People have been asking us, pretty much non-stop, "What the hell have those Tillman morons been up to?" On most days we just shrug and wave vaguely off into the distance. But not today. Today, we discover, they've been hard at work on a radical breakthrough in human-canine understanding: a device that when placed underwater with a dog is able to record said dog's thoughts. As usual with all things Tillman, the results are troubling. The video evidence is after the jump.
Somehow, and don't ask us how, we managed to land a show at the Denver Art Museum and somehow (again, we're not sure) we pulled together a new body of work that we happen to really like. Sure, there's some strangeness in there and some bits that'll change before we launch the pieces as Products, but that's all good and to be expected. Mostly, we're just thrilled. The show opened last Friday, July 27 and it runs through September 2. We have to say, the whole process of dealing with the DAM staff, top to bottom, was nothing but smooth and easy and it's a great gift, sincerely, to be part of the show. We throw up a fair bit of snark on this blog because we're children, really, but occasionally we're just transparently happy doing what we love every day. Jeez, get us a tissue already. More later, for now we're just gonna go hug it out.
This shit is bona fide. On the wall outside the Martin McCormick gallery on the second floor in the Hamilton building of the Denver Art Museum, in type larger than our swelling heads: DOUBLEBUTTER. We're just gonna take a brief moment and enjoy it. A damn nice thing if we do say so ourselves. The show officially opened last Friday, July 27th, and somehow we managed to avoid embarrassing ourselves. A small miracle to be sure.
We'd show an animation for this bit—machining holes in the aluminum clusters or hubs for our new base system—but it's a tough thing to photograph. First, the process is obscured behind a smudgy piece of acrylic. Second, it's messy as all hell with the relentless spray of cutting lubricant. And third, it's a subtle process that's nevertheless full of sound and fury (to see what we mean, you can watch a video the guys running the CNC milling machine made by clicking here). Regardless, the result is extremely precise and quite lovely, we think. Here are a bunch of the larger clusters and a solo shot of the smaller cluster before the holes for the second facet have been cut. We suspect that these may signify nothing to those of you who have no idea what the end product will look like but that may be part of the point.
Today, a bit more on shaping the brass feet for our new base system. We still have no video camera (plus we like animated .gifs) so after the jump just a simple animation of a bit of the process of cutting a taper on a CNC lathe. Here, at left, is the lathe in full-spin and at right is a line-up of the larger of the two versions of the feet. These will be the feet for the dining tables we're making as part of the new line for the DAM show opening July 27—after just one more step (shaping the other, rounded end) we're good to go.
To follow up on yesterday's post, here's the business end of all that speedy vise work: drilling holes into brass. The holes will ultimately be tapped (meaning we'll cut threads into them to accept threaded rod) allowing us to connect these brass feet to the clusters which will be the central hub of the whole base system. Confusing? Maybe, but that's just because this is a teaser, an appetizer, not the meaty main course. For a pretty animated gif of the whole drilling business, click through to read more. And check back in for more partially illuminating posts on our upcoming show of new work at the DAM.
Sometimes it's hard to say where an idea came from but this is not one of those times. For the Design Lab show at the DAM this summer we were initially planning a new line based on tools and machines for material handling—you know, tables and case goods and what not based on dollies and hand trucks and gantry cranes and the like—and we were hitting shops and salvage yards around town looking at examples. When we stopped by our friend Steve Scott's place we happened to notice this vise handle and the plan changed. It struck us as a good model for a modular base system, with legs and arms radiating off a central hub or cluster, easily disassembling and reassembling, strong and rigid and widely adaptable. Game on. More info on this particular handle after the jump and more on our version in upcoming posts.
Alright, so we've been a little busy. A long winter of steady orders eased into a long spring of steady orders. And now, just as we were getting ready to stumble into a leisurely summer kicking back poolside at Camp Tillman, more orders. Sure, the adults among us are thrilled that our business has become bona fide, that the thing seems to be working, for real. But seriously, the adults among us are a bunch of kill-joy douches. They expect us to stay focused and on task. Even if we've made the thing a hundred times. Even on a Saturday. Even in May in Denver (which has been crushingly lovely, by the way).
Enough already. It's time to make something new. Thankfully, we've got a good reason (beyond creeping boredom) to make it—a show at the DAM. Specifically, we've got a third of Design Lab: Three Studios, pulled together by curator Darrin Alfred and set to run in the Martin and McCormick Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building (that thing in the photo above) from July 27 through September 2, 2012. The other two studios in the show are MATTER and tres birds workshop—worth the price of admission all by themselves. In case you just can't wait, we'll be filling up the Sandwiches section of the site with show teasers and miscellany over the coming months.
What good is a series called "Low-Tech Tillman Lightshow" without a little pyromania? Cavemen and cavewomen, all, they love their fire. Looks like Clovis dug this bit out of the photo archives (we've upgraded the fire pit at the shop compound), but what the hell? It's still fun. Watch it with a dance track and those fools in the background get a little groove on.
From Clovis Tillman, a another night-light shot, this time from the River North neighborhood, looking across the tracks from the Coors Field overflow parking lot behind the Silver Square lofts on Blake and 33rd. Another look after the jump.