Archive for 1950s decor

“Truncated Dodecahedron” Wood Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by rndmodelshop

Truncated Dodecahedron all wood model.

The Truncated Dodecahedron is one of the 13 Archimedean Solids.  It has 12 decagons, 20  triangles, 60 vertices and 90 pieces of wood. Each piece is mitered so that they lay on an imaginary plane that passes through the center point.

This was a popular geometric piece during the 1950s – 60s Atomic Age, and was common to see as a hanging light fixture or a table top sculpture.

I make these in pine, then wood stained in fruitwood (light, shown), walnut (dark), cherry (red), or ebony (black). Each piece is signed, then sealed in clear polyurethane.

9″ or 12″ tall

More geometry models on my website.

“Rhombicubotahedron” Wood Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by rndmodelshop

All wood Rhombicubotahedron Model

The Rhombicubotahedron is one of the 13 Archimedian Solids. This has 18 squares, 8 triangles, 24 vertices, and 48 pieces of wood. Each of the pieces are compound mitered so each is on an imaginary plane that passes through the center point.

I make these in pine, then wood stained in fruitwood (light, shown), walnut (dark), cherry (red), or ebony (black). Each piece is signed, then sealed in clear polyurethane.

9″ or 12″ tall

More geometry models on my website

“Truncated Tetrahedron” wood model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This is an all wood Truncated Tetrahedron, one of the 13 “Archimedes Solids” in polyhedra study.
It’s basically a regular tetrahedron with the 4 tips clipped off evenly so that 4 large hexagons and 4 smaller triangles remain (18 pieces of wood total). I can make these in a cherry (red) walnut (brown) ebony (black) wood stain, or just a clear polyurethane coat (as shown). 9″ or 12″ height.

For the complete polyhedron model index, please see my website.

A Cube of 8 Tetrahedron

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by rndmodelshop

A Cube of 8 TetrahedronTechnically its the same math as a cuboctahedron (8 triangles, 6 squares) but I made 8 tetrahedron in place of the triangles. This is symmetrical on all 6 planes, and it even looks nice standing up on a corner in a tripod stand.

This is typical of a 1950s – 60s Atomic Age ‘Mid Century Modern’ sculpture or light fixture.      9″ square, 48 pieces / Cherry, Walnut, Ebony wood stain or just Clear Polyurethane (shown).

For the complete polyhedron model index, please see my website.

4 Axis Stellated Tetrahedron in a Cube

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by rndmodelshop

Stellated 4 point Tetrahedron in a Cube displayed diagonal on a stand.

The 4 axis of a Stellated Tetrahedron (below) exactly correspond to 4 of the 8 interior vertices of a typical frame Cube. I just combined the 2 figures into one.  This can be displayed up on its corner, or just flat on a cube surface. It makes a very nice table top geometry sculpture.

The cube is 9″ flat, the entire sculpture is aprox 16″ tall in the stand. Each is made to orderand wood stained in cherry (red) walnut (brown) ebony (black) or natural as shown (clear coat polyurethane) that turns an amber honey color as the wood ages. Cube 12 pieces, tetrahedron 18 pieces, 30 pieces in total (plus stand).

For the complete polyhedron model index, please see my website.

Wood Truncated Cube Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This is an all wood truncated cube model, clear coated with a semi-gloss polyurethane finish. These can be displayed either on the flat surface or up on the corner for a different look. A couple in different sizes make a nice decor piece.

It has 6 octagons, 8 triangles, 32 vertices and 36 pieces of wood, each angled tword the center point of the piece. As the wood gets older it gets more of a honey color under the polyurethane coat, but I also wood stain depending on what someone prefers. This one is 9″ tall.

Wood Tetrahedron Model “self-dual”

Posted in geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2010 by rndmodelshop

All wood model of 2 Tetrahedrons woven together (aka Stella Octangula), one stained in cherry-wood the other left to a clear coat of polyurethane. These are great gift ideas for math teachers, engineers, students, plus those interested in “Atomic Age” 1950s interior design or Sacred Geometry. 

Most polyhedron have a dual, meaning they share or relate 1:1 with the number of vertices and / or planes. The tetrahedron (4 triangular surfaces, 4 vertices, 6 pieces each) is the only polyhedron that is its own self dual. This particular one I kept 2-tone for clarity, but I also make them in any one color. I have more versions on the website.