Prometheus Transformed #3: Belated update

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Blog entry by thewoodartist posted 12-10-2010 06:27 AM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the month of November devoted to NaNoWriMo, my time in the shop has been limited lately. Nevertheless, I have managed to get a bit more done.

Prometheus is a somewhat military guy, so his “robot” facade includes some typical military images. For example, he has participated in a number of famous battles and campaigns. Of course they were back in the early Greek days, but nonetheless, he was there. As befitting his experience, his “chest” includes a rather impressive “salad bar” of decorations.


At the point this picture was taken, the inlay hadn’t quite been sanded flush, but you’ll get the idea. With the exception of the brass, these are all different woods.

Here is the central carcass, with the interior egg crate loosely installed. The shell is purpleheart, and the interior is padauk. The slots are sized for CD’s, DVD’s, and various desk supplies. Some have drawers (not shown) that are faced with leopardwood. The plywood block on the bottom right is only there for support, since the facing section in that area must be removable to access the power strip and some other electronic things.


Lastly, here’s a shot of the carcass mounted on the leg assembly. At this point, the whole piece is slightly more than 4’ tall, with shoulders (and arms) and a head yet to come.


That’s all for now. Everyone have a great Christmas.


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#1 posted 12-11-2010 12:33 AM

That’s rad!

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 11:36 PM

Well? It’s been over 2 years since this was last updated.
Is thewoodartist still with us?
Did this ever get finished?

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 06:57 AM


Yes it’s finished, and, in fact, it is living in Memphis now. I stopped posting largely because I discovered that this site was not exactly what I originally believed it to be.

I assumed, wrongly it turned out, that it was largely composed of people who had a serious interesting in woodworking, who wanted to learn and grow, and who were willing to share in the successes of others regardless of their relative skill levels. I expected there might be a few trolls around, simply because that’s almost a given in any internet community.

However, what I found was much different. I got tired of the “so what” messages and the “I could do that much better” and the “This is stupid” and the “who would want some piece of crap like that” and similar messages that bombarded me. The answer to all of those folks was initially to just ignore them, but then I just got tired of the whole thing. I don’t claim to be “the best” on the site, although I have been introduced to several who do make that claim. Oddly, without exception, none of their work is on display.

So…it’s just easier to not invite that response. For that reason I’m not posting any pictures of it completed, nor will I link to the videos of it being installed or “transformed.” I see no reason to subject the client to that response. They’re happy with it, and so am I, and to me that’s what mattered in the first place.

At the moment I’m working on a large scale creation based upon the original Antikythera Mechanism, combining its features with a clock/calendar mechanism that will account for leap years in addition to adjusting for the moving holidays of the pagan year. It is entirely wooden gearing, and should accurately display the time and date, the cycle of leap years, the progress of dates through the zodiac, the major and minor shabbots of the pagan calendar, the cycle and phases of the moon, a complete geo-centric display of the known planets (the Greeks knew about Jupiter and Saturn but nothing further out)...and a helio-centric display of the planets (possibly including Pluto) in their relative orbits. I may or may not include the moons of the individual planets, simply because their orbits are not always in the same planes. The clock/calendar portion of the mechanism is completed…with a carved and inlayed face about 1 meter square. I’m about to start working on the gearing to connect to the lunar and geo=centric face and design the proper gearing to adjust for the movement within the elliptical orbits and the rotation of the orbit itself. So…yes, Prometheus got done and was delivered in August of last year. He transforms, he carries weapons (included), and he talks.

Thanks for your interest.


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