For the last 9 months or so, I’ve been really fortunate to be working full-time with Human Dynamo. This is a company, based in Miramar, Wellington.
In some ways, they are much like the well known Weta Workshops (many of the staff who work at HD have also worked with Weta, and they often seem to do similar things).
Human Dynamo make things, and so that’s what I’ve been doing with them too, for the last 8 months or so, full-time. Hence not making any updates on here.
Of course, with NDAs [Non Disclosure Agreements] I can’t tell you what I’ve been working on, nor can I tell you who it was for, nor can I share any pictures for a few years.
But I have been having a wonderful time, working with an incredible team of highly talented people, in some amazing workshops with all the toys (tools) I could want to work with. This includes CNC machines, laser cutters, lathes, milling machines, welding, 3D printers, spray painting, joinery, and so much fine sanding and fine filling in the fabrication and assembly workshops.
I know many of the things I’ve been working on will be seen in detail by people around the world, in the not too distant future.
It’s been an incredible experience to do this again, and I look forward to sharing more information, when I can.
In the meantime, if you check out the Human Dynamo website, you can get an idea of the types of things they’ve been involved with in the past.
I was fortunate this year to have my design for the Temple of Kiwiburn in early 2017 (the NZ verion of Burning Man).
This involved managing a crew of 11 volunteers, for two weeks, building the structure in the middle of a field, in preparation for the main festival event.
The 1,500 festival participants were then able to use the space to say their fairwells, writing on the walls, before the final ceremonial burning ceremony.
1,000 meters of NZ pine
144 meters of bamboo (24 lengths, at 6 meters)
150 recycled coffee sacks, for the roof
750 meters of manilla rope
500 meters of manilla string
150 meters of LED lights (totalling 4,500 LEDs)
In addition to the superb voluntary build team, often seen in the images below, I also want to say massive thanks to:
Paloma Gardens – For not only letting us take away for free, but also helping us carry and load around 60 lengths of structural bamboo, from their incredibly beautiful gardens, near Fordell, Whanganui.
Coffee Supreme – For letting us collect for free, over 150 coffee bags, from their Roastery in Wellington.
This was a custom media stand, to work with the DVD shelves.
The shelving was designed to hold all the media appliances contained in the final images, primarily built for my own collection at the time (including my flatmates’), and then the unit was subsequently sold with matching speaker stands.
This was also built in the small workshop I had at the time.
This was a really enjoyable project, designing and building a Super King Size Four Poster Bed (1.8meters wide, by 2 meters long), at just under 2.4 meters high (to fit within a standard ceiling height).
I primarily began making it for myself, but then later sold it to a very happy customer when I moved onto the boat.
The materials were exclusively NZ Radiata Pine ply (18mm thick), produced at a saw mill within NZ. Finished with NZ Linseed oil.
The whole design was screwless, utlising 40mm box joints on most of the 90 degree joints. And then 8mm dowels with wood glue was used everywhere else.
Sixteen marine grade (316) Stainless Steel bolts were used to complete the assembly, ensuring the whole bed could be packed down and transported in less than 20 minutes (the columns were designed to nestle inside each other when stacked together).
Matching letters were engraved into the respective internal faces of each joint, so no seperate instructions were needed, just ‘match the eight letters’. The only tool needed was a 13mm spanner, so no allen/hex keys to loose.
The bed also featured an optional Unistrut railing system (not shown in these pictures), allowing highly flexible attachment points for play, both under the outer edges of the bed base, up the inside corners of each post, and a fully movable rolling rail system enabling rated suspension points, that could be moved anywhere within the 3Dimensional space within the columns, above the mattress, and right to the top of the columns.