Friday, March 4, 2011

A field of Arches

After seaming, bending, and laminating 117, 1/2" x 1/16" x 24" basswood strips, the final result is field of structural wood arches that can hold 2 standard brick, with a little deflection. I am pleasantly surprised with the final product of this project. Initially I wanted to create a structure of bending and twisting pieces of basswood, but after experiment with several parameters, such as wood thickness, lamination, glue type, and spacing of the arches on the base, a very simple and orderly configuration was decided upon. Having to regulate the thickness, length, spacing and shape of the bended wood seemed to put a lot of constraints on the project and made me believe that the final product would be very regular and very linear. However, when the project started coming together and the arches stared to to form, each laminated arch took a shape of its own. This new development help to shake up the regular patter I thought was going to take over the project. I have a few little things to tweak before its really finished but I'm pretty happy with the end result.

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