Featured Artist – Robert Niclas Jr.
Q & A
Q: Tell us a little about your art.
Q: Why did you start doing what you do?
Q: What makes you different from others in your field.
Q: What are your biggest influences?
A: I was greatly influenced by various art forms when I was growing up, living in Iran, and then visiting museums in Europe where I greatly admired incredible pieces of furniture and carvings.
Q: What has changed since you’ve first started?
A: Instead of drawing on a drafting table, I now use the computer and draw in 3D modeling using SolidWorks, then programming what I’ve designed and will cut components out on a CNC router.
Q: Tell us something most people don’t know about your process.
A: It takes me a great deal of time carefully selecting the right piece or pieces of wood for a project.
Q: Does your work comment on current social or political issues?
Q: Where would you like to go next?
A: I’d love to move more into making musical instruments. I’ve thought of a new design for my electric violin, and would like the time to implement my ideas. I also have changes I’d like to improve on the electric cello I’ve made. I also have designs for electric guitars for clients.