(1733 - 1804)
he is most well known for his discovery of oxygen, Joseph
Priestley wrote the first comprehensive history of
electricity, published in 1769. The book includes a
detailed description of several static electricity
machines. He was so taken with one of the designs
that he decided to manufacture and sell it.
machine is shown below left in a copperplate
illustration from Priestley's book.
no complete examples of this machine survive today, I
decided to construct a faithful reproduction of the
machine, using the illustration and description in his
book as a guide.
the wood base carved by Lee Grindinger, a very talented
furniture maker from Montana. The glass was blown by
Seattle artist David Smith of Blowing Sands Glass Studio.
I did the rest of the work myself.
machine stands a little over three feet tall.