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Ivan Black21/10/2017 16:19:10
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Hi everyone, I'm a sculptor specialising in kinetic and mechanical art. I design and make a lot of my own components having taught myself some (very basic) engineering. I'm on my second lathe, a Myford ML7 which has done me well but I'm thinking to upgrade to something more robust but still compact such as a Colchester Bantam or similar, I'm also looking to add a small mill so any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. You can have a look at my sculptures here: **LINK**

Are there any other artists on here?

Muzzer21/10/2017 17:16:52
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Interesting stuff! I take it the lathe is for spindles, bearings etc. Presumably you have a plasma cutter and welding gear as well?

Can't claim to be any form of artist myself. That's my wife's side of the family.


Neil Wyatt21/10/2017 17:40:16
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Welcome to the forum Ivan.

Your nested sculptures show a commendable economy of materials!

I guess that most of them 'come to life' in a breeze?

<edit> I found Hex 2 ... is that entirely wind powered? Very impressive.


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 21/10/2017 17:41:57

Ivan Black21/10/2017 17:57:47
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Hi Neil, I'm glad you like the sculptures, yes, Hex is all wind powered.

There are videos of various sculptures in action on the website and also on my Vimeo page here: **LINK**

I'm glad I've done this, I can see this page being a great resource for advice, my engineering knowledge tends to lag behind my ideas to be honest!

Ivan Black21/10/2017 18:42:16
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And yes Murray, some welding gear but no plasma cutter, I farm out the cutting to a waterjet company.

Hevanscc21/10/2017 18:50:07
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Hi Ivan,

Love the sculptures. I am not an artist nor an engineer, but make steel bicycle frames, which can involve some artisitc aesthetics which I hope to develop further. Looking at your sculptures puts in my mind to make an orrery - has anyone on here made one?



Ivan Black21/10/2017 19:09:40
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That's a beauty Hywel.

I've never made a orrery but it would be a nice thing to try, let me know if you go for it.

Neil Wyatt21/10/2017 19:12:23
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I have a stalled Jovilabe, which is like an orrery but deals largely with Jupiter and its moons. Before I can restart it, I have to figure out how it works again...

jovilabe model 2.jpg

jovilabe (4).jpg


Hevanscc21/10/2017 19:24:06
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That reminds me of the day I decided to put back together my lathe, which had been sitting in the shed for a couple of months after I carted it home. I picked up the apron to slide it on the bed and 10 cogs fell out on the floor. After several hours of head scratching I managed to fit them all back . . . it seems to work OK .smiley

Edited By Hevanscc on 21/10/2017 19:24:42

Mick Charity21/10/2017 20:14:24
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Posted by Ivan Black on 21/10/2017 16:19:10:

Are there any other artists on here?

I'm going to say this & suddenly it will appear in real life.

One of the happiest moments of my life was the first time I remember gazing in wonder at the Rowland Emett clock in a newly opened Nottingham shopping centre.

It just suddenly sprung to life, which is what I think all art should do.

I don't pretend to understand art, I'm not the type that thinks discussing the way the light refracts from the perpetual surrealism, whilst desperately trying not to spill the G&T, is anything other than snobbery & verbal masturbation.

If it ever becomes socially acceptable to reverse the popular opinion on fostering, then I would adopt Jos De Vink to become my surrogate my grandad,

Who's that bloke who invented kinetic art? Who is that bloke who invented kinetic art?

For me, it was that bloke who walked alongside the wind walkers on the beach, his name is irelevant to me but that was beautifull.

If you want to steal my thunder & possibly make £money from your kinetic art then PM me. I have an idea that would certainly excite those in danger of spilling their G&T's, because sadly they are the ones who can afford it & they are the ones who define it.

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