MADE in the Making

If you’ve been reading my blog then you’ll have encountered photos of the gorgeous MADE Ornamental Rose Engine by David Lindow. Well… there’s now a website with tons of incredible photos of the lathe and the process – a brochure(!) – and the whole story of its creation. Check it out! Here’s a recent post they did showing photos of the lathe in production….

“An incredible amount of work goes into the making of each lathe. Every part is manufactured and finished by hand here in the United States. We thought we’d share some photos of the process with you.”

Source: MADE in the Making

The Art of Illusion

The art of illusion is a fascinating subject, and one that I have been drawn to throughout my life. The fact that the experiences provided by automata, sleight of hand, holograms, and magic lanterns all activate the same cognitive mental processes in the brain is remarkable. In between engine turning classes earlier this month, David and I were able to pay a visit to the Magician’s Magician – John Gaughan – a maker of magical wonders. John’s work is a staple in the magic realm. He started in his youth designing and making tricks for a magician, who later relocated to LA and brought John with him. Since then he has acquired and created an incredible body of work of magical artifacts, including Balsamo the famous chattering skull by Joseffy. Among his collection one will see more simple tricks – such as the vanishing ball and vase – to a mechanical marvel clockwork organ clarinet player. And if you’ve ever read my about page – I refer to a mechanical peacock that can pull an ace from a deck of cards – you’ll see said peacock, Philippe in the photos below. He was made by John.

In this video interview with John below, he takes us through some of the most wonderful illusions in history.

Between our visits to The Museum of Jurassic Technology and the respective workshops of John Gaughan, Tristan Duke, and Al Collins, we had the pleasure of checking out two extraordinary venues. If you find yourself in LA – we highly recommend patronizing The Edison, where one can watch Thomas Edison’s silent movies and have a cocktail, and Clifton’s Cafeteria. Both have an incredible story and are the work of visionary designer Andrew Meieran. From the Clifton’s Cafeteria website: “Eighty years after Clifford Clinton revolutionized dining with the mythical Clifton’s Brookdale, Clifton’s is once again poised to re-define the dining experience. Dedicated to conservation, preservation and education, the legendary establishment is now prepared for the next eighty years. We invite you to join us to explore the new world of Clifton’s – a world of adventure, imagination and magic. ” From experience I can say – it’s all true. The place is absolutely magical – from hidden dioramas to private tiny sanctuaries with forest scenes built into the walls.

 

So with that, go out and explore the magic created by visionaries of the past and present!

 

Photos from Engine Turning II Class

We held our first advanced engine turning class last weekend! It was great to see some familiar faces, as the class was made up of returning students from previous sessions. Some students focused their time and energy on one ambitious project, while others tried using different materials, figuring out patterns from photographs of antique objects, and integrating both rose and straightline machine patterns in one piece. Here’s some examples of what we got up to. By demand, a level three class is in the works! Learn about classes and register here.

Seeing the MADE lathe & the MJT

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Last week in between classes David and I had the privilege of visiting The Museum of Jurassic Technology and taking a field trip to Al Collins workshop. Al is one of the developers of the MADE lathe and is in the thick of some fascinating research. He has developed some rosettes in an attempt to regain lost techniques used by the ornamental turners of previous centuries. He has made huge strides and is producing pieces inspired by the Coburg Ivories.

You should also check out the work of Tristan Duke – a modern wizard in holography. I can’t wait to see what comes of potential collaborations between David and Tristan. Given that engine turning or Guilloché can be considered the precursor to holographic technology – there is some discussion about producing scratch abrasive holograms using David’s rose engine. Talk about exciting! Below you can see some of the incredible experiments and holograms Tristan is working on.

No.1 Round Two – Intro to Engine Turning

We got the jig borer set up for laying out dials, which produced great results. Some students even tried their hand at engraving.  A diverse group of talents – jewelers, wood turners, ornamental turners, art conservators, watchmakers, and artists coming from all over the US – Nevada, California, and South Carolina – made for a really dynamic class. We really had a wonderful time and are looking forward to this coming weekend’s advanced group! It turns out one of our students from this last class is quite the photographer. Thanks Alexandre for sharing your gorgeous shots!

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