Bi-Polar Bear

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 10-07-2012 02:49 PM 7936 views 8 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title may not be original but this design is. This is an anamorphic design (it only looks right viewed from a particular angle), which I think looks a little like a polar bear. There is a negative image when viewed from the opposing corner, hence Bi-polar Bear. This is a shell, EZ Mitre box.

Dimensions – 100mm square x 60mm high on a 6mm pedestal base.

Materials – Holly, Ebony and Birch veneer, Birch ply. 4mm MDF core with Maple border.

Adhesives – PVA and viscous CA.

Finish – Spray satin acrylic.

And before people start to whine that I am making fun of of people with bi-polar disorder, I am one, so save it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 02:53 PM

It really came out great! It certainly does resemble a bear when you look at it from the right angle. Very (ahem) “cool!”


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 02:55 PM

Martyn This is another amazing box in long series of amazing boxes ,you truly are the Andy Warhol of box making.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 02:56 PM

This one is a real winner! I love anamorphic designs to begin with – couple that with your high skills at box making and what you come up with is a true piece of art.

Great job Martyn!


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#4 posted 10-07-2012 02:57 PM

Love the title!!! like picture 4..great view of it.

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 03:01 PM

anamorphic huh

seems there are no brakes
on your brain martyn

well done

-- 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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#6 posted 10-07-2012 03:08 PM

Cute !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 03:15 PM

Another winner.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 03:34 PM

In your profile Martyn is states that you ‘like accuracy’, and this and your other creations certainly indicate that the phrase might be considered an understatement!

I love your work, and you excelled yourself with the red chessboard – it was superb.

If I can be a bit lighthearted about the BP aspect, without being offensive to anyone, do the different aspects of your personality work on alternative stages of production, e.g. design and execution ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 03:44 PM

That first photo looks exactly like a Polar Bear. Really great concept for a box.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 04:01 PM

Don, no the different aspects, hyperactivity and depression affect my overall life. When I’m depressed I can get nothing done, design or build. When I’m hyper I have ideas for boxes (and everything else) literally all the time and do stupid things like make and release two boxes in two days.

Spoontaneous, I seem to remember that the title makes a good concept for a spoon as well! Sorry I ‘borrowed’ the name for my box.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 04:03 PM

Dali’s chessboard was great, but this one does really show that how you look at something can determine
what it is to you. Picture 4 makes it look like a heart box. Thank you once again for sharing your work with

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 04:30 PM

Martyn that is very neat

The circles in the corners are

some feat. On two sides is ok but

three sides is amazing.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 10-07-2012 04:35 PM

Spectacular as always, Martyn. And thanks for the laugh this morning (“I’m not, so save it.”) This one is quite the optical illusion, viewed from different angles with lots of interest, but my favorite part of it is that hint of brown wood you have at the bottom of one corner. It saves it from being ‘too regimented,’ and gives it some life, some imperfection. This is just a super job. Good for you! I admire your skill.


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#14 posted 10-07-2012 05:12 PM

Very creative…

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#15 posted 10-07-2012 05:15 PM

Precioso y como principiante es un estímulo para copiar
Salu2 Manuel

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