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March 24, 2014 AT 9:00 am

Designers use Robot to Sculpt Wooden Stools #manufacturingmonday

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This robot has made the career jump from auto-worker to artisan. Sasha Ritter and Armand Graham repurposed the robot, formerly used by the auto-industry, to make these beautiful wooden stools named totoro. The wood is locally sourced form upstate NY, via design boom.

showcasing the natural beauty found in silver maple wood, the ‘totoro collection’ is a series of stools designed in collaboration by new york-based armand graham of timbr and sasha ritter. the versatile pieces are created from logs found in ithaca and crafted using a robot, which was previously employed by the automotive industry. the two ton arm of the machine was able to translate the computer generated form into a precise sculptural reality that could not have been achieved by hand. the object’s cracking, which occurs during the drying phase represents a tension between the manufacturing process and the natural material. this creates a different final outcome each time, no matter how much control the technology offers, the natural material has a life of its own.

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