Engine Turning Event Extended

Hi All! A quick announcement :

The tickets already sold out for the first engine turning session with Atlas Obscura – so they’ve added another. It now only has three spaces left – so if you’re interested I’d sign up while there’s still a spot or two! You can still sign up here.

Hope to see you there!

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Atlas Obscura Event on Engine Turning

Hello readers! I’m excited to announce I’ll be hosting an engine turning taster at my workshop in partnership with Atlas Obscura. If you’re not familiar with their online magazine – it’s very entertaining. In an effort to educate, inspire, and share the weird and wonderful things in this strange world, they host events and regularly publish articles on esoteric subjects.

Our engine turning workshop is quite small, so register early if you’ve been curious about engine turning, but are unsure about taking a full class or just want to give it a try. You can sign up here.

In other news – The Ornamental Turners International conference in Denver this year was an amazing time. We are working out hosting the next symposium here in Seattle for 2018. Stay tuned for details on that.

And so, to get you excited about the marvels of engine and ornamental turning, here are few photos of some recent pieces I’ve made and the incredible objects produced by both members and speakers that attended this year’s OTI event.

I’ve been loving the moire pattern lately – and trying out all manor of phasing variations.

 

These unbelievable kaleidoscopes by Bill Brinker are just gorgeous! Look at the incredible vibrantly COLORED enamel he has done over such fine and intricate guilloche work. If you take a minute to watch the videos – those are real gemstones inside suspended in an optical solution.

 

 

 

And here Jean-Claude Charpignon takes us through one of his elaborate Coburg Ivory inspired pieces in miniature. He is truly doing some incredible things with fixed-tool work. The video below demonstrates the movement of the top. A ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball….. all cut out of one piece!

 

 

Here are some photos from the gallery space where members set out their work. So many beautiful objects and fine craftsmanship in one place. Unfortunately, not all of the craftsmen who attended the show are represented here – that just means for you enthusiasts – you’ll have to attend the 2018 symposium!

I’ve Published a Book!

Gosh – can you believe it? Well, I hardly can…I’m so very excited to announce the publication of  Sacred Geometry – a 16th Century Coloring Book.

In an effort to engage a more diverse group of individuals with the incredible designs the rose engine can generate, I approached ornamental turner Al Collins with the idea of a coloring book. Seeing that these patterns could be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, I wanted to seize on the opportunity of the coloring book boom and found the perfect platform! In this highly accessible form, I hope turners and enthusiasts might take the opportunity to share these designs with others and their loved ones. The symmetry of the patterns drawn on paper to those turned on a box are made clear and the art form relatable to a broader audience. It is my hope this unique compilation will spark both inspiration and curiosity in equal measure.

– Here are some photos of the original machine drawings –

It was quite the challenge researching publishing platforms, papers weights, bindings, etc. Eventually I settled on self publishing and worked with Evolution Press for the covers & Abracadabra printers in Seattle. There were many proofs and edits along the way – such as ordering and pairing the patterns and picking out the binding.

 

Now that all is said and done, I’m really happy with the results!

The front and back covers are letterpress. The front features a pattern from the book in copper – imitating the optical properties of guilloche work. The back displays a letterpress of the MADE lathe technical drawing. The binding is copper wire, allowing the book to lay flat as you color. The 72 unique patterns are printed on 180lb uncoated white paper – so your coloring utensils won’t bleed through and colors stay true. The book is limited to 300 copies and was handmade here in Seattle, Washington! Keeping it local!

For the technically interested, I’ve put together a book of receipts. This lists the steps for how to generate each pattern in the book on the MADE lathe or similar patterns on any rose engine.

And because I’m so excited about this project and wanted to offer something super special, I compiled a limited special edition of the book – hand signed by the authors + the MADE lathe team. It includes the book of receipts, a hand dyed copper, cotton tote bag, a set of colored pencils, and an engine turned bookmark – all hand made at the Memoria Technica Workshop. They are hand numbered & limited to 24 copies.

If you’d like to snag one – they’re available here!

You can see photos of the finished version below along with some photos of the special edition perks – like an engine turned bookmark I made.

 

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!