|Project by KnickKnack||posted 10-22-2015 10:50 AM||1640 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
So I was sitting in my workshop working on another design – just doodling really.
Outside it was Wild with a capital W and I saw the trees bending in the wind – and an idea popped into my head – that a lot of small, pretty feeble things could perhaps, in quantity, become pretty strong.
Well, as is my won’t I became somewhat obsessed with how I might capture that in a piece, and my mind wouldn’t let it go – no matter how I tried to get back to thinking about what I was “supposed” to be thinking about, it kept returning to this theme.
In the end I gave in and decided the only way to exorcise it from my mind so I could get on with my life was to make it, so, after a few days trying to work out how to do it, I did, and this is the result – ”Strength In Numbers”.
I did some experiments in highlighting the stick joins on the top – a paste made of very fine sawdust and glue worked well…
The dots around the edges are done with the same technique, except using rottenstone – I tried dying the sawdust, but the stain tended to bleed into the surrounding wood, which I didn’t want. I used a countersink to hollow out the surroundings a bit, and, having spent the best part of 2 days inserting sticks, I superglued them into place and sanded them down flush…
So – the verdict…?
Well – the “numbers” bit was always going to be a bit of a gimme – inquiring minds might want to know how many sticks there are – a lot.
As for the “Strength” – well – the table top does move very slightly (no triangles) if you put your hand on it and try, which is sort of interesting – but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to actually bend or break – so I think “Strength” gets the tick.
All that said, I can’t say as I really like it – “interesting” – yes – pretty – not really.
But them’s the rubs.
Plywood and 3mm BBQ sticks.
50cm x 33 cm x 29 cm high.
Finished with Linsed Oil.
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