Exploring Kinetic Art....

We have been keeping a blog since 2008. It is a chronological listing of many topics related to Wood that Works. You will find information about sculptures, inspirations, other artists, day to day life in the shop. The topics are many and fascinating.  If you are an avid follower of David's work we encourage you to subscribe to this blog to receive the regular updates.


Kinetic Rain • Changi Airport Singapore

I am fairly sure that I would stop and stare - for a very long time!

"Kinetic Rain" Changi Airport Singapore from ART+COM on Vimeo.

I'll have to leave time if I ever travel through this airport!


Brett Dickins • New Work

Brett is a kinetic sculptor working from the otherside of the world in Australia. But thanks to the wonders of the digital world those of us interested in odd things (like kintectic sculpture) get to stay connected and share work. Brett recently emailed me about a new piece he has just finished with a YouTubelink. 

Brett writes the following about this piece: "The video shows my mechanical butterfly sculpture titled "Butterfly Effect." The sculpture features a mechanical butterfly made of wood and aluminum, with small turning gears on its body. It takes a different flight path on each rotation of the main gear, taking millions of revolutions to follow the same flight path again."



Kinetic Sculpture Availability • Last Call!


Frolic • Nearing Edition End

I build my sculptures in limited editions. I only make a predefined number of a sculpture and then no more. Folks have requested an announcement when a favorite is running out. This posts is to give you some warning on some ending designs.

Frolic has been a favorite and I am nearing the edition end. I will be making the last group of five in September of this year. Four are still available so if you have been waiting and saving for Frolic, now is the time to make your move. Soon, they will be all gone. Folic is $1995.00. Order here.



Labyrinth • Studio Master Available

I am ending the production of Labyrinth. It is time to move onto to a new patterning piece and there aren't enough months in the year to make everything! I still have the studio sculpture available for sale. This piece is one of the edition that I have displayed in the studio and used as my guide as I create additional edition pieces. This is the last Labyrinth. The price is $2095.00. Order here.



Evolution is Evolving

I thought I was done with Evolution but then I had a brainstorm for new type of mechanism that was perfect for it.  I experimented on my Evolution and I really liked how it moved. The motion now spends more time in the slow phase so the patterns are more fluid. As a bonus the run time has increased from 3.5 to 5.5 hours.  

I decided to make the remainder of the Evolution edition with the modified mechanism. So it has been returned to the line. There is no place for it in the schedule right now so it would be mid-late fall if that is your favorite piece! Evolution is $1595.00.  Order here.


Packing Peanuts? In Kinetic Sculpture?

Packing peants and windows... 


Add fans and look what happens......

Zimoun : 36 ventilators, 4.7m3 packing chips, 2014 from STUDIO ZIMOUN on Vimeo.


What a fascinating, simple and entertaining installation by Swiss Artist, Zimoun.  This is on display in the windows on the Museo d'Arte di Lugano located in Switzerland.


via Colasssal 


Another Organic Escapement by Dolf Perenti

I have shared the work of Dolf Perenti before. Here is another sculptural escapement mechanism created by him.

He describes it as:

"Another escapement with a wooden linkage. A normal pendulum would obstruct the view of the escapement so I had to do some bending and curving of some parts ;). Adjustable, sliding counterweight of pendulum at the backside compensates for forward tilting of the pendulum. Pendulum itself is adjustable for tuning the escapement (rotating of the pointform), Semicircular attachment on pendulum is adjustable for finetuning the escapement. A little weight pulls on a pulley behind the ecsapewheel."


Very organic.  See more of his work at his YouTube page here.