tommorrow we leave for Cali, starting out we are headed to Arcata, then meeting up with my brother in Davis, then on to SF. We'll be thumbing it the whole way, three of us. I'll try to get a post or two in from the road.

face plate open

face plate open
Originally uploaded by skuz.

this is the face plate before it is welded to the front of the machine, sealing the deal. There is a side door that I can access with a key (an old tool box door that I found), so I can still get in the thing to fix stuff/restock it in a hurry/check on what is in there at any given time without taking anything out.

The top hole is for putting things in. I am considering labeling it with the word put. I thought about give, but I think that word has too many soft connotations that people tend, in our consumer culture, to assosciate with free things. Put implies, to me, more of an action unconnected with any philosophy. Thoughts on this?
The bottom hole is where objects fall down the tray to. There is a handle and a hinge, so the door can swing open and shut. I think I will label this one get. I think take is in the same boat as give, it implies a pre-established relationship that is commonly seen as an opportunity to exploit in our culture. I don't want to encourage people to exploit the machine (you don't have to put to get), but I want them to have as open a relationship to it as possible. thoughts on this?


close up of mechanism

close up of mechanism
Originally uploaded by skuz.

the pin on the rod going across the top is turned by the bicycle crank on the side. The pin hits the tabs on the wheel, turning the larger fan wheel below. Objects placed on the tray are spun through the machine, one turn on the crank transfers to 60 degrees of change in the large fan wheel. Five turns and the object on the tray makes it around to the hole in the back and drops down the ramp.

vending machine opened up

vending machine opened up, originally uploaded by skuz.

here is a view of the inside before I put the face plate on


Martin Luther King Jr. tells us, "human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted".

vending machine guts video

Here is a short video of the inner working sof my soon to be complete vending machine. More to come soon.