Impossible II

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For those of you wondering what I was going to do after ‘The Impossible’, here’s your answer.

This is a wall hanging 270×220 x 11mm.
The pattern itself is end grain and about 6.5mm thick on a 4.5mm birch ply backing.
The woods are Purpleheart, Padauk, Pau Amarello and Ebony with an Ebony border.
The finish is water based polyurethane. Oh and the photography is a bit amateur.

I hope you enjoy it.

The method is blogged here

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 03:27 PM

Wow. This is totally awesome.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 03:27 PM

Thank you. I am enjoying it. It is oustanding and I cannot come up with words this early in the morning. It wouldn’t suprise me if this ends up in a different medium..quilts. Just outrageous..

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 03:29 PM

Michelle, sorry didn’t think about the time


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 03:32 PM

Unbelievable ! I look at this and get a different 3-D view each time I look. The depth is incrediuble.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 03:32 PM

That’s really busy in a good way. I would hate to use that because it looks so good. Great job.

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 03:36 PM

WOW, you really have a talent for this. Very Impressive.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 03:41 PM

I really love how you played on the grain, especially with the purpleheart. It almost looks metallic. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 03:48 PM

Wow, Martyn. Another really beautiful project. I love the combination of wood you used. The grain in the purple heart really catches the eye. You did another incredible project. :)


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

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 03:51 PM

Oh my, the Mad Professor is at it again.
What a teaser.
A Beautiful pattern.
Did this one get a special glue up?

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 03:51 PM

I’d never have all ten fingers left after attempting all those cuts!

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

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 03:53 PM

this belongs in nasa’s next ‘deep space’ voyager !

it will certainly bring attention,
to ‘lil old earth
on a galactic scale .

i hear you are slated to teach a new class , profesor

and that stephen hawkins is the only student
that qualifies so far ,

maybe a couple of vulcans ?

well done martyn .

i could say you have outdone yourself ,
but i doubt it ,
just another weekend project .

-- 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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#12 posted 08-02-2010 03:53 PM

Wow, it’s amazing what can be done with wood. Such a great illusion to the eye. It’s hard to look at and figure out how you put this all together. Brilliant!

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 03:54 PM

The master at work.

Nicely done Martyn!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 03:55 PM

I humbly take one knee and bow to your mastery.
I am speechless.

You are the master!


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#15 posted 08-02-2010 03:59 PM

John, It was done in several stages.

The pattern had been reduced (in my mind) to six triangles, each made of five parts.
Stage 1 glue up the triangle sticks. Glued and taped.
Stage 2 glue the six triangles together, in the right order, to make the hexagon. Glue and tape. Cut it into slices then..
Stage 3 the final glue-up was quite a mundane one. Twentyseven hexagons/ half hexagons, some masking tape and glue.

For once I didn’t even break a sweat, at any stage.

Thanks all for the positive feedback

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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