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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 07-11-2007 06:43 AM 3481 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – this was one of those really sweet, creative jobs everybody dreams about.

I was asked to design a sculpture based on the design in the entry door of the house my brother and I built (the Cooper House).

From the direct front and rear view it appears as the design in the door. As you move around it becomes a mutidirectional abstract. Very Cool! That particular idea came from a creative friend of the client’s and I was asked to develop it.

The model is in 1/4 scale and currently the dimensions put it at 9’ 6” in diameter. The finished sculpture will be in steel. The model is painted with Rustoleum Hammered Metal paint and it really helps show the possibilities of the finished project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com





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Dorje

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#1 posted 07-11-2007 07:12 AM

Looks good! That’s all glued up ply at this point – right? How did you make the “O” part?

Also, where will this massive (at 9’) sculpture find it’s home? Outdoors or in?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 07-11-2007 12:41 PM

Yep! That’s abstract. One thing about abstract you can’t go wrong too often. That’s a unique twist from the side. Thanks Todd.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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scottb

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#3 posted 07-11-2007 12:45 PM

cool design!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 07-11-2007 01:00 PM

The finished piece will reside outside the house in the driveway loop. This will place it across the driveway facing the door that inspired it.

The construction of the “O” consisted of kerf cut plywood and hot glue, lots of hot glue. I do have progress photos. I have limited time to get everything into the computer and then into the site.

I will work on my new found skills to get more to you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 07-11-2007 01:43 PM

OH MY GOODNESS.

1. the design. Yah.
2. the woodwokring skills to create it. Uh Huh
3. and then to envision the final sculpture. Oh my goodness.

Will your model also be saved and shown in a place of honour?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 07-11-2007 01:58 PM

Well MsDeb, believe it or not, all of my models have ended up being burned when finished with.

The only model that I still have is for a piece that has not been built yet. That piece is often seen in the background of various photos in the shop. It looks like a piece of doll furniture. I have lost the various tops of different profiles that go with it from moving from Ohio to MT.

I probably won’t burn that one, I will give it to the grandkids to play with. It is more refined and of a scale that can be dealt with. All my other models were rough like this current one and too big.

I made models for the chandeliers, the entertainment center, and the torri gate stands. All gone.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 07-11-2007 02:27 PM

that breaks my heart.

For the scupture.. no .. for any project I was having done, I would find it even more amazing to have the model displayed as well.. for me, it really adds to the wonder of the finished piece.

so, when I am a millionaire and can afford such a sculpture I will be sure to ask for the model as well :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 07-11-2007 06:22 PM

I think the full size version will look great. I’ll bet if you painted the model a flat black, or a metallic color it would look sharp, & someone would buy it .

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 07-11-2007 06:33 PM

Wow…this is really a great piece of art, Todd.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gbear

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#10 posted 07-11-2007 07:20 PM

The design is great Todd. I agree with Dick, paint it flat black or metallic & someone will definately buy it or it would look great inside the Cooper house.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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mot

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#11 posted 07-11-2007 07:33 PM

That’s really cool, Todd!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 07-12-2007 03:18 AM

The clients and I had a pretty good conversation tonight hashing out the medium for the final sculpture. The original idea was to do it in steel with a rusted finish or rusted with an acid. I had the idea of a rougher metal with fused glass in it. The clients also talked about copper or bronze. They also thought that a small version of wood for indoors might be good. I agreed. I think black walnut would be a good choice.

In the end I said that they should live around it for a while and see how it feels. Determine what they do or don’t like (they really like it overall) and we can make changes.

It is just a model but the shop photos don’t convey the balance and proportions very well. It really is neat to walk around it and see how it changes in front of you. There are several different ways you could express this piece and I have no doubt they would all look neat.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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David

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#13 posted 07-12-2007 03:20 AM

Todd -

Very cool project – thanks for sharing!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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scottb

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#14 posted 07-12-2007 04:31 AM

can’t wait to see it in place… have you posted the door photos already so we can see the launching point – or should I have looked before typing this?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 07-12-2007 04:48 AM

very very nice !!!! a dream job !!!!!!!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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