ROBERT (Bob) BROWNLIE "functional sculptures" that serve as conversation pieces...

The first piece I made was a device for my daughter to carry as part of her steampunk costume for Halloween, using parts I had accumulated over the years.  I then started to make a variety of decorative and functional items in a retro or steampunk style for my own collection.

I learned metal and woodworking while growing up on an Iowa farm. I started working as an engineer at Bell Labs in 1977.  Upon retiring from Nokia in 2018 after 40 years of mergers and acquisitions I decided to make items to sell. 

I call my pieces "functional sculptures" since they serve as conversation pieces while having a practical use or performing an action using light or sound.  I compose them from brass, iron, glass, ceramics, and wood using as high a portion of vintage materials as possible so each item is one-of-a-kind and has a distinct visual impact.  

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