|Project by Colin||posted 07-16-2010 10:46 PM||1580 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I was looking for an idea for an item to enter into the Novelty section of the Woodcraft competition at a local industrial show. The concept came from an article in the Summer 2010 issueWOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED by Larry Wolterstorff
The earth has magnets sunk into it, as has the outer ring of the base plate set in the opposite magnetic direction, this causes the earth to spin by some unseen force. The immortal words of the “first man on the moon” are carved onto the moon. The hardest part was transferring a true representation of the continents onto the wooden ball I had turned. The earth is suspended on fishing line with the height being adjustable by a brass turn button. The project certainly creates interest with great discussions as to what is making the earth move.
-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"