James Borden

Sibley, IA

2017 Excellence in Wood

Form and function work together in hand-made kinetic sculptures that tell time with wood-- all wood: gears, shafts, escapements, pulleys and pendulums. There are no batteries, motors or electronic components. Called Timeshapes, these clocks are uniquely designed and created by the artist. Many parts are hand-turned, while the irregular shapes and long, curved shafts are carved out of thick slabs of wood with band saws, sanders and drills. An indexing devise, also designed and built by the artist, is used for cutting the teeth on the gears and pinions. Timeshapes can be two feet to over 20 feet tall and are powered by a weight or spring that is wound by hand. Each clock is a collection of shapes that make one shape, one action, one creature. With their graceful forms, majestic motion, and gentle clicking sounds, Timeshapes picture the passage of time in a captivating and dramatic yet soothing way-- friendly and whimsical.
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