Crank-operated pieces

 

Some older pieces - but the first 5 are more recent.

The World is Your Oyster
The World is Your Oyster

2017 18" x 20" x 5" A commission from a woman for her husband's 60th birthday. Click the link below to see 12 more images.

Geocentric Model
Geocentric Model

2017 30" x 30" x 6" A commissioned piece. Click the link below to see 12 more images.

The Sea Monster
The Sea Monster

2017 24" x 16" x 8" A commission from a man in New England. Click the link below to see 12 more images.

Computation
Computation

2015 18" x 16" x 12" A commission from the company that does our taxes. Click the link below to see 12 more images.

Homage to Dumas
Homage to Dumas

2015 14" x 18" x 13" A commission from a woman who grew up loving the written works of Alexandre Dumas. Click the link below to see 12 more images.

Trixie and I
Trixie and I

2013 11" x 18" x 9" A piece commissioned by friends. That's me petting their dog Trixie.

Innocence Revisited
Innocence Revisited

2006 9" x 15 x 4" The working titled for this was "Rocket Ride." I carved out the inside of the rocket so I could fit in the mechanism and lead weight, which keeps the figure upright. Approximately 75 hours start to finish.

Fly Away Home
Fly Away Home

2006 13" x 18" x 7" Sort of the second version of "Take Wing".

Serenity
Serenity

2006 12" x 24" x 12" After I bought this beautiful antique European glass case, I decided I wanted to make this figure supported only by her ice skate, twirling away. Her skate blade is soldered to a metal rod that runs up inside her leg. She spins freely in either direction and has such a beautiful face.

Visionary II
Visionary II

2006 14" x 23" x 8" I'm trying to make the narrative of this new work less specific, to enable a looser interpretation. When the crank is turned, he yanks down on the strings that raise the "wings." Weights placed in his forearms enable him to actually "pull" down on the strings.

Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand

2005 18" x 21" x 5" What could be better than a couple dancing hand in hand in perfect sync? The painting in back is based on a Paint-by-Numbers painting we have hanging in our home. The mechanism that controls the seven strings turned out to be more complicated than I originally thought.

Take Wing
Take Wing

2005 14" x 22" x 5" This is the first piece completed in my new style. When you turn the handle she alternately raises and lowers her hands. The small wire cage was, at the same time, fun and challenging to make. Yes, all the clothes were sewn by me.