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Project by GnarlyErik posted 06-01-2015 10:32 PM 1477 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

”Another Abstract Product of a Chaotic Mind”

This is my third recent ‘Wood Sculpture’. My wife has been very ill recently and since I am full-time caretaker for her I have not tackled any bigger projects of late. But these little ones are fun and very therapeutic too. I can spend as little or as much time wedged in between other demands as I want.

All the components came from bits and piece – leftovers really – from other, earlier projects which I keep in a box for such things. There is anything from pine to cherry, mahogany, ash, walnut, ply, you name it. There are end cuts from lathe work, pieces which didn’t work as first intended and so on. My method is to get a few likely pieces out of my box and try to make an arrangement with them. It is funny how they just seem to work themselves into something pleasing. Once I am happy with an arrangement – it seems to tell you when it is right or nearly so – I then glue or otherwise fasten the bits in place. I often make a change or two in the process as well when something else looks more right. As a deviation from my earlier ones, this one has a number of screws and washers in it, as well as a short piece of brass chain. I also make all the frames for them out of whatever seems fitting for the work. This one is walnut and measures 18” x 12” counting the frame.

I like to title the pieces too, and try to let the piece determine that – and that seems to work too. I will jot down a few things – and sometimes think I have it, but when I sleep on it often something else comes to mind, as happened in this case. I liked a title with ‘Crank’ in it since there are a number of crank like pieces in this one. When I went to bed I had ‘Cranksville Junction’ in mind, but when I awoke in the morning I knew ‘Crankery’ was it. Strange how that kind of works if you let it.

My wife loves these things, and was a little hurt when I gave another one to someone else. So I felt I kind of owed her this one, even though she says they look like products of a chaotic mind. She’s probably right about that but she is slowly getting better too, so there’s that!

Oh, and there’s a little custom stand for it too – see the last picture.

I will likely do more as I have plenty of pieces left to work with.

-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 06-01-2015 10:42 PM

Looks like you missed your calling Erik. Oh well, there’s still time.
Best wishes for your wife’s speedy recovery.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 08:25 AM

Anamatronics next no doubt?

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 09:51 AM

Innovative use of your bits and pieces.
You might be interested in the
“Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre”.
Or the”Millennium Clock Tower”,
made in collaboration with Tim Stead the furniture designer/maker.

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 12:48 PM

This is not a chaotic art, it is the way our brains work and you have done an excellent job of showing how beautiful the connections in our brain are.

-- Singa

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 05:01 PM

I like the flow of this piece!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 09:53 AM

Realy amaizing work made of pieces I wouldn’t know what to do with them than put them in fire. It’s realy good looking. It could be a nice present.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-07-2015 12:12 PM

I’m sorry about your wife and I pray that she will recover from her illness. However, it’s a blessing that your woodworking relaxes your mind and body from the stresses and strains of life. I like this piece. It will be a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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