I had meticulously handcrafted and assembled about 10 feet of wooden chain links and two gears.
The entire apparatus got mounted on a wall and it was fun, participatory art. Here I am 39 years ago demonstrating the finished sculpture.
The story continues. My wooden machines inspired my husband David to explore the concept further. He suggested I make them move on their own. I bounced the idea back to him and encouraged him to explore the concept and a couple of years later, Wood That Works (and my husband's career) was launched. He has combined his mechanical knowledge with woodworking and taken the idea to levels far beyond. (Link to complete history here.)
Meanwhile the chain fell into disrepair and was reduced to hundreds of pieces in a brown paper bag hidden in the storage room. Recently, David requested that I refurbish it so it could be mounted in the entry area of the gallery space in his studio. This weekend, I approached the task, disassembling the entire thing, re-sanding and gluing it all back together.
Bicycle Chain by Marji Roy • 1973-74
Life continues to be a fun, unusual, collaborative and creative journey! Truly unique and very special.
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