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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 1511 days ago 4806 views 19 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A tumbling blocks (or Louis Cube) pattern?

No.

Check it out, those are hexagons.

This board was inspired by Steve (Spalm)’s Staggered Steps board which triggered a memory of the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The board is approx. 220×340mm and is an endgrain one made from Sapele, American Black Walnut, Sycamore and Steamed Pear. Finished in a food safe oil. At present it is only sanded to 150 grit, I may take it to 240.

Title comes from a spoof movie of Sherlock Holmes (thats where the band got it from too).

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com





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OttoH

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#1 posted 1511 days ago

Very nicely done Martyn, you do enjoy messing with peoples heads in choosing your patterns! Has this piece joined the others on the Stairway to Devon?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1511 days ago

Otto, no is not on the stairway but it may make an appearence in my ‘small’ exhibition at the local museum, starting tomorrow. I’ll blog this when its set up.

Yes actually I do enjoy messing with people’s heads.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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SPalm

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#3 posted 1511 days ago

Very nice Sir. Very nice.

That is a really cool design. And once again you do an extremely fine execution of it.

How was the glue-up?
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 1511 days ago

Amazing blocks (Hexagon) in varying arrangement. HOW MANY HEXAGONS are there? I just finished my weekend woodworks and I feel relax after seeing those hexagons in a stairway of whereever directions moving… Thanks for sharing.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1511 days ago

It really is beautiful, Martyn. The colors are amazing together. I can’t see you ever really using it as a cutting board. I also loved the pictures of the shore rocks which inspired it. Great piece!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 1511 days ago

Steve, fraught is the only description that does the glueup justice.

As usual I made the pattern up, dry, on the workbench first. Then transferred it piece by piece to the clamp ‘buttering it up’ as I went. Even then I managed to get one block the wrong way around and had a devil of a job removing it from the middle of the pattern, turning it and replacing it. Much swearing in several languages.

Bert, 53 full hexagons and 24 parts of hexagons. The rest of the shapes (the step sides) are four sided.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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patron

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#7 posted 1511 days ago

well done there professor ,

another ‘step’ in front .

the best in your show ,
i know you will get standing raves ,

(unless there are chairs , LOL) !

-- 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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grizzman

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#8 posted 1511 days ago

what a beautiful job..but…its not a box…...lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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BarbS

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#9 posted 1511 days ago

Another great one, Martyn. Congratulations on the upcoming show. No matter how ‘small,’ they’re always a feather in the cap. Pretty exciting.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 1511 days ago

Excellent job, Martyn. I wish I had the patience.

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

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patron

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#11 posted 1511 days ago

gee charlie ,

i thought you are a patient ?

-- 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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rowdy

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#12 posted 1511 days ago

Martyn, that is a really, really nice board. Like everyone else, I don’t know where you find the endurance to complete one like that! I also wanted to thank you for posting the pics of the Giant’s Causeway. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing that part of the world in 2007 and your photos brought back some great memories.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 1511 days ago

For those of you wondering this is what an individual piece of this pattern looks like.

Its made up of one hexagon of Steamed Pear with one foursided sycamore and one walnut piece attached. I didn’t use this one because of the obvious gap.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 1511 days ago

Rowdy, you’re welcome.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Jonathan

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#15 posted 1511 days ago

No matter how stunning and beautiful a piece might be on its own, it seems that when there is a story such as this, especially with pictures, it always amazes people more, or at least, allows them to relate a bit; they get a glimpse of what inspires, or inspired the artist. I think that is what takes some of these already magical pieces to the next level, such as this work.

A most amazing and inspired job Martyn!

Did you want us to try and guess which block it was that gave you such a hassle? ;-)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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