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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 11-02-2013 09:43 AM 1923 views 9 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On the same principle of building a football, 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons, I built this 160 mm diameter spherical shape from plywood. I would like to call it Plywood Bubbles after the way it looks.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 09:49 AM


Its beautiful – maybe a museum quality piece?? I think you should post the process… I’m interested in knowing more and I bet there are others on here that are, too.

Did I say amazing? Beautiful??


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#2 posted 11-02-2013 10:21 AM

Real cool Sam

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 10:41 AM

You have done it again Sam, real beauty in this one. Great work mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 10:43 AM

Beautiful work, the result of master craftsmanship. I too would like to see the process, can’t figure out how this was done.

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 10:58 AM

Sam, another amazing project…. How you come up with these is beyond me…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 11:17 AM

Very Very Cool. I to would like to know the how to’s. Is it hollow inside

-- I Saw What I See

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 11:37 AM

عمل رائع وجميل وأنا أعلم أنه يوجد صعوبة بالغة في التلميع والسنفرة ولكن هذا ليس صعب علي فنان موهوب
يحب علمه ويتقنه ويعمل بتحدي كبير
عمل رائع

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 11:52 AM

This ball is yet another turning wonder that shows how creative and talented you are Sam. Marvelous work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 11:59 AM

An amazing piece. Ultra cool.

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 12:00 PM

Just too cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 12:02 PM

WOW, Sam, that is a work of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-02-2013 12:25 PM

Beautiful work,outstanding!

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 12:37 PM

Wow, that’s incredible.

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#14 posted 11-02-2013 01:01 PM

Awesome, have to try it

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#15 posted 11-02-2013 01:20 PM

Ok, I figured out how you made it.

It would take me a month to do the glue up.
To get the beautiful sphere turned, I’m thinking I’ll have the skills in another 40 years. Just you wait! I’ll have one of these masterpieces turned out by 2053. ;)

Ok I lied. I don’t know how you did it. Did you use double thickness on the ply? I count six rings. Maybe you just had the top layer of ply and some hard wood underneath?

This project makes me want to get a lathe and start destroying wood.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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