I've been a big fan of George Hart's geometric sculptures for a while now and so a few weeks back I decided I would build his Frabjous (title based off the nonsense poem The Jaberwocky by Lewis Carol) since he actually gives the template for it on his site. He also says that it's a tricky puzzle...which I probably should have listened to. All along I wanted to build it out of wood...but I knew that it was going to take quite a bit of time and effort so I started out building a model of it out of paper. This was a bad, bad idea because the paper bends and it is really hard to see the shape as you are weaving everything together. I wasted several hours over a multi-week period before I re-attempted it in wood. I eventually built it out of 1/8 inch thick Baltic Birch plywood which I cut using my scroll saw and "stained" using permanent markers which does allow the grain to show through. The following pictures show some of the process and the results.
In particular I'm proud of the tab connection system I came up with that really helped keep the thing together while maintaining flexibility. I also like the pointillism style of decorating them, though this took longer than I thought to do. Liz says that it looks like fireworks as a result.
After looking at my pictures you really should check out some of George Hart's other sculptures. http://www.georgehart.com/sculpture/sculpture.html
And if you want to give it a try here is a link to the paper where he shows the template. http://www.georgehart.com/frabjous/frabjous.pdf
The finished product.
The individual units that must be woven through each other. There are 30 of these.
The signature. Note it is claimed to be a copy.
Close up of a completed piece. Note the tabs which allow everything to go together nicely. Since they are made of card stock they are pretty stiff but do allow some flexibility which really helps when weaving it together.
Putting it together...the start.
Showing everything is made up of standard pentagrams.
Now it's getting complicated! There's only one correct way to build this so that all the pieces remain planar!
I've been a big fan of M.C. Escher's Art since I was a little kid. His impossible figures drawings are mindblowing and his tesselat...
This post is going to be on 3D fractals cut on a scroll saw. (Thus the title of course.) As some of you know, I'm somewhat addicted to...
It's the middle of April and this next week all students at University Preparatory School , where I teach, will be taking the California...
I've always been interested in maps and different projections and how they make such a difference in the way the world looks when a sphe...
I ran across an article a couple of months ago talking about an artist making cityscapes using staples to build the buildings. The cities w...
A couple of weeks ago, I suddenly had the idea to make the Platonic solid s out of pennies. I'd made them before out of paper in severa...
I've been a big fan of George Hart's geometric sculptures for a while now and so a few weeks back I decided I would build his Frabjo...
I finally finished a papercraft project I've been working on for about a month. It's made up of parts of 29 sheets of cardstock. I...
I spent a little bit of time on the wooden orrery today. Click here for the original post and description . Two more sets of Gears are done...
Here is a video that I helped make: Please check out http://www.blownapartstudios.com/ for more information and become a fan at http://w...