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Wooden Screw

120" x 192" x 24"
fir, steel, electric motor, bearings
1974

A giant, wooden, motorized worm gear slowly drives two large wooden wheels. The vertical wooden screw rotates, driving two large wooden wheels. This kind of screw is often called a worm gear.


..."Wooden Screw, a large wooden device that moves in what appears to be a very purposeful motion driven by an enormous, very precise wooden screw. But...it does little but entertain." Pat Craig, The Contra Costa Times.


"...[Wooden Screw] keeps and amiable awkwardness in its operation too. Given the possibility for error in the choice of pairing seven- and eight-armed rotors, making these rotating elements, which flank the central screw, mesh just right into the screw-grove is a considerable feat.

But Tuck characteristically allows the piece to lampoon his own ingenuity. The rotors are mounted on wheels so that, after a certain amount of time, combined effects of small irregularities of the meshing will move a rotor slightly away from the screw, necessitating a slight push to put the rotor back into place.

All's well, the piece emits a reassuring clunking sound, to tell us that its mechanism is still at work."Jeffrey Wechsler, Catalog for Rutgers Exhibition.


Wooden Screwis currently in the permanent collection of El Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.


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