How It's Made
Each sphere is made up of 180 precisely cut triangles. The triangles are assembled into 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. These shapes are all glued together to form a ball with 180 flat facets. This rough ball is sanded on a lathe to form a true smooth sphere. Clear lacquer is applied and rubbed to a satin sheen.
About The Artist
I have many memories of my childhood with my dad in his wood shop. My favorite place to play was down below the wood lathe surrounded by wood blocks and sawdust. I learned to work with wood from him, mostly by watching and "getting in his way". He worked second shift as a machinist at Caterpillar tractor Co., but spent most of his mornings working with wood. He taught me about precision measuring as well as working by sight and feel. After this informal training, going into the woodworking business just seemed natural.
In the 27 years of my woodworking business, I have never thrown away a knot. Many people see knots as a defect, but to me knots are the visual representation of a trees struggle to thrive. Not all little limbs become big branches, but their combined efforts on behalf of the tree as a whole should be celebrated. Just like human scars they tell a story of sacrifice and healing. Each of these "scars" has a unique personality and deserve the chance to be appreciated as art.