My Sculpture Weblog: The KDS1-VW


Hiya everybody. I’ve been in a reflective temper currently, so right now’s publish is a few design each previous and new. 

This time, my intuition to revisit previous initiatives has taken me to my Kinetic Detent Slider collection. Like its predecessors, the mechanism for this work is deliberately trivial and contains a easy piston mechanic that locks in place utilizing a spring ball detent. 

The attraction of this mission is that it’s a type 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 type with a timeless really feel that’s ripe for infinite iteration. 

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

For these of you accustomed to 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 quick reply is that for those who give an artist the chance to interact in nostalgia, they’ll virtually at all times take it. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, I’ve just lately had a singular alternative to write down 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 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 unique Slider sculpture, which at first I simply referred to as a “pocket sculpture” earlier than taking over its official nickname, is one in all them.  I would be prepared to guess there are fairly a couple of folks studying this weblog right now 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 initiatives that bridged the world of nice artwork with a number of the different ornamental craft developments I used to be seeing pop up amongst machinists. 

So nevertheless previous this unique concept, I’m glad got here again to this work. As a result of other than 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 modifications that I used to be capable of incorporate. 

Supplies I’ve experimented with thus far are as follows. Left to proper above is pink 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 brilliant orange, to extra uniform browns. I take advantage of 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 occupation 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 nice artwork, craft, and design in approach 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 various spheres of information 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 be taught the basics of the craft. however extra on that in a later publish. 


Notes for collectors: I believe it could be against the law not supply this work up as an version so I’ve already began gearing up. Growth continues on a couple of elements of the work; specifically a show stand and nice tuning my course of for safely processing the wooden parts. However nothing that can considerably alter the work itself.

For these fascinated with 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 by way of e-newsletter, as properly seem on my Weblog and Instagram profile. Pricing and different particulars of the sale will likely be out there on the enroll type. 

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 need to make a quick remark now on the truth that these works make use of using unique and stabilized hardwoods. 

These hardwoods should not at all times simple to supply and so whereas I’ll do my absolute best to get my fingers on every part I must get you the work you need, some provides will likely be restricted. If one specific choice proves common, I could have issue sourcing sufficient materials. So I’d 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 alternative if that turns into vital.

One other word is that the method I’ve arrange for shaping these moderately difficult inlays is just appropriate for a sure vary of supplies, so whereas I’m open to strategies, 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 number 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 data. 

OK, with all of the difficult particulars out of the best way, I simply need to say that these new items are completely beautiful and I am unable to wait to make some extra of them. Extra quickly, and as at all times, feedback and questions are welcome.