On Teh Road has begun a new life, finding a temporary home with a friend who has yet to read the book. I’ll find out from him if the medium is conducive to reading the prose, and if the wire hanger and string hold up over time. Hopefully it is as close to the original author’s intent of how he wanted this story told. And hopefully it is a fun way to read On The Road.
Back on April 1st I wrote about my efforts to transcribe the book On The Road, specifically the 2007 version of the unedited first draft, all 125,00 words of it on to a 50 yard roll of trace paper via an electric typewriter. The typewriter is falling apart, but the scroll is finished.
more to come…
Two years ago I had the privilege of working with my father on a project to build a table on his deck. I used both the Pentagon Memorial and the High Line as inspiration and designed a picnic table using dimensional lumber oriented to match the deck. The staggering of pieces allows for easier circulation around the table.
Continuing from yesterday, the stool was fabricated in a mad dash after hours during the last week of school last spring. We had access to a CNC milling machine at a local fabrication shop and hired the help of a fabricator. My favorite memory involved catching a bus from the fabrication shop at midnight with a contractor bag full of pieces of plywood, looking like a sinister Santa Clause delivering pieces of stool. Special thanks to Alyssa Olsen, the engine which drives Co-Lab, Alex Holstein, who came to help out after a full day of work at the office, and Peter Martinez and Jonathan Dessi-Olive for assembling the furniture.
I mentioned the student group Co-Lab a few months ago. They are a student group focused on designing and building small scale installations in and around PennDesign and Meyerson Hall. This time last year, in preparation for the 2013 Year End Show, I had the opportunity to design and build a stool to use at the Counter-Intuitive installation in the Meyerson lobby.
They honeycomb structure informed the base of the stool, and the seat was modeled after the counter top, made from thin pieces of plywood stacked on end.
This structure does not account for any racking or lateral forces, making for a very unstable stool. Subsequent iterations tried to skew the horizontal elements of the base in order to control those lateral forces.
Given material constraints, all the pieces were to be milled by a CNC machine from one 4′ by 8′ piece of plywood. For this reason the support elements were designed to nest within one another and save space.