Alec Danaher








First Post

Sorry in advance for the somewhat rambling nature of this first post. I'm building this website and wanted to get a few thoughts down for my first post before I publish the whole thing to the interwebs.

I've been working on my handmade business, New England Carving, for a little over 2 years now creating laser cut wood art and functional objects. As I have developed my artistic voice through building up that business, I have become really interested in computational design. I started by doing by designs in Autodesk Fusion 360 because, well frankly, it's free for hobbyists and startups and I have prior experience with using AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor in college. I also started experimenting with generative art, first in the R statistical programming language (since I have experience in that from my day job) and then in Processing. I really enjoyed creating art in Processing and was able to make a few designs that I ultimately turned into products for New England Carving, but I felt somewhat limited by this tool for the purpose of creating 2D designs for laser cutting and definitely for 3D designs for 3D printing.

As I was looking for inspiration for new designs, I kept being drawn to designs done in Rhino 3D and Grasshopper and gradually got more curious. I didn't pull the trigger on signing up for a free trial of the software until a couple of months ago, but I eventually did and have been learning computational design over the past few months. I'm really enjoying it and want to continue developing new designs, both to offer for sale through New England Carving, and to consider getting into digitally fabricating larger sculptures, which is an area I'm really curious about. I hope to use this portfolio website to share my progress and document what I'm learning!