Friday, February 22, 2019

School Vacation...

This has been a good week. As a teacher, like most jobs, there can be many things to complain about, but I almost never complain about my schedule. This week has been February break, my goal was to get the G.E. light meter bots done and I am just about there. I only have 2 left to wrap up. I am very happy with how they came out. I should be listing some on Etsy soon. I will post here, with a link, once the listing is live. For now though; behold the mighty army.




Sunday, February 10, 2019

GE Light Meter Bots

I am cranking along on the GE light meter bots. I have 6 with heads, waiting for arms and the bases. There are 3 more waiting in the wings for me to get going on. My plan right now is to have all 9 done by the end of February break, which starts on the 15th. Once I am finished I am going to reboot my Etsy site and then list a few of them and see what happens. I love these meters, they really integrate well into my aesthetic. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Awesome New Part

Sometimes while roaming around on E bay looking at parts I run across something that is impossible to ignore. That happened last week. I came across 4 old Westinghouse Microwave emitter tubes. They look to be surplus U.S. Navy parts from about the late 40's to late 50's (A prime time for robot parts).
They were a good deal (11.50 ea) so I ordered them right away. When they got here they looked even better than expected. I am not sure what they will end up in, half the fun of doing this is figuring it ll out, but I am positive they are heads.


Screams Robot Head to Me!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Third Place in the Analog/Digital show!

Fortune smiled on me on Friday when Angus was chosen for the third place award at the opening to the Analog/Digital Art Show at the Beacon Gallery. The opening was really fun and there was a fantastic selection of art. Christine O'Donnell, the gallery owner, did a great job setting the show up and could not be a better host, she really has a great eye for art and design. I love the way people respond to the robots. Its fun to watch someone notice them and then smile or laugh. The feedback I got was all very positive, but to have the event capped off by the third place award was particularly cool.

       
                           Angus and FDR                                    ME with the display

Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Series is Born

I like creating series. One off robots are cool, but there is something about a series that I really enjoy and today I just finished 2 in what will be my newest line. They use old analog light meters as the body. I came across these meters a few months ago while rummaging around on Ebay. I didn't really do much with them robot wise, but did make some old school ray guns. After all ray-guns are cool
Fast forward to last month when I used one of the light meters in a robot I made as a gift for my buddy Lisa's daughter (she is a photographer ). I loved the way it came out so this week I grabbed the other two and went to work. This is what I came up with.

       


I love the way these look. These are on swivel bases, an idea I got from my wife, and creative consultant, Lori. The GE light meter serves as a great base to work with, the size is nice, about 6 inches tall, and they have great personality. I already found a few more meters on Ebay and ordered them yesterday. These are fun to build and will make a great robot army!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2 New Additions

The last few weeks have been satisfyingly productive. I finished 2 robots that were partially complete. On the first one I was having issues with finishing the head. When I decided to give up what I had been planning the whole thing came together quickly. Hooray for being smart enough to know when to let go of an idea! Here is the finished product.

 

The second one I really like. The body is an old mechanical relay from the U.S. Navy. The head is from a projector bulb I pulled out of the trash at work. The arms are old dental drills. This one really works and is a little different than most of my others.

 

A resolution I am going to try and stick to is carving out more time in the Robotrium. Like any creative endeavor, the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Plus its always very rewarding. For now I am looking forward to the show I got into that begins in January. I decided to list both robots for sale, which is a big step given how attached I become to them, but its time to see if there is real interest, and a show in the South End is a great place to do that.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I'm in another Art Show!

I got the good news on Monday, 2 of my pieces made it into another show. The Beacon Gallery Is running the show Analog / Digital starting January 11th 2019. I entered 5 pieces and 2 were accepted. The gallery reported they had a large number of entries, so I consider myself fortunate to have made the cut. It's always very exciting and energizing to get this kind of recognition. These are the pieces that made it in:

FDR


Angus

I am leaning strongly towards listing both for sale. I love both, however Angus is one of  kind. The Gallery is in the South End, which is a fantastic location regarding exposure and traffic, so I may just go for it and see what happens.