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May. 2nd, 2017

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Video completed for "High Gear" rolling ball sculpture!

I'm extremely happy to say that I'm finally able to get a little more caught up on some of my admin-related stuff for my artwork. I'd been having issues with editing videos since late last year, and finally, with the help of some friends, I figured out what the problem was and got it taken care of!

I immediately completed a video that I'd been waiting too long to complete, "High Gear," a fabulous sculpture inspired by my collector's passion for auto racing. He races go karts, and he asked if I could include a large gear from a race car transmission that he had been given. I said that, not only could I do that, but I'd love to add parts from his racing kart if he wanted as well. He loved the idea, and we went straight to his shop and sorted through interesting pieces that could become part of his artwork.

I would up being able to use two of his sprockets and the actual drive chain from his kart as the lift mechanism for this piece. It's awesome! I had to design two hubs for the sprockets and have them custom cut from stainless steel, then weld up the hubs for them. They turned out fantastic, their design being taken from the wheel of a 1964 Indy 500 race car mag. Too cool! I was able to add the big gear he'd wanted on it, plus make it an integral part of the ball course while ALSO making it removable without affecting the workings of the piece. It was a lot of work to do all that, but it really just turned out fabulously. My collector was extremely pleased, as was I. I'm so glad he's digging it and it's become a real fixture in his home.

If you are interested in my work, feel free to visit www.tomharold.com for information, videos of how I create my rolling ball sculptures, and plenty of photos and video of my other completed work in action!

But you probably want to see the video! Here you go, below. Enjoy!

Aug. 17th, 2016

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New video for RBS sculpture "Tomfoolery!"

It's been too long! I was asked to create a wonderful piece of kinetic art for the Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch. They wanted something of a size that allowed me some stretching room, and they asked for musical elements! It turned out so well! They have tons of visitors of all ages checking it out every day of the week. I'm really gratified to have been asked to make my art a part of the library system. Books are awesome, and now my work is part of that awesomeness!

Check out the video, and if you like it, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube, add a comment, and share it with every single person you can possible get hold of. Thanks so much!

Sep. 19th, 2015

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Two New Sculpture Videos

It hasn't been all that long since I've posted here, but in that time I've managed to complete a couple of videos for two of my new rolling ball sculptures. I didn't even realize I'd fallen behind, so it's definitely time for an update.

The first piece, called "Tick Tock," is a unique work that was done for a trad show display company in Canada. They needed a piece to go with a display for one of their clients. It had one very interesting physical challenge in that it could only be six inches deep. It was also very tall, "like a grandfather clock," they said, hence the name of this one. The depth eliminated a lot of track routing possibilities. Even things like spirals generally take more than six inches of horizontal space to execute. I had to get creative.

They also needed it in a very short period of time! I had only three weeks to design, build, test and ship the piece to them. It was a lot of work in a short period of time, but I'm happy to say I created a really great sculpture for them and even got it shipped out ahead of schedule! They loved it, and I'm happy with how it turned out as well. See the video below for the final result.

The second video is for a recent small desktop piece I created called "Let Go." This is a fun conversation piece that works great in an office setting. Rather than one of my giant, motorized, wall-mounted sculptures that requires lots of space, this piece fits comfortably on an office desk. I used a variety of straight sections with drop-throughs and finished it off with a smooth spiral for some variety. As of this writing, Let Go is still available. You can check it out on my web site tomharold.com.

Below is the feature video.

Hope you're all doing well, and thanks for stopping in to check out my art. Feel free to message me with any questions or drop a comment. Thanks!

Jul. 8th, 2015

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Ashley Longshore loves my art!

Back in February I made an everlasting Valentines Day card for the amazing pop art icon Ashley Longshore. I know that Ashley is big on fun and she embraces the idea of play and enjoyment in everyday life. I thought she might dig my work.

"Little did he know..."

Yeah, little did I know she would LOVE it! She wrote to me on Instagram and said, "This is the coolest card on the planet!!!!!! I LOVE it! It's so creative!!!!!!! Sooooo cool! I will have it forever! U r so awesome!"

Woah! This from the woman who counts celebrities, rock stars and royalty among her clients, the woman whose been featured in Vogue, Elle, the New York Post, Forbes and dozens of other publications.

I am so grateful for Ashley's kind words about my art. After being deluged with work for several months, I finally was able to finish the video for the piece. Check it out below. Please do give it a thumbs up or a comment on Youtube, and spread it along to friends. Thanks for the support!

Jan. 13th, 2015

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New sculpture completed: Flying Hulls!

While this certainly is part of the "big reveal" for the wider world, I actually finished this piece before Christmas. However, as it was a surprise gift for some lucky husband, I couldn't very well spread it all over the interwebs for him to accidentally find, now could I? The holidays have come and gone now, though, so it is safe for me to share it with anyone and everyone who might enjoy it. I just uploaded it two days ago, so it's still piping hot off the stove, or whatever euphemism passes for super-fresh.

Flying Hulls

As mentioned, it was a gift from a wife to her husband. They both enjoy sailing and spend a lot their free time out on the water. She wanted something to commemorate their pastime, and she asked if I'd make a piece that reflected it. I loved the idea of a themed piece, and the photo of their catamaran that she provided only further encouraged me. I made a big effort to get the details right: number of sails, proportions, positioning of mast. These are basics, but they make a big difference when taken as a whole.

It was a challenge to route the track around and through the frame and sails, but I came up with some interesting ideas, and the ball jump turned out great! Necessity is definitely the mother of invention on that section.

