Archive for the ‘Radio EMIP’ Category

“The Devil knows how to row”

May 13, 2010

When I went mad by splinters and having only two arms and cold, Dad helped and was extremely good at my ideas, better than me but the same when it came to angles. Title by Coleridge – in honour of the brief but productive time spent on the Quantocks last weekend.

Pieces of pieces of wood. Didn’t know exactly what I’d be doing at this point. Making it vertical was a start. Had to build inside because the wood would warp (!) if exposed to heat etc. This was the 2d of lame.

Note. The tiles! Each diagonal stay is met flush to the side of the vertical legs, the next diagonal on each side is then butted at a right angle to the edge of the previous. Makes sense as regular ascension up the tower that can be matched and mirrored on each side, satisfying. Butterfly joints.

Took it outside, broke the rules. Is now solid. Will photograph properly when all the structured lattice work is complete. Note! All the colours of green.


How To Build Your Own Living Structures OR what I’ve been doing with my day

May 3, 2010

Making surfaces (above), thinking about universal joints (bottom), reading up about Ken Isaacs and his Living Structures

Above and below

“The modular design of the microhouse is based on stacked tetrahedrons, which can be moved in and around each other providing shelter and dividing living space in a creative way. (…) Isaacs covers the philosophical meanings of surplus and uses the designs as a means of addressing life as whole; a simple place (…) that has a low impact on the surrounding natural environment.” VIA

More on this later. NB. upgraded from cocktail sticks

Bilby Towers

May 3, 2010

The assembling of early triangulation towers relied on materials to hand, the terrain and the hardiness of the men involved. Jasper Bilby developed a pre-fab/mechano kit for effective construction-deconstruction. Three men, Leg Men would be resonsible for each corner of the tower, each level or horizontal stay would be within reach of the stay below so that building was a matter of level at a time with no additional scaffold to support. Everything was specific to it’s purpose, tools with multiple uses, a-boards for sitting and standing and could fit into many niche’ of the tower, and custom joints. A tower inside a tower.

Purpose built truck beds.

Not to scale – models of cocktail and BBQ stick sorts, homage to Bilby.

Quality is questionable, any available light.

The what is What, Radio EMIP

May 2, 2010

Now for something completely different. Structures and scaffolds, beacons (shudder) for speakings. My part for Radio EMIP, (boredom gardens) is to build the tower that the transmitter will proudly disturb local AM on.

Beginning with some reflex research. Topics covered: Fan Transmitters, early and effective, lines between two posts; Rigging, for ships and other Tall’s; construction by any means necessary; early triangulation and survey towers of North America; Leg Men; Jasper Bilby; meteorological surveying (mostly on ships with excellent rigging in the background); rockets; rocket towers; Geodesy – satellite triangulation, stations; large and bloody carcass’.; Tropiquaria, Watchet.

I hate that I’m too bloody tired to link all of these to their good sources. My lapse in respect for the archive ether has been noted and my conscience will be forfeit.