The carousel is operational! We had "rotation" on Friday 04.12.2013 at Studio 6A Water Street Studios. This calm scene is just prior to the opening of my studio to the public. The performers were gathered and put on a wonderful unrehearsed first showing. Greta Bell and her Carousel, Annette the Marionette, Moi, and Ilya duGaz were there to welcome and encourage everyone to join the R/Evolving Circus. We are in need of a willing performer to join the circus as a person to be sawn-in-half. No experience necessary. We are also taking applications for a Circus Doctor as well. A new career awaits you!
Your possible future R/Evolving Circus colleagues.
These are new additions to the carousel. These new attachments will improve the assembly time as well as the overall flexibility of the carousel system for hanging Greta Bell's remarkable paintings. In the assembly instructions they are referred to as the "hope springs". Because they will be lightly loaded and only minimally cycled they will probably be eternal.
You may have wondered what is hanging on the wall behind the carousel. It is an evolving piece of art, something to replace the old buffalobull(skull) and Shinola can that were off the wall for far too long and the difference was recognized some time ago between the B.S. and the Shinola. The working title of this flimflam fabrication is "Dead Reckoning" , quite pleasant, n'est ce-pas?
Heady stuff I reckon.
I bet you're wishing I hadn't said that. I see that the gloves have come off. No iron fist concealed here.
Do you see that 47 is the correct number here? I'm knot just stringing you along again but I couldn't resist the temptation for witless wizdumb to spiral out of control.
This may be note worthy. A page from one of my sketchbooks is included in this photograph of some of the original working drawings of the carousel. It is the earliest drawing with a note dated 10.03.2011. Nota Bene "The Puppeteer" appears at the top of the sketch. Some early guidance perhaps. Do you see the 'man in the moon' base? I do.
There will be some minor modifications required for the disassembled carousel to fit within the R/Evolving Circus trailer. The longest central mast element connection bolts and spacer tubes need to be shortened by approximately 3". Not bad given that the fit of all of the parts into the trailer was based upon implementation of the SWAG method.
Surprising isn't it? I am wondering where the Gerbil Quantum Drive will fit. More planning and ciphering. While others may mock my slow and deliberate progress; not unlike the tortoise pursuing the hare down the rabbit hole, Mr. Dodgson's arithmetic properties of Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision will be substituted for the scientific wise ass guess.
The newest addition to R/Evolving Circus Carousel is a quick and easy way to attach the extension arms. A spring pin replaces the original bolt on method. Greta Bell will no longer have to struggle with 24 bolts, nuts, lock-washers and a zillion trips up and down the ladder. The "Remove Before Flight" tag is an important metaphorical message. The circus is about to take flight!
Of course-there's-always-fun-in-it...Get it?
The view from the higher plane? No just above the fray and aluminum debris with a new bungee cord attached. The color coding adds to the ease of assembly as well as to the appearance of the untimely machine.
Even though the carousel is 4 feet shorter and 4 feet less in diameter, it still has an imposing character. Greta Bell's paintings will energize the structure and transform the R/Evolving Circus. The carousel with the Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Drive System will be fully operational much sooner than later. It will be spinning through time and space this week. Come and see Greta Bell's Carousel, Annette the Marionette and perhaps a new member of the R/Evolving Circus this Friday 04.12.2013 in studio 6A at Water Street Studios. Our heads are spinning with excitement!
"You can't get far on hot air and fantasy." From "The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen" , by Terry Gilliam. "Oh yes you can", by Ilya duGaz.
A hint of identity smiling through the pane.
The Austin Boston Peabody Gerbil Muscle and Human Steam Powered Quantum Drive System for Greta Bell's R/Evolving Circus continues to evolve at the studio. The bicycle is mounted to the forward motion restriction valve with the counter rotational Human Steam power transmitter ready for flimflam fabrication and attachment.
This is revolutionary. It will help to apply the necessary force to overcome the WR^2 of the carousel. Of course it will be the Human Steam Power of Greta Bell augmented by the intermittent input of a soon to be named Gerbil.
The 6 pointed star forms the revised base of the circus. Stability, portability, and ease of assembly were the goals for the design. The real star of the show, Greta Bell will provide the motive power along with her new found associate and raconteur ..."Annette the Marionette"!
The original sketch is shown with Howie Sea looking carefully at it. How do you see it?
Remember this design drawing? It represents a reasonable depiction of the relative position of the right angle drive mechanism required to translate the horizontal input from the bicycle into the vertical rotation of the carousel. Because the design is based upon "The Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Quantum Magnetics Drive System", I had no way of knowing where it was when I knew it's velocity. My tongue is firmly in my cheek this morning.
Here is the real thing. I now know the drive position and that it required .018" of shim on the inside mounting angle to center the output shaft. Round and round I go and where I will stop nobody knows. Do you really care about the shimming detail? Me thinks knot.
Another view. I'm not stringing you along this time.
Icon c you are puzzled. Just considering another angle of attack. Perhaps my logic is fuzzy but knot at the moment.
The original 12' high x 12' in diameter R/evolving Circus carousel is in various stages of being modified. The center mast has been disassembled and the various sections have been cut in order for the 'new and improved" circus carousel to be fabricated. The overall process is going well with TIG welding to be part of the next important stage of development. The new carousel will be 8' high x 8' in diameter and human powered. The bicycle in this photograph will be the "new and improved" input power device.
The overall design is based upon an earlier design concept affectionately known as "The Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Magnetics Drive System". That machine was developed in response to my son's request for an explanation to a hideous noise we heard one morning. He was 6 or 7 at the time and really needed to know what had made such an awful noise on the street in front of our home. I said it must have been generated by the aforementioned drive system passing swiftly by. It worked to pacify his curiosity and continues with this device. The gerbil will be replaced by a marionette being designed and fabricated by Greta Bell.
There will be more photos and drawings posted in the very near future, perhaps even tomorrow. The hideous noise will not be part of this revised design. There is the potential for an MP3 device with a megaphone to be incorporated. This may be done with an ear toward the exploitation of the "Doppler Effect".
The YouTube file attached from "Looney Tunes" cartoon opening theme music is titled "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". I certainly hope it doesn't!
A layout design drawing, very "old school" illustrating the right angle drive that will couple the "Austin Boston Peabody Human Steam and Gerbil Muscle Quantum Magnetics Drive System" to the R/evolving Circus Carousel. "Human Steam"/Greta Bell, will overcome the WR^2 of the carousel.
In an attempt to measure up, I've positioned a way to get up in the world next to the central focus of my attention to detail. I must pedal my papers this morning. Perhaps I will return later to provide additional details of the R/Evolution.
It is a cold and wintry morning and the elephants are restless. The circus is in the studio for modifications. Greta Bell's R/Evolving Circus will be bicycle powered as opposed to AC powered. The photos from some of the disassembly and additional new design elements are
shown. The circus will be coming to your town at some time in the future. In the meantime enjoy the Merry-Go-Round you may be on.
There will be no longer a need for a Full Wave Bridge Rectifier. Sort of sad don't you think?