Layer upon layer.

It's all about the contour cut, or more accurately the layering of sculpting cuts like the contour lines of a map. Here you can see see blanks firstly marked from a fine board of walnut, then stages of 'layer cuts' in order to arrive at the desired seat blank shape. It is 1 thing to draw a line, another to begin cutting away to reveal or 'release' the form within. In order to do this each layer cut is visualised then removed before being layered on to the next set of cuts until eventually - it looks really good. (Subjective, yes), however one instintively knows when something just, looks correct.

The Sleeping Dragon - banked curve nears completion.

moto_0469.jpg    moto_0470.jpg    moto_0471.jpg    moto_0473.jpg    moto_0475.jpg    moto_0476.jpg    moto_0478.jpg These images show the 'soft wave ripple' carving over the banked curve section. 1st & 4th show the under side trims marked in preparation for cutting, whilst the last image shows the underside of the curve section near the base block mount. Here you can see the 'run in' cut to flow with the line of the base block.

The Sleeping Dragon - banked curve.

moto_0456.jpg moto_0455.jpg moto_0460.jpg moto_0463.jpg moto_0464.jpg moto_0465.jpg moto_0467.jpg moto_0468.jpg Creation of the banked curve section.

The 1st image shows the 'under drop' cut into the flow of the banked curve. The whole section uses segmented tapers, rising & falling, then tapering down to the lower tail section. You can see the concept of the construction in the 2nd image. 3rd image shows the 'gap set' spacers. In the last images you can see the bulk carving being carried out with the use once more of the 'arbotech'. The final image is taken from low down at the end of the tail & gives an odd distorted view of the curvature. At this stage the mid point board is still un - carved & so stands out 'on edge'.

The Sleeping Dragon - link & tail.

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Tail section complete.

And now, creating the banked curve section. In the images below you can make out the board layout for the curvature. This section is 3.8 m in length. You can also just see at the far end the inclusion of the 'tail' section board arrangement.

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Soon to be sourcing the 'York' stone slab settings.

We are currently looking to install mid June 2008.

The Sleeping Dragon - Sun sphere is set.

The big sphere has finally been set within the sleeping dragon bench. This section has 1 subsection that caps over the sphere during installation. You can see in the images some of the subtle 'orbital' hollowing around the setting of the sphere. moto_0394.jpg    moto_0395.jpg    moto_0397.jpg

The ring setting of the sphere was quite tricky to get right - numerous times the seating board sections were offered up to the sphere to get the correct radial concave hollowing recess.

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next up is the seating section form the right hand end of the back rest section to the mighty knuckle block. Watch this space!

The Sleeping Dragon - setting the sun sphere.

Work progressing to set the big sun sphere within the the 'sleeping dragon'. The big 'sun' sphere (650 mm dia) is positioned & marked and the end section boards have then been layed out before being drilled & connector jointed with the 25 mm dia stainless steel rods.

Images depict work so far up to 1st test fit of the board sections over the sphere. There is some trim & edge adjustment necessary to get the board section located correctly & fully into position. Once this is complete the end subsections will be assembled into a single section that will join into the back rest sections.

There is also a fair ammount of edge profile & relief carving to be undertaken within the 'sun' sphere section. You'll see more images of this as it progresses.

You can also see in the images the blocking used to fill the void to scribe the circle cutaway with the 'long' compasses.

Have also included here an image of one of the sections from under the backrest as it is so appealing in its own right. I am sure there's another concept brewing in that!

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