My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Hey everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper these days, so at this time’s publish is a few design each outdated and new. 

This time, my intuition to revisit previous initiatives 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 undertaking is that it’s a kind of elegantly easy designs that enables me to marry mechanical performance, with one thing so visually distinctive I’ve been unable to copy it since. It’s a craft kind with a timeless really feel that’s ripe for infinite iteration. 

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

For these of you aware of my older works, perhaps a few of you might be questioning why I’ve come again to this design after a 7 12 months break? The quick reply is that if you happen to give an artist the chance to interact in nostalgia, they are going to nearly all the time take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve just lately had a singular alternative to jot down 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 handbook, 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 follow. After I check out my very own journey, there are a small variety of works that stand above the remaining as touchstones that mark a change in my relationship to my medium. 


My unique Slider sculpture, which at first I simply referred to as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking up its official nickname, is considered one of them.  I would be keen to wager there are fairly just a few folks studying this weblog at this time who’re right here primarily due to the recognition of the S1 sculpture. 

It’s this work that actually helped me perceive that if I used to be going to outline my work when it comes to growing machining as a studio craft, I would want to create initiatives that bridged the world of tremendous artwork with among 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So nonetheless outdated this unique concept, I’m glad got here again to this work.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 greatest to element lots of the design adjustments that I used to be in a position to incorporate. 

Supplies I’ve experimented with to date are as follows. Left to proper above is purple 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 brilliant orange, to extra uniform browns. I exploit it due to this selection and it machines extraordinarily nicely.

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 trade, a craft, and science with a in-built means to use it. It’s a course of that uniquely blurs the road between tremendous artwork, craft, and design in method that I might use to inform a narrative concerning the concept of craft itself. 

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

In resurrecting this design, I hope to create an additional alternative to speak about conventional craft varieties throughout the subject of machining. That’s varieties that “ALL” machinists could make to be taught the basics of the craft. however extra on that in a later publish. 


Notes for collectors: I believe it might be a criminal offense not provide this work up as an version so I’ve already began gearing up. Growth continues on just a few elements of the work; specifically a show stand and tremendous tuning my course of for safely processing the wooden parts. However nothing that can considerably alter the work itself.

For these keen on including this sculpture to your collections, the enroll will go stay on Thursday March sixteenth at 11AM EST. 

As all the time, a hyperlink will exit by way of e-newsletter, as nicely seem on my Weblog and Instagram profile. Pricing and different particulars of the sale might be out there on the enroll kind. 

Notes on wooden choice for the inlays: I’ll attempt to have all related data pertaining to materials choice on the enroll, 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 all the time simple to supply and so whereas I’ll do my highest to get my fingers on every part I must get you the work you need, some provides might be restricted. If one specific choice proves standard, I’ll have issue sourcing sufficient materials. So I might warning those that really feel strongly about what they need, to enroll as early as doable, and everybody else to perhaps take into consideration a backup selection if that turns into obligatory.

One other notice is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these somewhat difficult inlays is barely appropriate for a sure vary of supplies, so whereas I’m open to solutions, 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 among the woods I’m going to supply. These are the supplies that I really feel work greatest with this course of. I hope that’s helpful data. 

OK, with all of the difficult particulars out of the way in which, I simply wish to say that these new items are completely beautiful and I can not wait to make some extra of them. Extra quickly, and as all the time, feedback and questions are welcome.