My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Good day everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper currently, so right this moment’s put up is a few design each previous 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 attraction of this mission 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 type 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, perhaps 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 the event you give an artist the chance to have interaction in nostalgia, they are going to virtually at all times take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve lately had a novel alternative to jot down at size about my journey by means of the rewarding craft of Machining. This has helped me mirror on the various 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. Once 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 known as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking over its official nickname, is one among them.  I would be prepared to guess there are fairly a couple of folks studying this weblog right this moment 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 wish to create initiatives that bridged the world of advantageous artwork with a few of the different ornamental craft developments I used to be seeing pop up amongst machinists. 

So nevertheless previous this unique thought, I’m glad got here again to this work. As a result of apart from bringing me a variety 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 most of the design modifications that I used to be in a position to incorporate. 

Supplies I’ve experimented with up to now are as follows. Left to proper above is crimson 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 variety of flavors, from excessive distinction burls in brilliant 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 trade, a craft, and science with a in-built means to use it. It’s a course of that uniquely blurs the road between advantageous artwork, craft, and design in method that I may use to inform a narrative concerning the thought of craft itself. 

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

In resurrecting this design, I hope to create an extra alternative to speak about conventional craft kinds throughout 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 put up. 


Notes for collectors: I believe it could be a criminal offense not provide this work up as an version so I’ve already began gearing up. Improvement continues on a couple of facets of the work; particularly a show stand and advantageous tuning my course of for safely processing the wooden components. However nothing that may considerably alter the work itself.

For these keen on including this sculpture to your collections, the enroll will go reside 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 will likely be obtainable on the enroll type. 

Notes on wooden choice for the inlays: I’ll attempt to have all related info pertaining to materials choice on the enroll, 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 at all times simple to supply and so whereas I’ll do my easiest to get my palms on all the pieces I must get you the work you want, some provides will likely 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 attainable, and everybody else to perhaps take into consideration a backup selection if that turns into essential.

One other notice is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these slightly tough inlays is barely 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 greatest with this course of. I hope that’s helpful info. 

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