Port Townsend

Last summer I moved out of Portland and far from city life to reconnect with the ocean environment and my plankton brethren.  I landed on a semi rural lot in Port Townsend, Washington, where I built a small workshop home for myself alongside a slightly larger rental house. It's a short walk from the beach and Fort Worden. Within 640 square feet, my bandsaw, drill press and workbenches keep company with the kitchen, while the bedroom is at the other end of the 40' building. Wood chips lay thick in the kitchen, but scatter lightly by the time I get to the bed. After completing the building project, I can finally get back to work.

Here in Port Townsend, I found a shop to help me prototype the Crab zoea using 3D printing. Turn Point Design's Brandon Davis used PLA (corn based) plastic filaments to print a larger version of the original alder model. I sprayed it after the final sanding using a Krylon "Seaglass" transparent spray paint. I'm experimenting with LED lighting inside for a subtle glow, i.e. bioluminescence.

Model making is a useful way for me to envision these microscopic forms in various placements and groupings that I hope will someday find a home in a public setting where many people can witness the diversity of plankton.

 My new workshop/home (right),  with rental house on the left. Snow on Christmas Day.

My new workshop/home (right),  with rental house on the left. Snow on Christmas Day.

 Crab zoea settled in the snowy yard. 3D print of corn- based plastic. This is about 30" h.

Crab zoea settled in the snowy yard. 3D print of corn- based plastic. This is about 30" h.

 Group of carved wood Ceratium phytoplankton models for large installation. This is about 13" h.

Group of carved wood Ceratium phytoplankton models for large installation. This is about 13" h.

 Carved Ceratium model for proposed large outdoor bronze installation. (13"h)

Carved Ceratium model for proposed large outdoor bronze installation. (13"h)

 Shop/kitchen

Shop/kitchen

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 The truth is here with the microscope. The art drifts in with the tides.

The truth is here with the microscope. The art drifts in with the tides.