Model of Gassendi Crater   6 comments

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24cm model of region around 111km Gassendi crater.  Model cut from 5/4 maple lumber.  Scale roughly 1:750,000.

Quickmap (http://target.lroc.asu.edu/q3/) view of Gassendi brightened up a bit.

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Posted March 16, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

6 responses to “Model of Gassendi Crater

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  1. Super, as always, Howard

    Off the record: why Maple – is it a more workable, resilient-a-wood? Certain graininess may be interpreted, by the uninitiated/inexperienced, as slight rills that don’t exist. A silly note, I note, but more relation to the wood used most useful (I did carpentry/sculpturing for years, and while each dictated different approaches – I’m assuming you are playing around with/what hard versus soft woods work best.

    In any case, superb work.

    John

    • Basswood has the most undistinguished grain but it is very soft. I bought a lot of maple to make molds for thermoforming and then stuck with the originals. The photo exaggerates the effect, but a lunar geologist I know made the same complaint about grain but as a misleading topographic indicator. The models are sculpture: scientifically accurate but to be appreciated as woodcarving.

  2. Of course, the science is expected, which is why your works are always super and correct. But what of the ‘smell’ of a wood being configured in to such a wonderful object – my nostrils thrill to such rubbings and shavings of so.

    John

  3. As to the complaint by said-mentioned geologist – he/she obviously is looking at the model at a detailed level (how the grain effects interpreted as geological features etc., are shown), But I’m sure it’s not a critical comment, but more just an observational one at a serious level (but seriously not accepted – one has also to see your works as artistic, if not scientific).

    John

  4. Perhaps, artistically scientifically…or would it be scientifically artistic: a fine, objective/subjective view or line – no doubt. Whichever, a work done!

    John

  5. Pulp wood as a medium…hmmm – at least it would eliminate the grain effects??? Though, that said, the grain effects in the previous ‘woods’ have their own, unique character – don’t you think. Once-offs!

    John

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