A status update...I guess the first

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Blog entry by thewoodartist posted 09-29-2010 08:42 AM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have to start somewhere, so I guess I’ll jump in the deep end and start swimming.

The projects I’ve posted thus far are all completed things. If you’ve looked at them, you’ve probably concluded that I enjoy working in small scale. That’s true. It’s not exclusively true, but many of my pieces are “miniatures.” Shortly I’ll post some pieces that aren’t.

I only have a couple of rules. First, I never make the same thing twice. Not even if you ask. Not even if you ask nicely. The challenge is in the creation, and mass duplication doesn’t interest me. Maybe that’s sad, but it’s true, and it’s my rule.

Second, I seldom make “production” products. I could make kitchen cabinets or bookcases, but I don’t. At least not often. I prefer to make pieces that are more in the realm of art.

Now, art is in the eye of the beholder, so if you don’t consider these art, that’s fine. I’m not offended. I know they’re not for everyone.

Oh yeah. There’s a third rule. While I work in “inches” I seldom use a tape measure. My tool of choice is an electronic micrometer, and I work to .001 tolerances. I know, it’s crazy. However, I enjoy it, and constantly amaze myself by holding to it. I’ll ignore it where it doesn’t really matter, but that’s not very often.

Currently, there are several different projects clogging the shop space. In no particular order…

There is a very large gravitram I’m ignoring, entitled Chaos Theory. It is a combination of woodwork, chaos, and art from found objects. When completed it will have two ball risers, and everything imaginable (and unimaginable) included. There’s a lot of wood, but a lot of other stuff too. Mostly “junk.”

There is a barrel organ, most of which has been moved out of the shop at the moment, mainly to make room for other things. I need to get back to it. The casework is largely done, although some of the carving remains. The pipes are done. The air chest is done.

The main, current project…at least the one getting the attention…is a dream gone bad. Imagine combining a Transformer (the toys that change from cars and trucks into robots) and a Wooten desk! Yeah, I know, it can’t be done.

Well, it’s being done. The entire casework is purpleheart, with trim and details of many other woods. In the robot form, it looks like a purple, 6’-6” robot standing against the wall. Transformed, it looks like…a purple Wooten desk, complete with lots of cubicles, drawers, and little niches to hold stuff. The interior is mainly padauk, satine, and monkeywood. As of this moment, the legs are done (sorta) and I’m working on the casework for the “chest” and “shoulders.” While I hate posting pictures of “in progress” stuff, I might be able to come up with something if anyone’s interested. Otherwise, the work just continues, with lots and lots of purple dust in the shop.


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#1 posted 09-29-2010 11:38 AM

that wood bee very interresting to follow such a wild thing
so a few pictures of during rest of the process wood bee very niiice :-)

take care

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 12:32 PM

I thought Rule #1 was ‘No Names’ (The Transporter), oh, no, it was “Never change the deal”. Hey, rules are good, but they ARE made to be broken. :) Carry on…

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 12:37 PM

It seems like you have some very interesting projects going on and some interesting methods to carry them out. Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll love it here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 04:26 PM

Pictures of any of your work is very interesting! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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