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process, by corbin keech.

February 17th, 2009 by admin

the design for my chaboo was conceived in a matter of minutes. this is somewhat atypical for someone like myself, whose instincts are to think, experiment, and think some more. instead, my process started quickly and without much deliberation. assuming my chaboo stands and isn’t a terrific failure, i may have turned over a new leaf.

several weeks ago Juno Lackman had mentioned ken’s project to me. it seemed like an interesting idea, but i wasn’t sure if i had the time or the energy to participate. a few weeks and a lost job later, an email from juno arrives, alerting me that ken had one chaboo left and i had better call him immediately or my tiny window would close. within an hour i was in ken’s shop, sharing with him my ideas conceived on the bus ride over. perhaps the stars would align.

despite my complete lack of preparation and thought, this process has been, oddly enough, comfortable. design is occasionally exhausting, but almost always a thrill. the most satisfying work i’ve contributed to thus far has involved a similar ethic - work quickly. collaborate heavily. be physically, mentally and emotionally engaged. presumably good things will result.

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initially, i wanted to make simple adjustments to the original chaboo. i wanted to play with it, manipulate its simple form, and slightly change its elegant proportion. in other words, i simply wanted to compose something.

through this process, i eventually broke the chaboo into three parts.



moving between sketches and 3d study, the ‘playfulness’ started to get a little out of hand, and the whimsy was overwhelming any effort on my part to be clever.

three elements would require a ’spine’ to join them again - too complicated?
perhaps if i reduce the chaboo to two elements instead of three?
how do you reconfigure the chaboo once you split it in half?
do you split it in half?
once the chaboo is split/broken, how much of the original is retained?
does one replicate the original with a similar form/material? different? is it disrespectful to completely change the original piece?
can something this ‘fragmented’ even stand on its own weight?


one sketch provided a sensible resolution >

a simple idea emerges > the chaboo is reconfigured, but includes two ‘foreign’ elements - one that echoes the original form, and another that is completely divorced from the original.

no matter what, the additions to the chaboo cannot dominate the original. such a gesture would be inappropriate, disrespectful, and unnecessary. as a diagram, boldness in reconfiuration must be balanced by a concerted effort to restrain the expressiveness.


New Gadget for Project Chaboo

December 23rd, 2008 by admin

I just bought this video camera to use for Project Chaboo.

Its called the FLIP minoHD camcorder.  Its the world’s smallest high definition camcorder at only 3.3oz.  What I like about it is the simplicity.  There are no bells and whistles with very simple operation and surprisingly good image quality for such a cheap camera at only $230.

Another really cool thing with this camera is that you can upload any image and they will print it onto the case.  The software they have to do this is really intuitive and easy to use.  All this customization is free as is shipping.

I hope to integrate video into this blog and project.  Im not really sure how video will play into Project Chaboo at this point.  Documenting the artist’s process in video would be interesting and also interviewing them would be a welcome change of pace to the blog.

OK fine, ill admit it.  Its a christmas present to myself.  Im not the only one who does that you know…

Best Festool Tool?

July 10th, 2008 by tomitadesigns

My friend dropped by my shop and commented on my extensive Festool collection.

Are they worth it he asked?

I told him they all are worth it in the long run.  To be the best you need to use the best tools.  The saw especially is a revolutionary tool with really no peers.

Once i went Festool I never turned back….