I thought I was going to work till the wood model was complete, then work on this post, but the photos Steve sent of the parts he has acquired were just so thrilling, I decided to make this post tonight.
As you know, we are trying to keep this project to 90% reclaimed materials and parts, in addition to using renewable energy to power it.
If you are a history lover and antique lover like me, you may be horrified by the carnage; Our style is one from an age where beauty, energy, and quality of work went hand-in-hand - because of this, the parts need to have some of that engineering beauty as well. But, if it will make you worry and fret a little less, all these parts are coming from things that are already missing parts, broken, or otherwise un-restorable. In other cases we are finding things that have that beauty and strength...but were made more recently than it seems. Not only does this help to keep our price down a bit, but also helps to avoid that guilt that would come with cannibalizing antiques.
Anyway... here are some photos with descriptions:
A shot of the Bone Grinder - I really love the wheel:
Another shot of the Bone Grinder:
Industrial Lamp found by Steve - We have four of these!!
Side view of the Industrial lamp:
The Wood Model. I'd like to call it a scale model of the completed machine, but we are still fundraising - still seeking parts from donors, still picking through scrap yards. It would be nice if we could do a complete finished design, and then gather parts accordingly, building it exactly as planned - but that would be a rather impossible shopping list. Instead, I am building the model with the basics, enough to communicate the general direction. This also means that the finished work is going to be *way* more intricate and awesome than the finished model - and the only way you'll get any real idea just how amazing that will be... is if the world, the fates, and the good-willed supporters of the art community allow us to bring it to life.
The wood model, so far, is made from a no-longer-used wood-dowel CD-rack, and some plywood scraps that were donated by the film "Thirty Minutes or Less" to our last year's ArtPrize project: CirqueACirca.
I know it doesn't look like much now, but, even when making sketches and models, I like my works to be solid and long-lasting. Hopefully this piece will be a work of art in its own when done... and I will give it to our biggest donor.
Wood Model in its early stages:
Another shot of the wood model in early construction:
One of two Heptagonal pieces. These will be the top and bottom of the central drum:
Another shot of the wood model, this time sans straps. Right now, the brass shaft is balancing on a metal point... I might have to find some bushings and gears at the model shop, but I am going to try to even keep the model on our 90% reclaimed material goal:
If you would like to be a part of this project: Please consider donating via our KickStarter page - and please, please forward the link to your twitter, facebook, or personal blog. There is no donation that does not matter, and every repost or retweet, gives us another chance at getting more attention to our efforts.
... or send us your broken things (please send us photos first though). You can post photos of things you find to our facebook page's wall: http://facebook.com/infernaldevice.
Thank you for reading,
- Myke Amend