How to Make a Kinetic Sculpture


One of the reasons I get into this is just
machines themselves. Machines and how they work are amazing things. What I wanted to do was to make that into
something where I emphasize the motion and emphasize the patterns I was seeing in the
machine. And that’s what makes a good piece a challenge
and also a lot of fun is that there’s a whole lot of engineering, and there’s a
whole lot of design, and making it do what I want it to do. I’m David Roy. I make kinetic sculptures. They are basically wooden machines that go
on the wall. You wind them up, and then create patterns and sounds and motion. The first step is in my head, which I can’t
show you, but then very shortly thereafter, I just sit down, and I start sketching. Whoa. Then I want to go see how the pattern’s
going to go play out. I put multiples on the screen. I watch them, and we just get a feel
for it. Will it work? I’m not sure. So you work on it a while. You get frustrated,
and you try other things, and it can be months or even years because
it’ll be a little breakthrough here that took five minutes, another one here took five
minutes, but in cumulation… You spend a long time before it comes together
into a final piece. This lever now is pulling on that string, which is pulling on this wheel, which is pulling on this lever, which releases to the front lever, and now it’s going to reverse direction
and start the cycle again. Any questions? The restful thing that you get from watching
a campfire, where you’re watching the flames or watching a stream, that kind of feeling is what I’m looking
for. If it’s a successful piece, in my view,
you really have to sit and just have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or whatnot and
sit and watch it for a while. I spend many hours doing that.

53 comments

  • Deirdre Morris

    Wonderful!

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  • onthearth1

    amazingly beautiful… thank you

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  • Alejandro Acevedo

    wow..amaizing.. wich softwarw do you use? your work is awesome.. congrats.

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  • pablo vargas

    maravilloso !!! quiero aprender y trabajar en esto.

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  • Prakash N

    wow , super

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  • Raymond Ashby

    Thanks. That was really helpful. I learned a lot.

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  • Victor Cotto

    what computer program do you use to create these

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  • Azam Mohammed

    Amazing work!!!! Btw…What software does he use to make the digital simulations on his laptop?

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  • André Corrêa

    Sensacional!! Parabéns!!!

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  • Castor Zwilling

    Great! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Mahmoud Shehata

    If he opens up a class to teach, I'll sure sign up for it!

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  • Avion Orr

    Amazing

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  • Krokussify

    does he sell these?

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  • Art Crazy

    David:

    Great work. Have you done any sculptures suitable for our Sculpture Grounds. [email protected]

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  • Hutch5321

    Awesome!
    Looks like he's using cabinet-grade plywood.

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  • Romelia Polly

    Great to see that woodprix has new instructions to save my money and energy to build it.

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  • Valdir Siebert

    lindo .genial…….

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  • meilcowski

    Amazing! What software do you use for modeling and animation? Thank you for your time!

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  • Jazz on Ancient Instruments

    Currently own David's wonderful piece called solo. Truly a work of art and quite a joy to watch it in motion. It's truly art in motion.

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  • S M

    Very impressive

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  • Tim Early

    He tells what programs he uses at:
    http://www.woodthatworks.com/kinetic-sculptures/jamboree.html

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  • Rick Bull

    Could you tell me what software you use for the design please?

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  • pietro aligi Schiavi

    Maestro!!!! You are a Genius, I love your Job, ART!!!

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  • Conner Monier

    I'm sure the best instruction is on WoodPrix website.

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  • Emer Henry

    Mr. Roy, I love your work. That is absolutely amazing artwork there. You're awe-inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • Danny C

    impressive

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  • The Watcher

    great artist, but thumbs down for misleading title

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  • Wendy Kaysing

    Love the fact it winds up…love the winding sound…very pretty…love to have one on my wall!

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  • Monica Eggleton

    How wonderful! Love to see and touch things made from various pieces/types of wood. Any possibility that you sell these wonders? Or do you sell your patterns?

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  • JohnGDDR5

    LASER CUTTING FTW!!

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  • Kari Sinkko

    You should look at Orokin sculptures, some of those are hypnotising and mathematically fascinating.

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  • ESS IMD

    beautifull, what is the name of the software he use?

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  • education hub

    nice

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  • Inventar em Portugal

    It is beautiful!

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  • Shannon Amend

    Hi. If you want to build it yourself just google for 'woodprix' . I know you'll find good solutions for your idea.

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  • deadzombiehead

    I spent so many hours watching this

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  • fm1224

    Genius…u can't teach this..this is a innate gift from God…1 in a hundred million if that!

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  • Vipul Neema

    nice thing how to buy it…

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  • Seander

    Ty

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  • johnny llooddte

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  • Catherine Kirk

    that is beatiful

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  • Sara Suen

    so inspiring!!

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  • Breakz HD Inbox

    WOW this is just so incredible! How does he contain the energy?!

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  • Suharita Allu

    we need people like him change the world as we know it,just imagine one piece in every home makes kids much more interested in physics.

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  • ARTEMISIA On a Quest

    David Roy…One of a kind Genius….Loving ur work 💘💘💘🙏

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  • Daniel Zheng

    Also I found out that kinetic energy expands when the hoberman sphere is bounced or rolled. Quite a interesting way to understand how energy is travelled.

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  • Gianni Stefano Gonzalez Cierro

    Does someone know what software he is using?

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  • Kyaw Hlaing

    Great Great Great

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  • Borys Fomichev

    I made it by myself thanks to woodprix plans. I think it's the best way to learn how to build.

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  • Dennis Harold

    I made it with woodprix handbooks !

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  • Bharati Vidhate

    Amazing .I would like to learn

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  • TakTik Tutorial

    Waow amazing 👍👍👍👍 good job 👍👏😊😊😊 support back ok 🌷

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  • kong wang

    Anyone know where I could buy it for my coffee shop ?

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