The Incredible Gravity Well Marble Machines
Artist and woodworker Larry Marley has been creating and designing an annual ‘Gravity Well Marble Machine’ since 2016. With each succeeding version, the design gets more difficult and elaborate. From the satisfying sound of metal on wood to the path from start to finish, these amazing contraptions are a pleasure to watch.
Most works begin as a series of thumbnail drawings. Once a design is clear, a full-size mechanical drawing is created. Then important dimensions can be estimated and entered into a software application he designed to process this information and create a cut list. The pieces are then cut, assembled, and usually turned, carved, and sculpted to final form.