My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Hi there everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper recently, so at the moment’s submit is a few design each previous and new. 

This time, my intuition to revisit previous tasks has taken me to my Kinetic Detent Slider collection. 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 enables me to marry mechanical performance, with one thing so visually distinctive I’ve been unable to duplicate it since. It’s a craft type with a timeless really feel that’s ripe for infinite iteration. 

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

For these of you conversant in my older works, perhaps a few of you’re questioning why I’ve come again to this design after a 7 12 months break? The brief reply is that in case you give an artist the chance to interact in nostalgia, they may nearly at all times take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve just lately had a novel alternative to put in writing at size about my journey via the rewarding craft of Machining. This has helped me replicate on the various 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. 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 authentic Slider sculpture, which at first I simply referred to as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking up its official nickname, is one in all them.  I might be keen to wager there are fairly just a few folks studying this weblog at the 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 creating machining as a studio craft, I would wish to create tasks that bridged the world of high-quality artwork with a few of the different ornamental craft developments 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 loads 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 adjustments that I used to be capable of 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 loads of flavors, from excessive distinction burls in vibrant orange, to extra uniform browns. I take advantage of it due to this selection and it machines extraordinarily effectively.

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 occupation 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 high-quality artwork, craft, and design in approach 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 lovely objects that pull affect from the various spheres of information it touches. 

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


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

For these fascinated 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 by way of e-newsletter, as effectively seem on my Weblog and Instagram profile. Pricing and different particulars of the sale shall be out there on the join type. 

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 short 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 straightforward to supply and so whereas I’ll do my highest to get my fingers on every little thing I have to get you the work you want, some provides shall be restricted. If one specific choice proves standard, 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 doable, and everybody else to perhaps take into consideration a backup alternative if that turns into mandatory.

One other word is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these quite difficult inlays is simply appropriate for a sure vary of supplies, so whereas I’m open to options, 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 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 difficult particulars out of the best way, 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 at all times, feedback and questions are welcome.