Paul and Brad continued to research different ways to create the curly q’s and spiraled metal. We were glad to have the minds of Paul and Brad on the team to figure this out, as we knew it was not an easy task. We needed to use a material that was lightweight and malleable in order to bend into curls. Klara approached Paul during a design meeting with small gauge wire wrapped around a pencil and then pulled apart in different sized curls. How were we going to create that in full scale?
After deciding to use conduit pipe, we used hossfeld bending dies and a shop made bending jig to fit the conduit pieces in and manually bend the pipe that we picked up from Menards. Klara and the design team wanted various sizes of spirals, twists and curls, and the trick was to bend the pipe without causing kinks in the turns.
All of us bent at least a pipe or two, it was cool to see how each one ending up being a unique shape. We were glad when the conduit was all bent, and a bit anxious when we knew the next step was to put them all together….