David Roy was supposed to become a computer programmer. As a fresh-faced engineering student in the ’70s, Roy knew his way around a deck of punch cards at a time when computing was starting to take off in a big way. But as luck would have it, that’s exactly when he got out of the business.
Roy fell in love with the idea of making machines out of wood, rather than code, when a friend (and soon-to-be wife) showed him around the workshop she used to make art. After designing a few ingenious, mechanical trinkets of his own, he quit his programming job and began Wood That Works, the company where he now sells his ‘kinetic wooden sculptures’ full time.
His hypnotic, spring-powered machines take woodwork into the realm of pure art. And we can’t stop watching.