Art Prize 2011

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Blog series by tyskkvinna updated 09-14-2011 02:09 AM 13 parts 30358 reads 106 comments total

Part 1: Planning

06-24-2011 04:10 PM by tyskkvinna | 18 comments »

If you’re not familiar with it, Art Prize is an open art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, every autumn (for a few years now), but is open to any and all artists from all over the world. I think last year roughly 1700 people were in it and 40% or so were not from Grand Rapids. The top prize is $250,000 (chosen by popular vote), but most people enter Art Prize for the exposure. Which is my intention.. I wanted to blog about this earlier, but I opted against it...

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Part 2: Design Progress

06-27-2011 03:42 PM by tyskkvinna | 6 comments »

For the past several days, I’ve been messing with the images used to make my elevation of earth. I dug around and found various maps and data and combined them to be what I needed. I had a finished map done previously, but magically my computer ate it over the past year- I think in one of the backup/transfer sessions it got stuck in the ether. anyway. I made an image I liked and then converted it into a three-dimensional model. This is full scale- that is to say, this model believes ...

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Part 3: Getting there

07-31-2011 07:53 PM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I’ve been very busy on my project, but most of the work for the past couple of weeks has been extremely technical. I had to split my map into levels- you’ll see why in a few minutes. It was… tricky. You can kind of see what I am doing. All that work and I ended up with something that looked like this. The black parts are the actual levels and the grey parts are the buffers. Separated out it looks more like this. Now, what I determined from a...

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Part 4: Ready to Cut

08-05-2011 04:32 AM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I glued in the rest of the pieces today. The big three (Americas, Eurasia-Africa-Australia, Antarctica) were glued in with wood glue and then weighted. I let it dry for about 10 hours and then brought it up on the router table. Lightly etched where the top layer pieces go and then busted out the industrial CA. It comes with a spray-on coating for one piece and glue for the other side. WORKED AMAZING! Everything is settled and hanging out happily on the table. Tomorrow I start cutting. ...

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Part 5: Rough Cutting

08-07-2011 02:24 PM by tyskkvinna | 9 comments »

On Friday I was able to start rough cutting. Unfortunately, it took me most of Friday to also figure out the best way to program this beast. Late in the day I sorted it out and made some real progress. However, my cutting bit was toasted. I continued on while I searched where I could procure a replacement in town. I was able to get it in the afternoon yesterday. Once that was in, it started going significantly faster (and better). I stopped around 10pm last night and the table is ro...

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Part 6: Finishing (is deceiving)

08-10-2011 03:41 AM by tyskkvinna | 7 comments »

I finished the rough cutting! YAY! And I started finishing cutting. The reason I say this is deceiving is because I really need to finish cut twice, and then of course after the finishing cutting is done I have to.. um… actually finish it and then do the rest of the table. :) In this image I’m roughly 1/3 to 1/2 done with the finishing. (Which is where I left off today!). I should say.. FIRST PASS. Hey look, Florida! :) You can see a nice before/after here. Y...

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Part 7: Back at it

08-24-2011 12:48 AM by tyskkvinna | 5 comments »

So I ended up getting kind of sick immediately after my last blog post and I haven’t been able to work on ANYTHING because I just spent two weeks laying down doing nothing… and to make sure I was good and recovered I removed the temptation and spend two those weeks with family a few hours away. Today is my first full day back.. it’s nice to be back at it! This arrived in my absence. :) It was part of a trade we did with a good friend in Missouri… I sent him a...

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Part 8: Progress

08-29-2011 06:30 AM by tyskkvinna | 11 comments »

I’ve been busyyyyyyy. I glued together a bunch of plywood that I previously cut on the panel saw. Man, I love that panel saw! :) My pile of plywood waiting for me. You’ll have to wait and see what’s going to happen with that. Ignore the pink spray paint… I was painting the clamps and since the wood is going to get carved into pieces anyway. I took these- they were turning blanks… I milled them down. We will return to this later. Thi...

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Part 9: Glue!

09-04-2011 06:08 AM by tyskkvinna | 3 comments »

I’ve been busy milling down hunks of wood to the same dimensions. wee! I got the jointer! It’s been very handy so far. I’ve been happy with it. I then did a bunch of glueing and a lot more milling and ended up with a bunch of little boards. And I made a bunch of little boards with just maple, rather than maple and something exotic. I spent a lot of time today listening to WRRRRRRRRRRR (in addition to EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE of the sheet router).... ...

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Part 10: Yay.

09-05-2011 06:21 AM by tyskkvinna | 5 comments »

A short update today, that is also very big. It is off the sheet router. :) The sheet router feels empty! Weird. :) And I put a note on it to warn passers-by about touching it. It has to sit on sawhorses in the shop for a few days while I finish the legs. 150+ hours of machining and 200+ hours of programming. Whoooo! I still have some gentle finishing to do in random spots to get rid of marks that happened when the top of a level was a glue layer in the ply.

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Part 11: Barreling towards the finish

09-08-2011 07:36 PM by tyskkvinna | 9 comments »

I finished the plain set of blocks. They’ve been routed on the edges and I’ve added some shellac to it. They’re spending today getting many layers of laquer… I’m also spending today finishing up the exotic blocks. And I turned the first piece of many for the rest of the legs. Wee! They are made from oak, which is not a wood I typically work in. A friend of mine gave me four oak 4×4’s that were about four feet long. I cut them up into 12 inch...

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Part 12: Hey look! A table!

09-11-2011 04:07 PM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

Look! It’s a table! :) The legs aren’t glued together yet so if you are wondering why the bottom blocks are kind of crooked there is your answer…. A view from the underside. You can only see the brace if you stuck your head under the table, but I still wanted it to be a little fancy. I’m going to sand it and shellac it shortly. A view of the side brace up close. Both sides have the compass in the middle. I am SO excited that it is standing o...

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Part 13: Finished and Installed

09-14-2011 02:09 AM by tyskkvinna | 9 comments »

You can see the final Project Listing up! But I wanted to wrap up the blog too so it wasn’t hanging. We installed the table yesterday at the hosting venue, Holiday Inn. And it was kind of an…... event. I ended up waiting at the hotel for over an hour for the glass installer. We’ll just say it was a rough day for everybody. But he arrived, sheet of glass in-tact and we installed it. And then I made the table opening about 1/32” too narrow so we took a chisel to i...

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