Sunday, December 28, 2008

Analog Hand

I just made this for my sister, Erin.

Cedar fence posts seem to be a favorite material of mine. You can find some interesting grain and it's cheap as hell. Now that I have a working Craftsmen belt sander, I'm able to smooth them out quite quickly. I've gotten tons of use out of this sander in the past 2 weeks.

Roughing out the fingers on a band saw is easy. I get everything about the size I want and start shaping things over on the sander. (It's on a stand.) I can get all the detail you see here with the belt sander. In the future, I'll try working with a Dremel, but I'm not really looking to make this perfect. It fits more with the story in my head, to keep this as imperfect.

Oddly, I didn't explain this story to anyone who saw the hand in person. While constructing this piece, I had quickly imagined a person in the future needing a bionic hand. Not having the money nor resources, they were outfitted with this second-rate hand constructed of old electronics and discarded wood. At first glance many think the hand is decorated with beads. These are actually old analog electronic resistors.


Eli said...

I love love the details. What a great present! <3

Dan said...

Oddly, I didn't explain this story to anyone who saw the hand in person first hand.

Get it? First hand seeing the...oh crap. Never mind. Yeah, didn't get the back story but it's very cool none the less. Nice work bro.

Anonymous said...

Great back story- and great piece. I'll bet Erin loved it.

Anonymous said...

What a great back story. What an awesome gift. Can wait to see what other things you make.

Eli said...

Yes, I did love it (this is Erin)!

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