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THE ROUTER


The Cooper Union owns one of Manhattan's largest wood shops. Immediately we set out to explore its many tools.
The router drew my attention because of its sheer loudness. Although small and handheld, it easily drowns out any other tool with its 15,000 rpm motor. drawing it in plan and section revealed to me its inner mechanisms, its relation to the human body and the wood it cuts.
The exploration coalesced in an expression of a new entity that emerges between the tool, the body, and material, dubbed the "ghost". Here, I sought to give mass to the physical voids surrounding this trio in motion.

Professors David Gersten, Susan Wines, Anthony Titus

Cooper Union; 2005