Exocubic Studio

Shot of the previous “Transfigure" piece, just finished, pre-powder coat.

(Lookit them colors!)

Pulling the warpage out of the grill and adding some ribs to prevent it in the future. This ridiculous "fixture" was the straw that broke my bank account: ordered a new Siegmund workstation from @tricktools to end this foolishness. So excite!

Revamped brackets; trying to solve some issues.

Made some 30/60/90 3D triangles for clamping corners. I work with #stainless 99% of the time, so magnetic corner guides are a no-go.

Plotting how to put these Speedsquares from @genuine_metalworks to use (diabolical laughter). Thanks, Eric!

Chimenea progress: got the grill added and the eyebrow welded on. The grill has a 3/8" threaded rod underneath to help support your firewood.

Pretty excited about how this thing is coming together.

#welding #fabrication #functionalart #sculpture #chimenea

More progress on the chimenea.

Arachnophobia, ahoy. All six feets attached.

 #sculpture #fabrication #functionalart #stainlesssteel #chimenea

Put in some time on the chimenea over the weekend. One of six feets. Foots.

Getting started on the CinderCone chimenea prototype. Big thanks to @hunterseverous and @motobilt_inc for the sweet #fiberlaser cutting.

Added some casters and levelers to my trusty old work table. Still love melting metal things together.

Oh, it's not all glamour shots and fancy videos 'round here. Welded up a cover for a pit culvert that some numbskull swiped. 

#metalwork #welding #dontfallinthehole


Backpedal: Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.

  • intransitive verb To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.

  • intransitive verb To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude.

 Well, that didn’t work out.

I’m referring to my previous post, wherein I formally “end” my career as a sculptor. I gave it a year, and it was crystal clear that my new endeavors were not going to pan out financially. I was scrambling to figure out what to do and why, when that stupid little notification sound emerged from my phone. It was a text from a client I’d worked with back in 2015, designing and fabricating a privacy screen for his house here in Fort Collins.

Fawzy privacy screen

Turns out, he has a need for another screen at his new place in Denver. When opportunity knocks, you answer – sore shoulder notwithstanding. I felt somewhat defeated at first, but, as I started digging into a new design, I realized just how much I missed the process of building artful things—actual, physical objects made to fill space and look cool doing it. There is something deeply satisfying about working out how to reach an artistic goal while also striving to make it fulfill a clear purpose. Speaking of purpose, it seems I’ve relocated mine. Exocubic Studio is back, baby!


Interwoven is finished!

Interwoven finished in the shop

After five long months of work through the winter, Interwoven is finally done. Very happy little metal monkey over here. So pleased, in fact, that I composed a wee poem for the occasion:

Unseen fabric
Warp of Time
Weft of Space
The tapestry of connection
Between me and everything
Node to node
Emergent consciousness
And Synecdoche
Hydrogen becoming
A Universe evolving
with which to see

Below are more views of the final steps in the assembly.

Interwoven last parts

Interwoven adding the base

Interwoven from above

Interwoven morning light

Interwoven is still being woven.

I've been slowed down with the cold and a nice dose of the flu, but I am still plugging away on Interwoven.

Interwoven - adding the 10th module

Working on the tenth module.

Weaving Interwoven: Still Going!

I’m still — slowly — making progress on the Interwoven piece.


The modules are beginning to weave together.


Interwoven - base cuts

The cutouts where the main body meets the base.

The weaving of Interwoven has begun. 

#publicart #sculpture #fabrication #stainless

Weaving Interwoven: Progress report.

Still working on Interwoven and making good, albeit slow, progress. We had a nice cold snap where the temps dropped down near 0°. Makes the interior of my nice all-concrete shop feel like a meat locker, only colder.

Interwoven five

Flipping it over for easier access.

Interwoven clampy

Clamping and using Clecos (temporary rivets) to hold things in place.

Interwoven clecosdof

Pulling the seam together. Nice Depth of Field!

Interwoven six

That’s a LOT of rivets.

Weaving Interwoven: Warp and Weft. Woof.

More progress on the assembly. Starting to feel like this just might work!

Interwoven 2 modules

Interwoven overview

Interwoven seam with rivets

Interwoven 3 modules together

Interwoven 4

Interwoven 4 upright

Interwoven drama b and w

Weaving Interwoven: The Beginning.

Now that I've bent some tabs, the actual assembly can start. First steps are to figure out which part goes where; I've employed a letter-plus-number system cut right into the metal to try to simplify this process. Seems to be working OK, but ascertaining "front" and "back" on a form without them is somewhat problematic.  It's just a matter of playing "who's your neighbor" and keeping track of those relationships. I divided the form up into 13 "modules" consisting of the sheetmetal surrounding each hole. Beyond planning, the actual assembly is aided by the use of these little doodads called "Clecos," which are spring-loaded temporary rivets that hold things in position until actual rivets can be added. Pneumatic riveter for the win. (I "love" "using" "quotes," apparently.)

Printouts on the fab table

Laying it all out. Using printouts from my 3D model, I’m trying to figure out who goes where.


Rivets and glove

Rivets. Lots of rivets. Over 1500.


Clecos and clamp

Clecos. Clecos are temporary rivets that hold things in place until you can use a real one.


First section underway

First. The first half-module is done. This just might work.



More Clecos. This is looking pretty cool.


One and a half sections done

One and a half. Look at that caveman go.