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.

link-1-sml.jpg link-section-1-ah.jpg link-section-3-ah.jpg link-section-2-ah.jpg The link section complete from the mid/back rest section to the great knuckle block.

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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 - toward the mighty knuckle block.

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Forming the link section to the 'knuckle' block. In the 1st image you can just see the start of the banked curve section and in the last image you can also see that big wave hollow cut in the knuckle as it moves round into the sweep of the banked curve.

Use of the convex spokeshave to clean up the carving after the arbortec. Low angle spoke shaves have been used extensively in this project to bring out the radius cuts on the end grain of the seating boards. This link section features a streched low 'carapace' cut styling to give a dynamic sense of movement within the line weights.

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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The Sleeping Dragon - mid section nears completion.

Most of the line weight shifts & bridges have been completed in the seating boards. The mid section base blocks are also almost complete. Still some trim adjustments to do on the rear of the blocks & also after re-assembling the seating board sections with the backrest have found another couple of lines that require some subtle alteration.  moto_0298.jpg moto_0309.jpg moto_0312.jpg moto_0311.jpg moto_0313.jpg moto_0316.jpg

As you can see from the images the seating hollowing has been worked to a smooth blended form. You can also see the seatboard sections before they were re assembled.

Tools used include;

The arbotec - see previous entry. A good tool for removing stock rapidly, that's also it's disadvantage!

Convex spokeshave - a joyous handtool experience for cutting the hollow just the way it should be.

Rotary & orbital sanders.

Bench plane & belt sanders used for blending flat areas. Low angle spokeshave used to cut radius on rear edges of seat boards.

PM: The Sleeping Dragon - setting the backrest.

Setting the seating boards sections & subsections onto the base blocks  with the backrest. It's been a day of moving about large lumps of oak. Once the base blocks were in position you can see got up to stage with the backrest in test fit position.  It will be set down a a bit lower in the final installation - 35 mm above the seating plane.

We will have used up nearly 24 m of 25 dia stainless steel tube in the creation of this piece.

This is the centre section of the bench.

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Next comes marking up & initial carving of the seating hollowing & edge deatailing.

That old chestnut - reconstructed.

We were working on this at the start of March. chestnut2.jpg chestnut3.jpg moto_0190.jpg moto_0192.jpg    moto_0204.jpg

The concept was to create a piece for an exhibition about the use of coppiced sweet chestnut wood.

So, we thought it would be a great idea to saw a longish chestnut log in half and then cleave into quarters. 8 pieces. Double tapered, then re - construct using stainless steel connectors. All then set into a plinth formed of shifting oak blocks (books).

So what is it all about then?

You can bring what you like to this, view it merely as a pleasing object, just peer through it - inside it.

It also speaks of a once widely used wood for a multitude of uses such as hop poles, fencing, ladders - (tradition) meets contemporary construction aesthetic balanced on the ever shifting knowledge of expectation. Seeing through, within to the very heart, centre of the form that once again stands like a tree, reaching back up to the sky.

It was quite a challenge to assemble!