Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bent Lamination, continued

So, here are a couple of pictures of work by students in my Woodworking For Sculpture class from ten years ago. The first piece is a life-sized wooden "corset" made of laminated plywood. We had to make a different form for each different contour you see here-- the shoulders, chest, waist, and hips. The other piece is an example of just thin strips of wood stapled together to form an organic abstract sculpture-- no glue, no real "lamination". This piece was also inspired by the Martin Puryear woven cedar piece I showed in class.

Elizabeth Bowles, 1998

Rhonda Lewis, circa 1998

A trick to do bent laminations with just drywall screws instead of clamps. Looks a bit time-consuming compared to clamping. Please open and print out the PDFs I emailed to the class about bent lamination.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Things to remember

1) Dana hates redwood, it dents too easily. She recommends you don't use it.

2) Purple heart doesn't absorb glue quickly. I think the reason Adon's joint opened back up was that there was too much pressure on the other clamp below when he took the top clamp off. Looks like it worked out with a few more hours of clamping pressure.

3) Remember we have a new trick for sharpening cabinet scrapers. After you file, burnish the burr vertically, Then horizontally, for a better result.

4) The jointer knives have a lot of nicks in them. You may want to move the fence around to find a spot with no nicks.

5) My random orbit sander is in the tool room for you all to check out.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Gay Outlaw lecture April 22

Pencil Balls, 1996

Three-Legged Intersection, 2006

Sculpture students and enthusiasts, please plan on attending the Gay Outlaw lecture on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 PM in the auditorium, 133. She is the artist I had Jo Farb Hernandez invite for my classes this semester. She currently has work up at the SJ ICA.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bent Lamination: Richard Deacon

Here are a few images of Richard Deacon's bent-lamination sculptures, and a link to an interview with Deacon.
Notice how a single molded unit is repeated many times to create the whole (particularly obvious on the last image, "After".

After, 1998

What could make me feel this way, 1993

Table (E), 1999