickname, is one in every of them.  I might be prepared to wager there are fairly a couple of individuals studying this weblog right this moment who’re right here primarily due to the recognition of the S1 sculpture. 

It’s this work that basically helped me perceive that if I used to be going to outline my work by way of creating machining as a studio craft, I would want to create tasks that bridged the world of wonderful artwork with a few of the different ornamental craft tendencies I used to be seeing pop up amongst machinists. 

So nonetheless outdated this unique concept, I’m glad got here again to this work. As a result of except for bringing me plenty of private pleasure, there was additionally loads of room for enchancment in each course of, engineering, and design.


Within the video above, I do my finest to element lots of the design modifications that I used to be capable of incorporate. 

Supplies I’ve experimented with up to now are as follows. Left to proper above is pink stabilized BoxElder, two tone Amboyna Burl with sapwood, and blue stabilized Boxelder.


Left to proper right here is Chechen, Amboyna Burl, and Ironwood. Ironwood is available in plenty of flavors, from excessive distinction burls in shiny orange, to extra uniform browns. I take advantage of it due to this selection and it machines extraordinarily properly.

So thats it, this work is particular to me as a result of it set me on a path to realizing that machining is a career that exists concurrently as an business, a craft, and science with a inbuilt means to use it. It’s a course of that uniquely blurs the road between wonderful artwork, craft, and design in method that I may use to inform a narrative in regards to the concept of craft itself. 

I really feel fortunate to be afforded the chance to make lovely objects that pull affect from the numerous spheres of information it touches. 

In resurrecting this design, I hope to create an extra alternative to speak about conventional craft kinds inside the area of machining. That’s kinds that “ALL” machinists could make to study the basics of the craft. however extra on that in a later submit. 


Notes for collectors: I feel it might be a criminal offense not supply this work up as an version so I’ve already began gearing up. Growth continues on a couple of elements of the work; specifically a show stand and wonderful tuning my course of for safely processing the wooden components. However nothing that may considerably alter the work itself.

For these desirous about including this sculpture to your collections, the join will go dwell on Thursday March sixteenth at 11AM EST. 

As at all times, a hyperlink will exit through publication, as properly seem on my Weblog and Instagram profile. Pricing and different particulars of the sale shall be accessible on the join kind. 

Notes on wooden choice for the inlays: I’ll attempt to have all related info pertaining to materials choice on the join, however I do wish to make a quick remark now on the truth that these works make use of the usage of unique and stabilized hardwoods. 

These hardwoods are usually not at all times simple to supply and so whereas I’ll do my highest to get my palms on every little thing I have to get you the work you want, some provides shall be restricted. If one explicit choice proves in style, I’ll have problem sourcing sufficient materials. So I might warning those that really feel strongly about what they need, to enroll as early as potential, and everybody else to possibly take into consideration a backup alternative if that turns into essential.

One other word is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these relatively tough inlays is simply appropriate for a sure vary of supplies, so whereas I’m open to options, there’s a restrict to what is going to work. Crumbly or fractious woods merely will not survive the method, and unique metals and different supplies are unsuitable for the work-holding and turning course of I’ve constructed. Above is a sampling of a few of the woods I’m going to supply. These are the supplies that I really feel work finest with this course of. I hope that’s helpful info. 

OK, with all of the tough particulars out of the best way, I simply wish to say that these new items are completely gorgeous and I am unable to wait to make some extra of them. Extra quickly, and as at all times, feedback and questions are welcome.