“Dead Nuts: a search of the ultimate machined object” opens at the Museum of Craft and Design on July 27, 2019.
The machinist is among the most exacting craftsmen. It is the resourcefulness, ingenuity and skill of the machinist that creates the critical parts that allow an idea to become a reality. At the extreme confluence of precision, accuracy, invention and design, there are objects that continue to inspire these makers because they represent the finest work and the purest forms. Posed as a question in 2009 to an online forum called Practical Machinist, over a period of several months, a small community debated “What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism?” They proposed their favorites in an ongoing conversation of posts and responses. This exhibition will present objects that makers and enthusiasts themselves have proposed as “the ultimate machined object”.