Hi LJs ;)
A contest has been running at my university since January 7th. Neat subject: “Retro future”, the future seen from yesteryear. Well the bait got me and so I decided to enter it (hey there’s an iPad [mini,alas] and a few other goodies to be won!).
So my idea was to mix up things from different time periods and make it look like a 30s advertisement.
I had been saving four 50s Nixie display tubes to make a clock for my father (work in progress which will be posted here), add a few other things as references to my family and university, and so I needed a clock face, oak preferably.
So this is where the woodworking comes in: cue a slice of white oak from a pallet from my old urban wood gloats, and there we are. I had planed this board after resawing to 3mm thick a few years ago with several others and had been keeping those in my bathroom, in case I needed to build small boxes out of solids.
After printing the face drawing, I routed out the four holes for the Nixie tubes, attached small aluminium brackets with CA glue, and the woodworking part was done at this point. Here is the face:
Next was a matter of putting the whole thing together on my table:
making sure that the tell tale stuff wasn’t visible in the final picture, light the Nixies, shoot several frames, tweak it, shoot again
add the text and effects in Photoshop, and there you have it:
You can see it in its full glory in my flickr stream right here.
Hope you enjoy :)
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...