I have been making and painting a wood snub dodecahedron – a geometrical shape made out of wood. These things are so much fun when they are built! I mean just holding them is interesting. And, it adds a rustic feel with a modern twist to a room.
Of course, I built it from math and angles and defined the pieces myself out of birch wood – that’s the fun part – I wouldn’t *not* do that part. Not made from internet plans or anything like that. Haha. Just saying… I made it similar to how I made the Truncated Icosahedron and Regular Dodecahedron.
First, I calc’d the size of each piece and marked them on the flat wood. It’s made from 12 pentagons and 80 equilateral triangles. I cut 80, but for the final product, I left some select ones out so it’d be see-through. Then, I sanded the parts, glued them together at specific angles and started forming the structure.
There’s such nice grain in this birch wood – I use it for a lot of projects. But… it’s kind of expensive.
So, after I had a little bit put together, I’d assess where I was at and just try to correct for the upcoming pieces. Closing the final piece wasn’t that bad because I took care of angles along the way, but it still was a pretty delicate matter. And, I still had to paint the inside, so I couldn’t weld it shut just yet…
I chose colors based on another woodburning piece I did when I was a kid. I made a sign with my name burned on to it. First, I stained the wood a nice “pecan” color. Then, I mixed the colors, did a test segment, adjusted, and painted the whole thing, highlighting the seams to be the “burnt” ends. It was kind of painstaking work. But, the end result came out looking fantastic. I already have a few more in the works.
Also, during that time, I made a pretty cool necklace out of leather, beads, and that cedar wood from my tree in the shape of teeth. I’m wearing it in this pic. I had the materials, and I just felt like doing it. I used to be a rock climber and it started by me tying double fisherman’s knots in leather string while watching a movie with a friend. Came out pretty good, too. Fun, as well. If I do more of those, I’ll log some of that, too.