Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010


Facebook: "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. -Thomas A Edison"

Friday, March 19, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Coffeebot (40 cup model)

It's a boy!
Originally uploaded by Friar Junk

Coffeebot is made from a 40 cup coffee pot, a bun warmer, extension ladder feet, and camera lenses.

Grinderbot was made a couple of years ago. He's made from a Starbuck's mint tin, vacuum tube, Dremel brushes, copper tubing, and electric motor parts.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I made Greeniebot for my oldest daughter for Christmas 2008. He's modeled after a robot in an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.
BMX footpeg, led flashlight, typwriter parts, electric motor parts.

Old Yeller

Old Yeller
Originally uploaded by Friar Junk

Old Yeller is a good boy. He likes kids and other robot dogs. He's made from old skates, an antique flashlight, some sorta chrome grill thingy from an old car, and fan blades.


Originally uploaded by Friar Junk

Gloria is made from a wooden salt shaker, an old circular saw blade, clock parts, and printer ink. She now resides at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Holstein, WI where my friend Vicki is pastor. Gloria was a 'Thank You' gift to the folks of Gloria Dei who sent me a great pile of junk from their church rummage sale.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

I just finished this fellow yesterday and I'm not sure what to call him. Some possible factors in naming him: My wife and daughters, who have been known to pronounce my robots as cute, are all creeped out by him. Indeed, this may be the 'darkest' robot I've made. He's one of my favorites. He's also my first wooden robot.
Possible names so far: Skullbot, Bone-bot, Ezekiel-bot, Zeke-bot. Do you have any ideas?
Materials: His head is from a Mardi Gras necklace, his body is a handle from an old awl, arms and hands are from an old typewriter, cogs from an alarm clock, and my favorite parts of him are the old ball and socket joint shoulders that I have no idea what they are originally from.
My next bot that has a skull might have led eyes.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Juliette loves dancing just for the sake of dancing plus, she loves the feel of her pony tail swaying as she moves. She's made from an antique trasistor radio, flashlight, and ice cream scoop handles.

Happy Boy

Happy Boy is one of most colorful robots so far. He's made from an antique flashlight, a scan of a 1940's erector set, plumbing & electrical parts, and Jello molds.
He now resides with my pal Kristofer in his office at Sparkhouse in Minneapolis.