|Project by vipond33||posted 05-02-2012 11:51 PM||5799 views||22 times favorited||28 comments|
Warning! Please put on your $400 sunglasses before viewing this post. Otherwise you might be blinded! or deleted! – but most likely not offended.
It all began when we were cruising the project pages quite recently, sweetcheeks and I, with me showing her your many, many wonders in wood. Eventually we decided to navigate over to SPalm’s page (for she likes his stuff).
Flipping the pages she stopped and pointed to one, the Mobius Cutting Board, and somehow without reading the title said “Dad, why is his box on a stand?”
“Why that’s because it’s not a….....uh, that’s because he wants to show it off better” I said, and we gazed and marveled for a little longer and moved on.
Project by SPalm posted 666 days ago 3130 views 48 times favorited 36 comments
The idea was born. For with that board Steve had rendered in 2D what was 3D or maybe even 5 or 6 dizzying dimensions and I wanted to turn it back; make a box that looked just the same.
But not so fast, not so simple for my dull brain. I started out by making a diamond shaped top and sides, for that’s what I could see, but the assembly geometry and veneer dimensions defeated me – me with my degree in philosophy and failing grades in math.
How was I going to make this make this ”without a lot of fancy measuring and cutting”? Couldn’t be done I thought. Fast forward to a dream last night and it hit me upside the head. A 2D object looks the same from any position (like the photo above) while a 3D cube is ever shifting. But from one perfect unvarying point they will merge into one and look identical. But only one point.
The Zen dream would have it this way: You are walking through a Japanese garden, making your way by stepping on stones placed in the manicured dirt. The next stone in front of you is somehow awkwardly placed and as you reach out your hand to steady yourself on a perfect post, you lift your gaze and in the middle distance discover a small opening cut into the bushes and through it see – a perfect flower, visible from nowhere else in the garden. “Ah, grasshopper, this is the ur flower, the picture in your mind, existing only for you, only for this moment”.
From there it was easy. I made a square box, scaled the photo and veneered it. It’s quite remarkable, perspective that is, and how your eye and brain play tricks. For the broad bands of veneer on my box are 1 3/4” wide while the parallelograms are only 1 1/8”. In SPalm’s board, all are the same.
Using photography I then turned it back into two dimensions and the ur moment. With the camera on a tripod carefully adjusted for that single point of view and adding 2500! watts of light from six directions to eliminate shadows and depth of field, it returned to its maker, 666 days later. (Scary number, this is where some of you pathetic non-believers go poof and are deleted).
It was some real bright in that room (I worked with my shades on) and when I was done I thought, sheesh, idiot, are you crazy? What a lot of work just to pull someones leg!
But then I remembered Russell Crowe (as John Nash) saying to a friend in the film “A Beautiful Mind” “There’s no point in being nuts if you can’t have a little fun”.
5” x 5” x 5” About 4 hrs.
Same woods, shellac and wax.
Build on LJ’s.
my homage of the source
the starter and finisher
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