|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 11-06-2011 05:06 AM||5273 views||7 times favorited||17 comments|
~Yes, how COOL would it be to wear your favorite wood on your face 16 hours a day?
I bought a new pair of glasses on October 3, 2011. On October 26, while putting on my safety goggles, I didn’t realize I accidentally drop it on the floor. As soon as I stepped back, I broke the legs of my 23 day old glasses and my heart felt crushed cause I really liked them. Plus, it takes me a long time to break and replace a pair.
While picking up the broken pieces, I looked around my shop, my wood and my tools… I started to think. After a few minutes, I suddenly had a smirk on my face.
The Mangkono (Philippine Ironwood) wood is my favorite and one of the strongest/hardest wood in the world (see _http://www.ehow.com/about_6507071_mangkono-tree.html_). It has a natural brownish-purple color and the one in my dad’s collection is about 150yr old. I focused all my energy on personalizing my glasses. I used a solid piece of wood, bandsaw, diamond grinder, belt & disc sander and my travel-size carving set. Then, I used the parts and hinges of the broken pair, jewelry making kit and had my Dremel for finishing and buffering.
NOTE that any ordinary wood would break with the thin cuts I made, especially the ear brace area. I also had to try it on a thousand times to get the right fit since its my first time to make one. It was a good challenge going from a 6ft giant chair to an 8’’ eye glasses.
Anyway, I’ve been wearing it for 10 days now and it works like a dream. I get to wear Mangkono on my face like a geeky woodworker. Its the perfect conversation piece! If people ask for a sample of my work, I can actually say “you’re looking at it”. I’m happy to be a walking ad of my work. =p
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com