So, Vincent designed this one shortly before the studio moved to Michigan. We've built two of these so far - but you can see Vincent's progress below.
Size: 76"h x 16"w x 12"d
Concept sketches: February 2016
Solid models: September 2016
Materials: Solid Maple, Maple & Birch Plywood, Laser Engraved Clock Face, Glass Face Cover, Clock Movement, Stains, Paints, Clear-coats, and Nickel Knob
The following documents the design process of the clock to date.
Solid Modeling (Revision No.4) - Still refining... or wrestling, rather.
Okay, I've been wrestling with this guy. I spent a few hours refining proportions again and I think I've recaptured some of the original "willowiness" of the original sketches. Once I'm done with a piece's design, I usually forget this part... but sometimes a piece takes some real cajoling to make it shine. It's crazy how big of an overall effect 1/2" here and a 1/2" there can have on a piece. I also forget how important it is to set aside a piece sometimes. I get too close to my designs sometimes... and a little break helps me see them with a fresh eye. I'd like to say I'm finished with the form... but I'm not so sure yet. (Don't see a big difference? I'm narrowing in on the final design which is when it's my job to get obsessive!)
Solid Modeling (Revision No.3)- Placing parts & fine tuning
I'm in the home stretch with the solid model. I'm happy with the overall form and now I'm working on the arduous task of designing and placing every single piece of the clock. Every slot, hole, clearance, and angle has to be carefully designed so the final design is buildable. It truly takes longer to design a piece than it does to actually make!
Sketch No.7 - A workable concept.
At this phase, my engineering brain is beginning it's partnership with my artistic brain. Shapes must be pleasing... but they also have to be buildable! I balance design goals with construction techniques. There is no point in designing something that can't actually be built Balancing is so intrinsic to my work that I don't consciously think about it... it just naturally happens.
Sketch No.5 - Getting comfortable with the concept...
Sketch No.3 - Still searching, but getting closer...
Sketch No.2 - Still searching for a concept...
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