Alphaclamps

Making C-Clamps out of every other letter in the alphabet

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Wed, Aug 27th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On this Instructables how-to, artist Robb Godshaw shows how he has created the Alphaclamps, a series of C-clamp-like clamps (say that three times), out of every other letter in the alphabet. At least now we know why there isn't a market for L-clamps.

This set of Alphaclamps is an exploration of tools and their form. From the I-beam to the C-clamp, the latin letterforms seem to have a chicken-egg relationship with the letter-shaped tools that bear their name. Is the C the basis for design, or simply a descriptor of the form? Curious about how the other letters would work as tools, I set out to explore the mechanical utility of the forsaken letters of our alphabet.

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