Below is the video. Check it out and please give it a thumbs up on Youtube. Share it with friends if you know someone who would enjoy it. If you'd like to see more of my work, check out my website for Tom Harold rolling ball sculpture. And if you'd like to talk with me about commissioning a piece, I'd be happy to hear from you. Thanks!

Oct. 27th, 2014

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Rolling Ball Sculpture Completed: Tillander

Good to have something to post for y'all. It has been too long since I was able to put a piece up! There for a while I was doing all those desktop pieces, and I was getting one done each week, or close to it. I loved being able to post completed works so often, but after the fourth or fifth one I received a commission (Yay!), and so I went to work on that one.

That was in mid-April, and I've been working on it since, through the entire summer without much of a break to speak of. This thing is awesome in that the client said, "We're really into air plants. Can you make one that we can hang to air plant terrariums in?" YES!! Yes, I can!

It was a challenge. There's a basic sort of flow to the path of the track around the frame as it works its way downward. The terrariums did a number on that natural path, and I had to come up with several different routes to make everything work properly. It was frustrating at times, but it really made me get creative, and things turned out very well. It's going to be a fabulous addition to their home.

Below is the feature video I shot of it. Hope you enjoy it, and if you're interested in commissioning a piece for yourself, a loved one or possibly in an office setting, stop in over at my rolling ball sculpture website and shoot me a message.

Apr. 8th, 2014

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Yeah, I finished ANOTHER ONE! "Dropping In" rolling ball sculpture

Busy? Me? Nooooooo! Whatever gave you that idea?

I've done little lately except go to the day job and come home and work in the shop. Oh, I did buy a TOTALLY AWESOME horizontal band saw that I'm incredibly stoked about, but I'll leave that story for the tech nerds. You wanna hear the story about me driving around and looking at machinery, ask! But for now we talk art.

This one is called "Dropping In." Check out the video and you'll see why. I have been thinking on some different building techniques lately, and this one has been brewing for quite a while. It's very different. You'll see! I particularly enjoy the supports, which took a lot of time to make but were really fun! They're pretty bitchin' if I do say so myself.

Anyway, check it out. I hope you dig it. Oh, and the sculpture I did for the National Kidney Foundation raised a nice little amount of money, and the woman who won it was very happy to have it. She had apparently been looking at my work online prior to entering the contest and was really hoping she was going to win it even before she knew what the final design looked like. I'm glad it went to an appreciative home.

I'm working on other stuff, finishing up a giant piece that I'll clue you in on more later, but will look oddly familiar though very different. I have some other surprises for later, but more sculpture to be sure in the coming weeks/months.

Is anyone interested in seeing how I build these things? I can show ya some of that if ya like. Lemme know.

Mar. 31st, 2014

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New sculpture with video: "The Good Bean" - NKF Fundraiser

Just finished this piece up last week. It was part of a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation. Medical professionals often use the word "bean" as a slang term for kidneys, and since the NKF is all about kidney health, I figured the title should reflect those two properties well.

I got to have a bit of fun with this one, making the kidney-shaped frame, but even more so with the really large lower spiral that took ten feet of wire to create. The most fun part, however, was the widening track drop-through for the marble. I've seen it done before, but you have to pick and choose where you can use this element, at least when using marbles. Since marbles are not uniform in size or shape, and since this element is dependent upon tolerances for it to work properly, you can wind up with very unpredictable results when using many marbles. I was only dealing with a single marble, so I took the opportunity to use it. It turned out great! Have a look for yourself:

I've been hard at work doing some other related projects as well, and I should be posting some more videos in the coming weeks. There's not a lot else to report, as I have been mainly working the day job and then coming home and doing sculpture at night in order to turn out so much work in such a short period of time. I've had a couple sales lately, which is very nice. I still have a few of the small pieces left, and I've been talking with some folks about a new project that sounds like it's going to be really awesome! It's going to be a bit of waiting on that one, but it will be worth it!

Mar. 12th, 2014

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Fourth new sculpture with video in four weeks! Title: Lunar Walk

Dudes! So late, so tired! Must. Post. To. LJ.

I go the distance for y'all. Truths.

Gotta make this short, 'cause it's past my bedtime, but I got yet another sculpture done and the video put together for the fourth week in a row. This requires a demanding schedule and strict adherence to things like, well, only doing art mostly. However, since that's what I want to do with my life, this isn't really all that bad. I do forget to do things like shop for groceries sometimes, though. However, I plan for those emergencies by keeping a cabinet stocked with Ramen. When the zombie apocalypse hits, people will realize it was one of the greatest foodstuffs ever created.

But forget that. I made art, people! This thing is so cool! I got to do some stretching out. I went for some new designs and made something super cool and fun to look at even when it's standing still, but it also moves, so BONUS!

You wanna see it? Done! Please give it a generous helping of thumbs-ups, shares and comments on ye olde Youtube. It is a huge help to me in spreading the word about my art to those who may be interested. Thank you for all your help and support!

Mar. 6th, 2014

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Third week, third new sculpture video! "Trio."

It's late, and it's been tough getting time for any sort of art this week, so I'm making this one short. Y'all probably just wanna see the goods, anyway. This one is pure spiral-y goodness. It fits on a desktop easily. It's all stainless like my previous two pieces and ready to ship immediately! It's called "Trio" for its like number of spirals. I hope you dig it. Please share it with anyone you know who may also be into it. Thanks again for all the support!

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