I found myself in need of making my own gears. Either the stock gears available didn’t have the proper dimensions or they were just way too expensive. Making one’s own gears is a freeing step for a machinist and someone who builds kinetic sculptures. I already had my old bridgeport mill, and I even had …read more
A couple of friends of mine were getting married, and they asked me to participate in one of my favorite ways: by making them some custom art! The challenge they offered was to build a machine which would accomplish the traditional Jewish breaking of the wine glass. The couple are amazingly creative, and I wanted …read more
A Moveable Feast got featured on KCET’s program Socal Connected. The ~5 min feature aired on May 14, 2014 and it was quite an honor to have my art highlighted. It was great to meet the fun host, Nic Cha Kim, and see how the show is put together. Everyone at KCET was easy going …read more
This is Part 3 of a series. You can start with Part 1 and Part 2. After welding up the basic frame of the Labyrinth game, I took the entire thing outside and gave it a quick coat of primer, so it wouldn’t rust. I knew this project was going to take a while, and …read more
This is a continuation of Part 1 of this series. With all of the pieces cut, drilled, and welded to make the square frames of the labyrinth, it was time to start aligning the bearings that everything pivots on. I attached a pair of 1″ ID flange mount bearings to both sides of the holes. …read more
I finally finished a large project. During the process I was intending to blog about the progress. Instead, I took photos and just let them build up. I’ve got enough photos that it makes sense to break them up into a few different posts. I hope you’ll bear with me. The goal was to build …read more
For the past few years we’ve been dealing with buttons. Moving, storing, sorting, picking through, and generally managing a large collection of castaway buttons from a previous company. Some were usable, but many lacked the micro-switch that gives the button any functionality at all. Why do I mention this? Because having these buttons made us …read more
I whipped up a video of the engineering magic behind A Moveable Feast. Enjoy!