Cepheid: a kinetic sculpture

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Project by Derek Hugger posted 06-10-2017 06:05 PM 1933 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cepheid is a wooden kinetic sculpture named after pulsating stars. Its curvy, ray-like forms slice and meld into each other as they spin and rock in a seemingly random motion. As Cepheid is set into motion by its spring and magnetic escapement mechanism, it creates a unique visual display of dancing shapes and mesmerizing patterns.

The sculpture is spring powered and uses a magnetic ratcheting escapement, which allow the it to get a “kick” from the spring at any orientation. On a full wind, this piece will run for about 1.5 hours.

A video of Cepheid in motion can be seen here:

Detailed woodworking plans to make your own are available on my website:

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 09:44 PM

This is a fantastic new sculpture! First thought: totally useless and so much fun to watch! Ha, so it’s not useless for sure!
I am a big fan of all your kinetic sculpture. No customer until now, but I bookmarked your website…

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 11:54 PM

Love it!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 09:53 AM

Nice project, no question. I have been looking to make “stuff” like this.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 11:28 AM

Very cool Derek! I’m still saving up to buy Colibri!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 12:14 PM

This is a very nice piece and a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 12:17 PM

Very impressive work. It’s mesmerizing in motion.

-- Ron Stewart

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#8 posted 06-11-2017 05:16 PM

As with your other works, this is lovely. Definitely on my wish list to build someday, will keep an eye on your site and plans. The reversing motion is intriguing.

-- -- Tyson

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 05:36 AM

Realy incredible shapes!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-20-2017 01:48 PM

Impressive and a joy to watch. Your wood art is great. Do any of these do perpetual motion? Continue on until you stop them? Thanks for sharing all these great pieces.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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