Magic wand - Varita mágica

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Project by Marpintero posted 09-18-2012 02:04 PM 1716 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Challenge-14: Balancing act
This simple magic wand is the chance result of pleasing proportions turning on a small piece of wood (Peteribí – Cordia trichotoma) who was hanging around the shop (that ended in turning around) ... Magically, and without looking, the center of gravity of the wand ended up being right in the central core of it. Attempting to make it sure that I do not get … lol.

Desafío-14: Acto de equilibrio
Esta simple varita mágica es el resultado azaroso del torneado de proporciones agradables en un pequeño trozo de madera (Peteribí – Cordia trichotoma) que andaba dando vueltas por el taller (y que terminó dando vueltas en el torno)... Mágicamente, y sin buscarlo, el centro de gravedad de la varita terminó quedando justamente en el nudo central de la misma. De intentar hacerlo seguro que no me sale… jajaja.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 02:11 PM

Well, it IS a magic wand – you should expect some magic!

Perhaps that is because of the lovely proportions though, and not so much the magic.

I really like it balanced on the stand – not only shows off the wand but shows us some magic too.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 02:28 PM

Very nice work! I looked up the tree because it was unfamiliar to me. In the Magnolia family.

I love the stand! Did you have to make many attempts to get the wand to balance so well?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 02:43 PM

Very nice!

I remember making a ‘magic wand’ for my daughter from a piece of branch (should I say twig?) I found in a forest. It was just scratching the bark out, and carve some rune-like caracters.
No sanding, no finishing, no painting, no tools.. nothing.

Two years after, that magic wand is still among the kids toys, and it’s still ‘working’. Once in a while you can hear my daughter casting spells to her brother!


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#4 posted 09-18-2012 04:51 PM

Kay: yes, is a “magic” wand… lol
Wdwerker: the wood is really beautiful. I did not mean that the wand has that balance, I just stayed at the “first attempt”...
gepatino: wood is magic by itself… The kids know it.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 07:11 PM

You didn’t even need smoke and mirrors to perform this balancing trick!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 11:25 AM

I love the “coincidence” of the balancing point.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 11:40 AM

Thanks for participating in this challenge

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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