New Work


Jan 10, 2014

Titanium Frames

Also been working on some titanium frames . . . another one of my "loves". . . so thought I would post some pics of those as well . . . some have been built up and others still in the works . . .  the mountain bike with the big fat tires was raced by Steve in the Tuscobia 150 mile race in Wisconsin the other weekend . . . though the bikers had to contend with some snow mobiles.

The frame with no seat is a titanium competition oriented frame geometry with 24" tires
The frame in the Jig is the new FAT bike I'm designing with all bent tubing . .. all frames are Titanium and tig welded U.S.A. made titanium tubing
Currently in the design and testing phase of a titanium seatpost, utilizing Enve Saddle Clamp- though I have an alternative design by Hope Tech that I might incorporate ?-- which has a nice machined finish

24" Titanium Trials Bike

Current Titanium Fat Bike frame in Anvil Jig-- not tacked together yet

below frame built up in Raceday Trim for the Tuscobia 150 mile endurance as raced by Steve McGuire!

this was the above frame completed before it got "dirty"

my Titanium 650b Frame-- closely modeled after a Black Sheep design- I was wanting to practice fabrication with some bent tubing-- and loved the sensuality and strength of the lines  . .after designing my first titanium frame with all straight tubing (for rigidity) on the trials frame below . . .I will be personalizing my own variation on this design with the new fat bike frame currently "in the works" as I have no intention of copying someone elses work-- but this was more for the sake of education and "practice" and the challenge of looking at a picture and seeing how close I could get it : )

Closeup of the very "tricky" yoke that I designed for my trials Bike-- notice the Titanium anodized Crank arm bolts-- crank arm is the new Echo models with "speed hole" machining lines

“A Little Bit of Both”

This piece is constructed of titanium sheet and tubing that I fabricated and Tig welded by hand.  Differing colors are the result of heat anodization by direct and varied flame impingement. Night time illumination is by solar powered LED’s. 

I find beauty in imperfection, and value the abstract qualities I see in nature.  This piece is the first, in a new series of work-- an intersection between art and technology.  I wanted to create a work with visual movement and personality with a sense of “play”. 

Turns out I under estimated the winter storm that followed and had to reconfigure the sculpture- everything was mostly intact with the exception of it "buckling" at the bottom as I didn't reinforce the base hoop enough-- I had designed the sculpture to flex and sway- cantilevered out over the base ... just needed a little thicker material for that bottom piece .  . . lesson learned : )
this is the "brains" of the operation with custom circuit board made by Andrew Jennings utilized Sunsaver and 2 batteries- this activates the lighting by sensing the energy output of the solar panel to "sense" whether its dark outside

shortly after setup outside the Catholic Federal Credit Union in Saginaw, Michigan

Blurry picture of sculpture at night

reconfigured after collapse in winter storm-- will have to beef up the base "hoop" with some thicker wall material next time-- won't happen twice!

Bowl Made of Jingdezhen Porcelain with Holmium Glaze-- changes colors with different lighting!!  Very coooooool stuff-

Salt Fired cup 

Current Fat Bike frame in progress

Salt- fired Platter

Woodfired Platter

Platter with Concrete Sealant-- has that wet clay Sheen : )

Woodfire Platter

This was the first Platter that I have thought "acceptable" in bisque form-- also put a little sheen on this with some concrete sealer-- made the color "pop" some more as well : )

woodfire platter from last year

woodfire platter from last year

solid Clay sculpture "on a roll"

Jingdezhen sculpture cone 6 oxidation 

opening in firebox of small anagama

Cone 6 glaze with aluminum lid that I machined on the C.N.C. Mill and handle turned on lathe lid is anodized aluminum

anodized aluminum lid on bowl (rice?)

woodfired platter from last year- natural ash glaze

Playing around with some clay in the studio- stacked piece is 40"

Really liked this juicy salt fired bottle- was testing a "found" claybody-- that cracked to bits-- also had some crazy cold weather gusts-- which might have had something to do with it- because of location in the kiln?

crude handle-- but I like the personality of the cup for some reason

very small cup I made in Jindezhen China

Salt Fired Tablet with Mason and other stains- accented with Shino Glaze- Cone 9 Porcelain with styrofoam inclusion

This was a couple of the pieces used in the titanium sculputure in the Art and Sol Piece-- shows a little of the color from the heat anodization-- somehow formatting ended up at the bottom of the page-- whoops . . .I think I need to get going on building up a more organized web page : ) ... coming soon