And there’s a box to contain the works. It’s rough old wood from inside a wardrobe – looks OK until it gets a coat of gloss paint, then the roughness really shows up. I’m too impatient to embark on fancy paint jobs and I gave up trying to get the ultimate piano-like finish. You get […]
Arms made and a coat of red paint applied. This colour is as near as I can get to Indian Red, a pleasant earthy colour, not too garish like cadmium reds. Indian Yellow is a different matter; it used to be made by boiling down the urine of elephants that had been fed exclusively on […]
I’m making a double-size version of my very popular piece The Donor for Marvin’s Marvellous Mechanical Museum and I thought I’d show the process of making it in excruciating detail.
This piece emerged naturally from one called “A Green Hill Far Away”, in which a single wind turbine occupies a wooden hillock. I realise I’m messing with deeply-held views in making these pieces and I can see that a section of society might take offence at the seeming trivialisation of matters as enormous as the […]
Paul Spooner has been visiting the Tinkering Studio at the The Exploratorium, San Francisco this month. He took part in the OPEN:Make event on 21st April, and you can see him talking about his work on this webcast, along with other makers from the event, including mechanical artist Nemo Gould.