|Project by EPJartisan||posted 05-02-2011 06:50 PM||2181 views||8 times favorited||25 comments|
I have always wanted to create a spiraling cone out of wood. I made only one prior to this over 6 years ago, but only 10” tall. I am in process of sampling out wood shapes and techniques for 10 sculptures I need done by March 2012. SO I decided to make a large spiral out of a slab of elm I had since 2006.
USing the band saw to cut concentric circles on a defined angle (3-10 degree) so I could stack each ring on top of the next. Gluing the rings closed, Cutting and sanding them to slight angles so the cone spirals up.
The best thing about this is the repeating patterns the wood grain makes. Conceptually, each ring layer represents a time back in history, for life is an endless spiral of repeating joy, anger, stress, bills, deaths, births… you know “the more things change the more they stay the same”... I find life is actually the little changes, the nuanced differences between each repeating issue that we use to find our goals and purposes, or even despair and hatred, but we see from our past as much as what we see right now.
Yet, the result of this cone (30” long, is cut out of a single 8.5”x8.5”x3” piece of Elm) is so exciting I see many many more projects coming that involve spirals. I will take ALL suggestions for projects. I am sampling stains and finishes today, so expect more of these.. of all shapes, sizes, and colors. And it makes a great hat too.
Sorry for the bad photos, my new Canon 60D (with video) camera arrives today!! ~ e
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