My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Good day everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper currently, so at this time’s publish is a few design each previous 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 attraction of this challenge is that it’s a kind of elegantly easy designs that permits 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 countless iteration. 

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

For these of you accustomed to my older works, possibly a few of you might be questioning why I’ve come again to this design after a 7 12 months break? The brief reply is that in the event you give an artist the chance to interact in nostalgia, they’ll virtually all the time take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve lately 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 artistic society.

In doing so, I simply could not assist revisiting a design that holds a really particular place in my apply. 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 authentic Slider sculpture, which at first I simply known as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking up its official nickname, is certainly one of them.  I might be keen to wager there are fairly just a few individuals studying this weblog at this time 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 tremendous artwork with among the different ornamental craft tendencies I used to be seeing pop up amongst machinists. 

So nevertheless previous this authentic concept, I’m glad got here again to this work. As a result of apart from bringing me a whole lot 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 a whole lot of flavors, from excessive distinction burls in vivid orange, to extra uniform browns. I exploit 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 in-built means to use it. It’s a course of that uniquely blurs the road between tremendous artwork, craft, and design in manner that I may use to inform a narrative concerning 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 additional alternative to speak about conventional craft types throughout the subject of machining. That’s types 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. Improvement continues on just a few features of the work; specifically a show stand and tremendous tuning my course of for safely processing the wooden components. However nothing that can considerably alter the work itself.

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

As all the time, a hyperlink will exit by way of e-newsletter, as properly seem on my Weblog and Instagram profile. Pricing and different particulars of the sale can be accessible on the join kind. 

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

These hardwoods usually are not all the time straightforward to supply and so whereas I’ll do my best possible to get my palms on every little thing I have to get you the work you want, some provides can be restricted. If one specific choice proves widespread, I’ll have problem sourcing sufficient materials. So I’d warning those that really feel strongly about what they need, to enroll as early as doable, and everybody else to possibly take into consideration a backup alternative if that turns into vital.

One other observe is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these slightly difficult inlays is barely appropriate for a sure vary of supplies, so whereas I’m open to ideas, there’s a restrict to what’s 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 need 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 all the time, feedback and questions are welcome.