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Perpetual Motion Machine

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Perpetual Motion Machine, bARTer Sauce
Perpetual Motion Machine, bARTer Sauce
Perpetual Motion Machine, bARTer Sauce
Perpetual Motion Machine, bARTer Sauce

Kevin's story that came with the Perpetual Motion Machine:

On Thursday February 4, 2010 I attended the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.  I had a particular destination in mind as I was on a mission!  I had this cool, little all-brass whatch-a-ma-thing that I was going to try to trade for something cool, or perhaps something much cooler at bARTer Sauce.

Now you must be wondering what this has to do with "BIM", or "brass in motion"  "BIM" is the name that I decided to give to the all brass whatch-a-ma-thing, which brings us to the start of the "required story" anytime a trade is executed at bARTer Sauce.

BIM was never intended to be a piece of art.  BIM was never intended to do anything useful.  BIM was constructed to practice my silver soldering skills, and working with small brass stock.  The design was (there was no damm design) evolved as the project progressed.  The only requirement that I imposed on myself was that BIM had to have some moving parts and be capable of pretending it is some sort of equipment or mechanical assembly.

The tools used in creating BIM consisted of a small pencil torch capable of light brazing, a massive 20 inch Sears drill press with an X - Y axis gear driven positioning vise, and a similar but much smaller 10 inch Sears drill press.  The purchase of the 20 inch drill press (for home use) has to be justified somehow :)  Other tools used included a small hobby size belt sander, a tubing cutter to cut the brass tube stock, and a small hack saw with a fine tooth blade for cutting the flat stock and rods.

BIM was created around the turn of this century and I have had great fun observing peoples reactions, and how they will sometimes interact with BIM.  BIM is really a work in progress, you will notice that it is still possible to disassemble the pieces.  This means that YOU - as a future owner of BIM could add additional functionality to the piece if you so desire

Perhaps YOU will be the next person to make it REALLY do something?  In the meantime, you can enjoy BIM just as I have, by slowly turning the crank and watching the mechanism operate.  In fact, the most USEFUL thing I have ever done with BIM to quietly play with it while I have been stuck on really boring telephone conference calls at work!

Kevin McClintic - February 2010