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07-27-2008 09:02 PM

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Check this fellow’s net gizmo made from wood scraps


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 07-27-2008 10:54 PM

That is quite a thing, Bob. It offers a colorful interpretation of your signature as well. :)

I want to do something that may or may not be a little unorthodox here at LumberJocks. I don’t know, because I’m very new. I’d like to see what happens if we compare and contrast two very different things. I don’t necessarily mean we ought to try to figure out which thing is better, though if you have an opinion about that, you might as well state it. I understand that these things are apples and oranges. However, I believe one can understand one’s work better by trying to identify other things in the world that bear resemblance to that work, especially when those resemblances are not obvious.

The thing I have in mind is Dennis Zongker’s Griffin End Table. Stylistically and functionally, they’re not at all related. They do both show a remarkable facility with craft, and a level of commitment or obsession over a long time.

What else can we learn from each of these things in light of the other?


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#2 posted 07-28-2008 12:54 AM


What a fantastic device. I have had an interest in these types of “toys” for some time and even tried to make a few. Believe me, these are every bit as difficult to make as any “stationary” piece of furniture.

Here is a web site of a group that makes a living from animated devices-


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#3 posted 07-28-2008 02:22 AM

The most amazing thing that all these gifted people share is the ability to see the entire action in their heads before they even pickup a tool.
We have many athletes that have this gift as well and we celebrate them only as having “physical skills” where , to me at lest there is a special thought skill not readily apparent.
The other more obvious talent is the ability to focus on the task and stay with it to perfection.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 02:29 AM

Does anybody else think this guy looks like Santa? I really, really hope that I get one of these for Christmas! I’ve been really good! Absolutely amazing!

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 04:07 AM

now thats just awesome!

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 04:40 AM

I bet he makes for a wonderful grandfather to his grandkids. Thats going on my own theory that tinkering grandpas are the best.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 07-28-2008 05:07 AM

Amazing! What is amazing to me is the mechanics behind all that and the fact that its all wood. Right down to the gears and all. Just amazing!!

-- Steve-o

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#8 posted 07-28-2008 05:26 AM

What an amazing piece – but I would have figured a way to automate the turning process with some electric power – or battery power.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 07-28-2008 07:04 AM

Crazy! What a feat of engineering!

Great workmanship.

Looks like good exercise too.


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#10 posted 07-31-2008 04:55 AM

Amazing…all it needs is wind power so he doesn’t have to wear his arm out. Watching him slide it around the table shows its not a delicate finicky thing either…very robust. That he planned out the modular components so he could do maintenance on them is truly mind boggling. I wonder who he is?

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 07:43 AM

That is the end result of a mechanic/engineer just having fun, I wish I knew this type of artist, stop by the shop Sunday afternoon, see things I could never conceive, learn, and be amazed. Yea, that would be nice…....

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#12 posted 07-31-2008 02:14 PM

That is not Santa that is his cousin from just south of the North pole.
BTW 147 days to Christmas :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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