[[ Most recent Update: 28 September 2012. ]]
Here is a sample of works in progress in the woodwork shop:
A ball carved within a dodecahedron. I started this project by cutting a solid dodecahedron, then carving to ‘liberate’ a ball within.
This project turned OK, but the result is not altogether satisfying, so I have not bothered to finish the carving with coats of varnish.
The major challenge here is carving a near-perfect sphere within the dodecahedron. There are a number of different ways to approach this sort of thing. I think it may be best to do the ball and dodecahedron separately, then combine them for the finished product. One way to do this would be to cut a finished dodecahedron in half, hollow it out, then insert a sphere carved separately into the dodecahedron. Another possibility is to build a ‘stick-figure’ dodecahedron around a ball. Each approach presents unique challenges, and the idea is to develop a method that results in the best finished product.
Sadly, wood carving has been somewhat neglected for the past few months because of various distractions. I hope to get back these and other woodwork projects soon because working with wood is one of my favorite things.