Cepheid is a wooden kinetic sculpture named after pulsating stars. Its curvy, ray-like forms slice and meld into each other as they spin and rock in a seemingly random motion. As Cepheid is set into motion by its spring and magnetic escapement mechanism, it creates a unique visual display of dancing shapes and mesmerizing patterns.


Intriguing Illusions

Cepheid's subtly spiraling forms move in opposite directions to create the appearance that they're slicing into each other, while also appearing to grow and shrink.

Magnetic Escapement

This ratcheting mechanism allows Cepheid's spring to give the sculpture a "kick" from any orientation. Regardless of which end is facing up, the mechanism will work to keep things moving.

Organic Forms

Cepheid's shapes match its motions; they're smooth and flowing. All the forms are curved and tapered, with no parallel lines, and almost no straight edges.

Easy Winding

Hold the rear of Cepheid stationary with one hand, and turn the front clockwise with the other. A full wind will allow the sculpture to run for about and hour and a half.


Size 24.5" h x 17.5" w x 5.6" d

Motion Spring Powered

Run Time
1.5 hours

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Cepheid Sample Plans  

Cepheid Sample DXF  

The sample plans are a snippet of the purchased version. They contain a list of the tools needed, specifications for all required hardware, as well as samples of the wood patterns and assembly instructions.

The sample DXF file can be used to test CAM software compatibility. For builders with CNC machines, the purchased version of the plans contains DXF files for all wood patterns.
  Cepheid Woodworking Plans

Woodworking plans are delivered digitally via email.
Plans are sold securely through PayPal and are delivered through Payloadz.

Plywood parts can be cut manually with printable patterns in PDF format, or they can be cut with a CNC machine using the included DXF files.

Plans contain two PDF document sizes:
• 8.5" x 11" paper for instructions and small patterns
• 11" x 17" paper for large patterns


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