Large and small scale sculpture.
"As I get older it's just more about having fun with metal. Need I say more?"
These sculptures come out of an appreciation and a fondness for that period of time between the late 1800's and the eventual widespread use of hydraulics when agriculture and industry depended on the wheel in all its manifestations. Pulleys, gears, sprockets, implement wheels that ran all manner of contraptions to sift, turn, mow and harvest crops, plane and mill boards, crush rock and even print the local newspaper or weave fine linens. Designs proliferated out of necessity and propriety. Many are cast iron, some are steel. I search for what I would like to see preserved as visual specimens and historical remembrances; gather them up, sort and arrange. I add where I think necessary, but the focus in these sculptures are the wheels.
Copper, pewter and bronze. Some are boxes.
The moon-man face came about because I gave myself the assignment to make a face that I could reproduce. He was carved in brass, IN REVERSE, using jewelers burrs for grinding and tiny gravers for digging small slivers out of the metal. Long process, enjoyed it, probably won't do it again! The brass face works like a die that I can press into soft metal with a hydraulic press and repeat. Moon-man also shows up every once in a while in my wall pieces.