Week 2: Multiples of Five

Make multiples of something, 5 or more.  The objects must be a multi-process piece. 

A sculpture on display inside NYU's StudentLink Center on Lafayette Street caught my eye the other day. Upon closer inspection Urban Tangle by Terreform One consisted of multiple identical pieces notched together in differing directions, a modular piece with seemingly infinite compositions. For this assignment, I set out to make five identical pieces that might interlock into a variety of singular forms.

Other goals for this work included getting to know my way around the shop and using several of the tools introduced and demonstrated in class, specifically the drills, the doweling jig, the electric sander, and the band saw. 

Materials & Tools
3/16" Poplar Wood Dowel Rod
11/16" x 11/16" Wood Molding (a soft wood but exact type unknown)
Band Saw
Sandpaper (I use 100 grit )
Hand Sander
Electric Sander
Rubber Bands (or clamping device)
Doweling Jig
3/16" drill bit
Pointed Screw (or spring loaded center punch)


I love that each of my five pieces is composed of five pieces and that each piece may be reconfigured into a new shape before it joins the larger composition. For this project I performed each step on all parts instead of building each piece separately all the way through. Each step relied on a different tool, some of which were completely new to me, and I enjoyed getting into the rhythm of using each. I noticed that the quality and widths of the material varied--something to keep in mind in the future if I work again with natural materials. Thank you, Alexandra, for your helpful advice mid-process! In hindsight, I should have built a jig for the round of hand drilling. This was the most challenging and the most critical in terms of ensuring accuracy during the final assembly. It wasn't until after I completed this step by hand that I developed the appreciation for precision required.