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Blog entry by darryl posted 10-11-2010 07:15 PM 2844 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an attempt to push my segmenting skills, and release some pent up artistic desires, I’ve started work on a sculpture. Not wanting to bother with building something functional, I decided to focus just on the form aspect of the piece. I drew out the design on graph paper to help with the layout of the segmented rings and got to work. There are three seperate sections of the sculpture that will be attached in an as-of-yet-undecided fashion. The design concept is that of an abstract flower.

The first section of the sculpture is eight inches tall and has a diameter of about five inches. There are 384 segments in this section. I am quite happy with how the first section compares to my initial drawings. Though I will readily admit that turning this piece is much more complicated than any of the bowls or wine bottle stoppers I have ever done! But, afterall, that is really kind of the point of this piece!

The second section of the sculpture grows out from the middle of the first section. This section is about seven inches in diameter and six inches tall. So far I have only turned the outside of section two, I hope to start turning the inside later tonight.

One of my favorite aspects of this piece so far is that you cannot see to the bottom of the inside of section one where section two will be connected. I like that sense of mystery and was happy to see that transition in 3D.
Once I finish turning the inside of section two I’ll start work on section three.

~~~ any comments/critiques would be wonderful ~~~



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#1 posted 10-11-2010 07:37 PM

Oh wow! This is beautiful and I can already visualize the third piece however the shape you form may not be what I envision. According to what has been shown, I see a larger more rounded form flowing out from it. You may have another idea and I would not impose my ideas upon you! Thanks for showing.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 07:48 PM

amazing.

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 02:34 AM

Awesome!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 07:22 AM

Really Cool, Darryl! How many pieces so far?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 01:51 PM

There are currently 696 pieces included. I may have to rebuild the second section though… it’s not looking to positive right now.

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 06:29 PM

Very unique concept, I like it very much.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 10-13-2010 12:18 AM

Sweet. I like it (them).

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 10-13-2010 01:33 AM

I don’t have much hair left these days JorgeG so it’s really not a distraction!
Thanks for the encouragement guys! Gives me the sense I’m headed in the right direction.

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#9 posted 10-13-2010 02:57 AM

Ok, I’m super happy that even with all the wobbling that was going on as the second section spun on the lathe I was able to get it turned without ruining it!
And with the second section now in place I’m even more excited about working on this piece!

Now on to cutting, gluing and turning section three…

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#10 posted 10-16-2010 11:20 AM

Amazing work Darryl.

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#11 posted 10-16-2010 03:59 PM

Masterful!!!
You’re really pushing new boundaries. I love it.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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#12 posted 10-16-2010 05:18 PM

Thanks Loucarb.
Wow Gary, Thanks! But I have to tell you… if it weren’t for this guy in FL that I met through my day job, I’d probably still be making projects with just a single piece of wood!

Thanks again for that initial push!

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