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BC-AD - Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow

on Thu May 10, 2018 8:15 pm


Stone tools digitally fitted with custom-designed handles

Meditating on humanity’s oldest tools: knapped flit, shaped to cut, saw, hammer and puncture, Tel Aviv-based design duo Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow felt it was time to take and rethink them in a contemporary context.

Looking to the mastery of tool-making and its driving force in human advancement, Drach and Ganchrow’s ‘BC – AD’ project is a result of their experimental exploration of the realm of tool making. Stone and flint tools have been the means of our ancestors’ survival for over a million years, magnifying our bodily (teeth, fingernails, fists etc.) capabilities of cutting / chopping, sawing and pounding.

‘As product designers, we are fascinated by the prospect of integrating thousand-year-old cutting implements manufactured by knapping (hitting one stone against the other or with the aid of a striking antler / stick) with the most contemporary cutting-edge design and manufacturing technologies. Here we look again as these basic tools with our current perspective and knowledge of tool making to ask the following: what happens when these two polarities meet? How will their meeting affect the ‘natural’ existence of each entity? What new forms are generated? How does the digital age influence the making of such tools? and how does ‘craft’ get updated in the process?‘ – Ami Drach + Dov Ganchrow

Their ‘design investigation’ takes several routes: they used actual prehistoric stone tools as well as ones they knapped themselves to understand the working stages and morphology to produce a series of flint tools.
One set of stone tools were condensed into a singular object. They were scanned three-dimensionally and digitally fitted with custom design handles and produced using three-dimensional printing technology. The flint’s knapped surfaces let form to the computer-generated surfaces and at times the forms were contrastingly juxtaposed. This particular study lies in a cultural realm at the intersection of materials and technologies, functionality and time, all on a very tangible scale.

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Re: BC-AD - Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow

on Thu May 10, 2018 8:24 pm
De gele kleur van het handvat doet denken aan modern gereedschap.
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Re: BC-AD - Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow

on Thu May 10, 2018 8:25 pm

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