|Project by hunter71||posted 01-25-2010 01:48 PM||2625 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
This is from a series of 10 exotic hardwood tractors I am working on. Each has a different wood and each has a different appearance. 100% hand made, no imported finials, pegs, wheels. Here I used contrasting woods and colors to make a statement. The Purple Heart body was allowed to sit for 2 weeks to get the full colors out. Maple and Box Elder make up the light colored woods. These are also the smallest tractor tires I have tried on my homemade tire machine. Sanded to 400 and poly satin sprayed.
Now you have seen a purple tractor!
I think I will enter this in the L.J. winter contest. Here is my statement for Yin Yang.
YIN & YANG
The challenge of creating a work using Yin and Yang was a tough one for a toy maker. I went to Wikipedia for some answers and left even more confused. I had to think on this one. It is raining today, and the sound of the rain on the steel roof allowed me to think about all I have read about this ancient Chinese myth and how it could relate to my main work.
Since everything has a Yin & Yang I moved to color to make my project exemplify the theory. Traditional colors of things give quick reference to the nature of their meaning. Here I have reversed the colors and brought in new colors to my tractor. Never seeing a purple tractor I chose Purple Heart for the body. Hard and strong it gave a positive association to an otherwise common shape. The light woods are Maple and Box Elder and are a strong contrast to the normal blacks associated with tires, steering wheels and exhaust. The tires are of course round and show the continual movement they are designed for, the tilling of the land to feed the people. The finish is satin giving the comforting feeling that all things Yin & Yang mean and the ancient Chinese version want us to experience.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.