Anyone who can name the two wrong things, posting them on this
thread, I will enter your name in a drawing for a free copy of the
new Lark book "Masters:Gold" which I authored.
maybe more than two.
First, many of Michael Goods pieces have the form almost, or
sometimes even completely closed over. I doubt you could scan many of
them with the resulting model correctly indicating the hollow nature
of the shape and the correct metal thicknesses, simply because the
scanner would have a very hard time reading into all those deep,
almost unreachable recesses. And even those that can be seen, have
interiors that are highly reflective surfaces. I seriously doubt the
lasers would be so accurate in reading that type of restricted access
highly reflective surface without getting at least a little bit
confused, if they could reach it at all.’’ If they can get scanners
to penetrate the metal, the way a CAT scan can slice up tissue for a
true 3D scan, then perhaps. But I’ve not seen that done yet with
metals… Now, someone good with CAD could further edit even a rough
poor scan to fill in the stuff the scanner can’t get, but that’s not
the stated process, and if doing that, why bother with the scan at
all. Start with the CAD process and just model the form you want
Second, Even the best printed wax, or even the best milled model,
still has some of the stair step texture from the CAM process. While
that can be attractive if intentionally used, it does not mimic the
surface finish of Michael Good’s pieces, and again, because of the
often almost completely closed shapes, finishing off that texture to
a properly reflective surface, as Michael’s work has, would be damn
near impossible, so the duplicate again wouldn’t be that close.
And third, the very process of anticlastic raising produces thin,
springy, tensile metal that’s flexible and alive, able to regain it’s
shape when flexed. Even with heat treating, I don’t think you could
duplicate the feel and physical properties of the metal via casting,
and that behavior seems, at least to me, quite intrinsic to the very
nature of the work. Again, the casting would end up a not very good
copy. And that doesn’t even begin to address the usual differences
between forged and cast metal, ie density, porosity, etc.
And then, finally, there are the wrong things associated with stuff
like copyright infringement…
How’d I do?