Brad Ormand Wood Snub Dodecahedron

08.05.2015 – Wood Snub Dodecahedron

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.

Snub Dodecahedron Parts

Snub Dodecahedron In Progress - Brad Ormand

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.

Wood Snub Dodecahedron by Brad Ormand

Brad Ormand Wood Snub Dodecahedron

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.