This is just a simple 6' picnic table that I made for our next door neighbors. They are from Russia and were exiled from Russia when the Soviet Union broke up. The 1st President Bush took many refugees to the US. I can't say enough about how nice our new neighbors are the best neighbors anyone could ask for. It feels good to be able to help them get on their feet. I found some discounted PT lumber at HD's and a 10 ft umbrella on our neighborhood site and got this done for them.This build took just over a days work in the shop and only cost $61.66 for all the wood and hardware including the umbrella. They were very thankful! Funny how that 10' umbrella makes the table look small.Oh.. the table was too heavy to carry so I attached some wheels to it and we rolled it over to their patio. Now they can enjoy the day in the shade! Thanks for looking in!
These are my newest pieces of kinetic art. Although I typically make some pretty complex pieces, I decided to go the opposite route with these and make them super simple. Each “Gyre” uses a spinning wheel to create an interesting visual effect. Part of the wheel looks like its moving outward, and part of it looks like it's moving inward. There are no springs, weights, escapements, or complex mechanisms – just a simple pattern and a couple bearings. The Gyres come in three flavors: a nautilus, a snail, and a turtle.Here's a video to see them in action: https://youtu.be/10ThtLQUs10If you'd like to build one for yourself, plans are available on my website: www.derekhugger.comI hope you like them!-Derek