Experimental Spiral Cone

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Project by EPJartisan posted 05-02-2011 06:50 PM 2059 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 07:00 PM

this is just to cool

congratulations on persevering towards your goal

the results are truly awesome

cone heads will be clamoring i’m sure

the possibilities are endless
(in a spiral kind of way)

-- 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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#2 posted 05-02-2011 07:10 PM

Looks like you’ve been watching old SNL reruns. It’s cool, can we get a cone forest picture when you’re done?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 07:33 PM

Very very cool. No longer experimental, I suppose; looks pretty real to me!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 07:54 PM

Pretty cool. That’s thinkin’!!!

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

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 07:56 PM

I have to say you took this technique to the extreme.
This is wood stretching at its finest.
I use a similar technique to make bowls but never this deep or with a spiral.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 08:29 PM

super cool

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 08:45 PM

Very original and looks to be nicely carried out. I admire your creativity and diligence.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 05-02-2011 08:46 PM

Thanks! :) It was a learning process. There are many mistakes that I know what to watch for and will avoid on the next one. Like grain matching and making smoother angles, there are a few cracks and some places are really thin. When my camera arrives I will post a close up of the grain… which is AWESOME!! One of the guys i teach, watched me and then wanted to make one himself. I set him up, showed him some pointers and he had a 12” cone, with a slight curve, glued up in just over two hours.. mine took 2 weeks of careful figuring and obsessing.. LOL. Makes me feel good that the process is simple and now I can have fun. This is why I teach!!! To know what I know.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#9 posted 05-02-2011 09:08 PM

GREAT HAT! No really, great work. I love curved and sculptural work in wood. Looks like an experiment that really paid off.

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#10 posted 05-02-2011 09:30 PM

I’ve got to say that that’s wild! Great experiment.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-02-2011 09:55 PM

Okay, so you want a real challenge, right? How about making a FRACTAL one? ;)
I’m a great fan of your result BTW, and of your sense of humor too!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#12 posted 05-02-2011 09:57 PM

It looks like you should be in a Dr. Seuss book.

-- Billp

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#13 posted 05-02-2011 10:08 PM

Now more seriously, I would really see this as a wall table “base”, like the one our fellow LJ tinnman65 posted a while ago here

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#14 posted 05-02-2011 10:23 PM

EPJ, I like! Creative work and pretty intense! You do have enough patience for all that sanding….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 05-03-2011 12:19 AM

I’m easily entertained ! I love it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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