Yin Yang: "The Void"

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 01-28-2010 10:48 PM 5010 views 5 times favorited 78 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jan 28/10

“In the beginning there was nothing… nothing except the possibility; and if there was the possibility for one thing then there is the possibility for all things”
~ Ojibwe story of creation

One day, after the Awards event was announced I was given a vision – a vision of a possibility. I hope I have done it justice.

In this sculpture, the centre, the walnut base, represents the Void, from where all possibilities begin, and in the middle of this is a crystal which represents a Possibility.

The layer of maple wood in this sculpture represents the physical world – all the possibilities that Are.
Beyond the veil of the physical is the Void, the source of all possibilities.

The edges of the sculpture hold elements of the physical world:

  • shells, representing the water realm
  • pine needles, representing the plant world,
  • pebbles, representing Mother Earth
  • feathers, presenting the bird/animal world

Yin Yang: the physical and spiritual worlds united creating the whole—all that Is and all that can be.

The Project
I blogged the creation of this sculpture. As I stated in the blog the project was all about “the curls” and the process used to open up the layer of maple to show the walnut behind. (yes, it was a curling iron)

Also note: no walnut was painted in the making of this Yin Yang project.

(and a thank-you to Ted & Norah at Roarockit for the donated maple veneer—remember the skateboard that I made so long ago? I’ve been holding onto the special piece of wood. It had a purpose and it was waiting for the Possibility.)
Inspiration for the sculpture: artwork in a book by Jamie Sams

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 10:51 PM

wow thats beautifull

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 10:58 PM

not quite my kinda thing but very good story behind it and really cool ideas, ive been waiting to see it since the curling iron blog baffled

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 11:02 PM

thanks Pommy :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 11:02 PM

:) It really was all about the curling iron!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 11:38 PM

That’s very cool!!

Great design, interesting and beautiful features.


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

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 11:39 PM

thanks Mtn Jack :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 11:42 PM

Beautiful! Great Job, DebbieP!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 11:53 PM

Way to go! I like it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 11:57 PM

Did you do a lot of LSD when you were younger? :-)

I’m just kidding. That is one extremely cool piece of art. I am most impressed.

And….. you didn’t paint the walnut! A++

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

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 11:57 PM

You outdid yourself this on this one Debbie. A very intelligent yin yang entry. Really unique from a woodworking perspective and a great story of what it represents. I’m really impressed. I’m not participating in this contest because I’m kind of busy with other stuff right now, but If I had it wouldn’t be anywhere near near as good as this one. Good luck with your great entry.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-29-2010 12:09 AM

Beautiful sculpture Debbie and an excellent story that is associated with the meaning of the art. I appreciate the special touches and the creative method you used to achieve the effect you wanted. I am sure your entry will do very well.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 01-29-2010 12:16 AM

I have to agree this is pretty cool and it is reflective of your unique personality. Deb, you certainly are one of a kind. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 01-29-2010 12:28 AM

Very nice. Love the story and the curling iron tie in as well as the mixed media add ons. I would love to see the piece photo grapherd from the side as well.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#14 posted 01-29-2010 12:34 AM

Debbie: A great work of art. A wonderful creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 01-29-2010 12:46 AM

thanks everyone :) Chopper: I posted another photo, from the side. The sculpture is sitting on top of a box because there was some poly. that had dripped onto the bottom and I didn’t want it to stain my piece of leather that I used for the background. I edited the top of the pix to eliminate the corners of the leather (because of the colour they were confusing)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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