From transoms to spirals

It’s been a week of four quarters. Some carving outside which was stopped by the rain, some mundane sanding inside which was stopped by boredom, a little tourism to see the mermaid of Zennor and finally some thinking about sculpture number 4.


Sculpture number 4 began with the acquisition of the capping rail from a beautiful boat. Probably from the same boat as the teak piece I’m using for Sculpture number 3.


I began to think what it might turn into so I played with balsa wood pieces, paper and softwood pieces.

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I don’t know why but I was surprised to find that a quarter circle of wood pieces turned into a part of a cone as if by magic! I did know that a sector of a circle is needed to fold into a complete cone but did not link the two in my head. From the incomplete cone part it followed naturally to try spirals in paper. Coiled rope, clock springs, fern fronds, nautilus shells all come to mind.


Don’t ask me “why” – I’m an artist!

So its an investigation of spirals for a while. Archimedian spirals, Fibbonacci spirals, square spirals, the spiral of Theodorous, logarithmic spirals. This could spiral out of control.


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