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Project by DaveHanson posted 09-08-2009 04:29 AM 1361 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my latest chipcarving project. For a number of years, I have been trying to find a pattern to make a sunflower, particularly the seed pattern. The problem is trying to create the spirals in the seedhead. As it is, the number of spirals found in a sunflower are in the mathematical sequence 1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,... where the next number in the sequence is the sum of the prior two numbers. This sequence is called the golden ratio, and is found quite often in nature. This pattern has 21 spirals going clockwise and 34 going counterclockwise. I finally found something that sort of worked, so here it is. The plate is a 14” basswood plate stained with a light maple stain, and finished with 3 coats of spray polyurethane.

Enjoy.

-- Dave





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Rj

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 04:40 AM

Wow This is Outstanding!! I love the directional flow the seed pattern makes. The name suits this peace to the tee!

Great work!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 04:52 AM

Very nice work

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 04:58 AM

this is really ” golden ” .
very well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 04:59 AM

Amazing!! That is awesome….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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scrappy

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 06:22 AM

I’m not going to count the seeds! Looks great to me. Lots of patiants to accomplish this detail. Fantastic design and build.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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DavidH

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 06:32 AM

wow, a true piece of art!!

what are the wood choices?

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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degoose

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 10:28 AM

This is really what it is all about!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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stefang

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 10:50 AM

What a fantastic piece of work. I’ve done some chip carving myself, but nowhere near this quality. But I do know what a high skill level you possess to turn out such work. I also like that you are a stickler for the details, which adds even more value to the piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 11:56 AM

Very impressive!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 12:59 PM

Wow! I got dizzy looking at all the detail. Beautiful work and a great piece of Art.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 01:20 PM

Very impressing!! What a masterpiece!!

-- Uwe

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 02:37 PM

Very nice!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun on that one. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 02:45 PM

Really cool, but that sequence of numbers is actually the Fibonacci sequence, it does create something really close to a golden rectangle but it’s a bit different

This article discusses the relationship

Very cool carving :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 03:15 PM

It came out beautiful.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 04:08 PM

Wow Dave really nice great job.

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