Creative Works of Tom McGuire


June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Tom McGuire   has been working with various forms of sculpture since about 1997 and is having a lot of fun with developing art works that incorporate all different types of materials especially electrical and mechanical parts. Much of his work is kinetic.  He says “I have to thank my parents for my education because most of my learning was at the expense of some major appliances”. He started out spending long hours in the basement tinkering with parts of old radios and fixing toasters and hair dryers for the neighbors and in the past 20 years or so has worked as an engineer for a small electronics manufacturer. I still spend a lot of time tinkering, he says, and having gathered new tools and developed new skills. A real sense of purpose for the future has been realized.

Consciousness Builds Confidence.

 Think of what the technology has done to our society today. It’s just too much too fast. People don’t understand what they are doing to themselves. We should be using these technological tools to learn and make our lives more enjoyable rather than working overtime to keep up with them. Children as well as adults should develop more consciousness of the fundamentals of technology by taking things apart, studying the elements, and building new things. It is time consuming but it has its rewards. By building things we develop the confidence to use the technology and to make it work for us. Call it “play” if you will. Like flying, it is fun once you get off the ground. One of the roadblocks is having preconceived ideas about the outcome of your work. If you just pour positive energy into an idea and keep going till it’s done it usually works. Don’t be afraid of what’s inside the black box. Open it up and play with it.

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Simple Fun Projects :continued 2009

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments


I’m getting a real positive fealing this year about this approach to sharing my experiences and knowledge of technology by creating projects that use simple elements. There are so many dynamics that can be studied in the proccess of creating a simple machine. Today a young girl discovered that in the proccess of building a circuit, if you put a wire across a battery it gets hot. I told her “that’s called a short circuit”. I wish I had the time to tell her about the chemicals in the battery, the effect of dissimilar metals, and some thermal dynamics. But none the less, today in her life, she learned one more thing. I’ll keep working at this. I think it’s worth while. An exercise in consciuosness. We are stronger in the confidence of knowing.

So here is a video of a set of five simple projects that can be made with a basic toy motor a battery some wire and a small block of wood. Warning! making one of these projects can lead to hours of either frustration or intertainment depending on your point of view. In either case you’ll end up with a nice conversation piece.

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I got the motors from (AllElectronics).

but you can also practice recycling and hack them out of old toys.

Have fun…

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