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"Sticks and Stones"

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An idea birthed by the minds of Bre Pettis and Jesse Ferguson, "Sticks and Stones" is a machine made entirely out of natural materials - sticks, stones, twine, trees, dirt, and so on. Built at the sacred Earth Sanctuary ( ), Sticks and Stones is composed of about 20 distinct elements, all working in sequence to ring the large, heavy bell at the end, sending a beautiful majestic sound across the forest landscape.

Check out the official video below.

MAKE Magazine has covered us!

New! Bre Pettis (from MAKE magazine) has published his interview with us - we talk about Rube Goldberg machines and describe Sticks and Stones in detail.

The machine starts with a stick rotating slowly on a rope. As it descends from the rope unwinding, it hits a stick that has been carefully placed to prevent a round rock from rolling down a trough.

At the bottom of the trough, a stone-and-stick hammer is poised to fall. The rolling rock hits it and causes it to fall on another stick holding back a very large rock under a stick tripod.
Without the stick to hold it back, the large rock swings and topples a large flagstone, making an elegant sound and causing the flagstone to topple.
This in turn knocks the first of a series of rectangular rocks down, causing each rock after it to fall in a similar fashion. The last rectangular rock is positioned to hold back a precariously balanced flagstone. It's balanced on its fulcrum so it just barely wants to tilt to the right, and it does so, very slowly.
This flagstone in turn tilts a series of other nice flat rocks down the line, each sounding its own unique note as they collide.
The final balancing stone releases an upright rock which smashes into the side of the first of these three-stone structures. As one of the sides collapses in, the other two in the structure will fall outward, triggering the next set of stones to fall.
The last of these piles releases an exquisitely constructed fern-fan, which slowly unwinds downward. The fern fronds soon gently brush a delicately balanced rock with a rope tied to it. The rock falls, pulling away the stick which is holding back a series of Y-shaped sticks hanging on wound rope. As they turn slowly, each triggers the next, and eventually a large tree branch lever falls over, releasing a spinning rock.
The rock nudges a branch, causing another delicately balanced rock to fall and swing down toward a stone resting against the tree. The stone is holding down a scissor-like joint clamping the bell hammer in place. As this stone falls, the hammer is released, sounding the bell.

This machine took two full days to build and execute, though we would have liked more time.

See below for 3-d pictures! As always, cross your eyes to see them.
The hammerstone, dominoes, and lever rocks
The lever rocks and tri-ominoes
The tri-ominoes
Jesse works on the rotating sticks
The fern-fan and rotating sticks
The final bell hammer
Bonus picture of the bell back in its original location. Earth Sanctuary is a really nice place. If you're in the Whidbey Island area, you should go check it out.

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Posted by amateurvisionary 8 years ago ( 02-Dec-2006 00:14:43 )



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