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.
Posted March 16, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized
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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.
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.
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.
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).
Perhaps, artistically scientifically…or would it be scientifically artistic: a fine, objective/subjective view or line – no doubt. Whichever, a work done!
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!
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