Pointer

Working on my last sculpture got me interested in the idea of carefully balancing a sculptural element atop a fine steel point. I decided to run with the premise and make a few more sculptures based on the same concept. For the second pass, I created this pared down version featuring a long, narrow piece held in place by only two cables. The next iteration is already underway and will be much more complex.

Just A Simple End Table

I recently moved into a new house and, as you might imagine, put a bunch of my tension based furniture throughout it. Having too many of those pieces in one room can be a little overwhelming so, for the first time in years, I designed a piece completely void of steel cables. This particular end table, made of birch and walnut, is meant to compliment the X-Weave Coffee Table that I have in my living room. It was fun to build something that didn't need quite so much attention to detail or concern about structural integrity. I designed it in five minutes in lumber yard parking lot and didn't bother considering other options. 

Contour Coffee Table Demonstration

Last weekend at Maker Faire a lot of people had questions about how the Contour Coffee Table works and, in particular, how much weight it can support. After all, when you touch the cables, none of them feels like it's actually doing much work. Can this thing actually support a lot of weight? Let's find out!


Editor's Choice at Maker Faire

Ready for the first day of the fair.

This past weekend, I attended the Bay Area Maker Faire for the first time. It was great to see the crazy things different people think up and also to talk to thousands of people about my own work. On the last day, my work was selected as an Editor's Choice. Make magazine wrote a short article about my work and also posted a video of me discussing it. 

The fair was full of 3D printer displays, robotics and fire-breathing robots, but my favorite things were the homemade carnival rides. I've always loved amusement parks and even went so far as to build a section of rideable roller coaster track in my garage when I was 14. The pedal-powered swings and ferris wheel along with the parking lot roller coaster are the sorts of things I would love to build some day.

Editors Choice 2015!

The crowds were a little intimidating at first. Estimates put attendance around 150,000 for the weekend.

Probably my favorite things I saw... I was disappointed I couldn't ride it.

Pedal-powered swings... These things got going pretty fast!

Pedal powered ferris wheel!