Big Bats

October 20th, 2014

My friend Matt Epler asked me to show him how to make baseball bats for a fun project of his. Big Bats is a search through historical data (1903-2013) for performances by players who seemed like they were literally playing with a larger bat than everyone else.

Great job Matt. And the Mike Shmidt bat is hysterical.

Refurbished Cherry Lamp

October 17th, 2014

Refurbished Cherry Lamp

I just refinished an old cherry lamp I made my friend Corban a while back. The wax finish really deteriorated, but it came right back with a little TLC. What really surprised me was the light and dark parts of the grain changed dramatically over the years.

Cherry Lamp 2

The lamp 7 years ago.

Robot Skeleton

October 13th, 2014

Robot Skeleton and Box

The kid wanted a robot skeleton, so the kid got a Robot Skeleton. Happy birthday buddy and happy early Halloween.

Robot Skeleton in Box

NYC Park Lamp

October 6th, 2014

NYC Park Lamp

My latest lamp.

The wood comes from Highbridge Park that came down during the Sandy storm a while back. I believe it is some sort of birch.

NYC Park Lamp

Robot Recipes at the DUMBO Art Festival 2014

September 29th, 2014

DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

It’s all kind of a blur, but the DUMBO Arts Festival went great. Thanks to everybody who came out to see the Bots.

DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

Office Hours

September 29th, 2014

The ITP Residents put on a great show at the DUMBO Arts Festival, if I do say so myself. Really proud of and impressed by my friends/colleagues.

They’re Multiplying

September 20th, 2014

White Rabbits

A bunch of the Robots will be on display at the DUMBO Arts Festival next week.

I’ll be showing along with the other ITP Residents, we’re calling it Office Hours.

111 Front Street, Suite 216, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday, Sept. 26 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 27 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 28 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Number Bots - complete and not so much

Duality: The Connected Change Dish

September 9th, 2014

Matt Richardson and I worked together on a project called Duality for Intel and Mashable. Mashable paired creators, equipped them with Intel-powered devices and gave them 16 days to build something special. We created an internet-connected change dish.

The dish can alert users with a subtle signal that you can program with a reminder for when you’re on the way out the door or just coming home.

Walnut Alert Dish

It was a quick deadline, but a great project to work on. Thanks Matt, Lauren, Tony, and the rest of the film crew.

Raw Parts for Dish

For more info, click here. If you share it out, please do so with the hashtag #Duality.

The Return Button

July 17th, 2014

Awhile back I made some props for No Strings, a group who weave urgent messages into puppet films and puppet play. No Strings works with some of the masters of the original Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock, reaching children in conflicts, disasters and poverty around the world.

Finally Done

One of the props was the Return Button that featured prominently in “Will This Be Your Life?”. It was a fun project for a great cause.

Things are fine in Daisy Johnson’s life, but growing up offers so many temptations. When walking home from school with her friend Frances and little brother Daniel, who she’s charged with looking after, she is flattered when Clifford, a guy on a motorbike, wants to talk to her. Ritah and Tanya are smoking cigarettes, watching. They’re the cool girls, slightly older. Daisy wants to be like them. When Kibing appears and offers her the amazing opportunity to choose between two futures, represented by Clifford and Frances and Daniel, she doesn’t hesitate. Luckily, she’s given a magical Return Button: at any point she can press it and return to the present with no harm done. It’s a good thing. At first, things seem great. Daisy grows up fast, smoking, drinking, hanging out in bars, and doing things better left until later in life. Then she gets pregnant. Worse, she has lost the Return Button! Much, much worse, she finds she is HIV positive, even though Clifford seemed so healthy. With only Clifford to turn to, she arrives to find him disgusted, flinging her old school bag outside. The Return Button! Daisy rushes back to the present, and to Frances and Daniel. She tells all her friends her story, and how she had a Return Button – but they wouldn’t.

Needs paint

Button Mechanism

Guess I’ve always been making magic buttons. Also, you haven’t lived until you get chewed out by a Muppet.

Robot Chest Plates (and Bottom Plates)

July 2nd, 2014

Chest Plate Powder Coated

Lately, I’ve been making a lot of robot chest plates and bottom plates. I’ve been experimenting with modifying steel electrical plates, technically called universal crossbars. Machining, bending, and modifying them. Typically, I get mine from Grand Brass (and this one).

So far, I like the results.

Bending Robot Chest Plates

Chest Plate Build

Chest Plate Build

Flan Bot Bottom Plate

Flan Bot Bottom Plate

Blue Bot

Bottom Plate Assembly