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Atomic Compass- Kinetic Sculpture employing magnetic suspension

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Project by Strombergm posted 239 days ago 3062 views 65 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Atomic Compass is a new variation on the compass them I have been working on for a few years now. As with all of my sculptures, I utilize magnetic suspension to keep the pieces afloat.

To truly appreciate this piece, you should check it out in action. It is truly memorizing.

Here is a link:
http://youtu.be/pDj_pml-AW8

The compass is made from walnut, Purple Heart and maple woods. The frame is bent maple, and the base is made with walnut.

There is a 2” magnetic gap between the compass and the attracting pendent.
This compass is rarely still. It twists and turns, while floating in space, with the slightest provocation (wind, earthquakes, your breath you, and my favorite- a nudge..).

The compass, is 14 inches wide. the stand is 20 inches high and 1 inch wide.

Thanks for looking!

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Without feedback, it is hard to push the limits.

Thanks,

Mike

-- Mike





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EggMan

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#1 posted 239 days ago

Really cool. It doesn’t point north does it?

And is there a magnet in the cross and the pendant?

Thanks.

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Philip

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#2 posted 239 days ago

Wow, that us amazing! Hats off for that one.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#3 posted 239 days ago

Awesome! What kind of magnet did you use to hold across a 2” gap?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 239 days ago

Another cool build!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 239 days ago

Absolutely love the uniqueness of your work. Stunning. I would love to see a blog on your work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 239 days ago

What a great idea. Super nice.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 239 days ago

This is really cool and totally AWESOME! What kind of magnets did you use? Rare earth? What size? Absolutely love the and the video is awesome. Great job and thanks for sharing. Welcome to LJ’s

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#8 posted 239 days ago

Very cool and very unique….. excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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shopdog

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#9 posted 239 days ago

Love it. Great idea and build

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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Strombergm

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#10 posted 239 days ago

Edit (for another 60 minutes)

Hello everyone- I gotta say, I am blown away by the support and encouragement here…. I never would have thought there could be so many creative, talented and supportive people in one place….. Thank you Jim Arnold, for turning me on to LJ!

A couple people asked about what kind is magnets I use for these sculptures. I use large rare earth magnets. They are strong enough that they will crush your finger if your not careful. They are also extremely tricky to work with. As you all know, magnets are attracted to just about every tool we use in our craft. At some point in every project I do, a part will get ripped from my hand and sent flying across the room… I started working with smaller rare earth magnets when I began designing Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard. Once I had figured out how to embed and shape the small wooden magnetic pucks, I was able to fathom some of the bigger stuff I am working on now….

—Mike

-- Mike

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mrjinx007

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#11 posted 239 days ago

Looks great. Did you used a unipolar magnets? If not, I wonder whether it would make any difference in result.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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redbaronstoys

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#12 posted 239 days ago

I love this sculpture. I like how it appears to float.

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JC_WW

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#13 posted 239 days ago

That truly is amazing. How do you attach the magnets? Are they simply glued in place or do you drill a hole and plug it so the magnet is hidden?

-- Justin C.

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#14 posted 238 days ago

Well that’s just stinkin’ cool.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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#15 posted 238 days ago

Beautiful woodwork,and way cool ….

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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