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Project by Bob Collins posted 11-12-2015 09:44 AM 1350 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a bit of a change to the shells, by leaving out the inner segments from which I made a smaller shell (see pic 6) then filling with potpourri (hell of a job stuffing into those slits) JOKING. This is marine plywood of 30 segments and sitting on a piece of red gum stump which I will re carve to accommodate the smaller shell.
A couple of coats of poly. This is 7” diam and only a trial project and lots of room for improvement. There are 24 segments in the small shell.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 09:55 AM

It is nice and somehow scary because of its real look. It is always interesting things to do with ply wood.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 11:37 AM

WOW, that is beautiful, Bob and what a great display with the piece of stump. I was just going to ask what kid of rock was under it.

Super job on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 12:37 PM

That is spectacular…..what else can I say

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 01:03 PM

Bob this is very cool. Well done

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 01:29 PM

Raising the bar, once again, Bob! Beautiful!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 02:28 PM

It’s a good day to see some Amazing work! Between you and Sam my mind is in a twist! Beautiful work Bob!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 02:34 PM

Nice job!
how did you cut the segments out of the wedges? before or after you made the section? also did you change the angle of the cut or the pitch of the segment in different portions of the shell?
Again awesome job love the look of it!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 02:47 PM

I can not get over the realistic look of the plywood. Excellent work Bob, my compliments.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 03:02 PM

Man, you’ve got this shell thing down to a science…......way beyond art

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#10 posted 11-12-2015 03:05 PM

very well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#11 posted 11-12-2015 03:28 PM

Very nice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 11-12-2015 08:19 PM

This is getting pretty tricky Bob, where did you get the design, or, is it of your own making?
love the base / stand it sets it of just great.
Very well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Bob Collins

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#13 posted 11-12-2015 10:51 PM

Thanks for all the comments, this was a brain flash “I wonder if this will work” so now to improve on it.
xquietlyxfly – lot of info on the net re wood spiral shells but I use more wedges and various angles.
Pete – same system as Steve Garrison’s but I play around with wedge sizes, angles etc, as you know us Assies are smart a…s so yes mate it is my design.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 11-13-2015 01:34 AM

Absolutely wonderful Bob, you never cease to amaze Mate.
I’ve looked at these shells for some time now, and get a panic attack every time.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 11-15-2015 01:58 AM

Bob, you are an Artist. Beautiful work. It all looks very realistic and alive. Just like the shells we used to look at and collect from the rocks in coastal Queensland when I was a child. I will look forward to many more “Bob Creations”. Thanks for posting this project.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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