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“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.

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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.

Wood Icosahedron Sculpture (woven-1)

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This would be very typical of a light fixture in a Googie coffee shop of the 1950s and 60s. It would be easy enough to make with an open bottom or access for a light bulb. Back in the day they may have been plastic. I make these as more of a stand alone geometric art piece. They are clear coated for the photos because you can see cross shadows easier in 2D, but I also stain them to match home or office decor.

Technically, this is an Icosahedron, 20 flat triangular planes, 12 great pentagons and 60 pieces of wood total. Each piece has 2 notches that are compound mitered only halfway thru so they nest together snug like the notches in Lincoln Logs. There are actually very few glue joints in these. This one is 9″ and I also make them 12″ tall.

Wood Cuboctahedron Model

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This is an all wood Cuboctahedron. It can be used as a classroom lecture model or a nice “Atomic Age” decor piece. There is a resurgence of Mid Century Modern “Jetsons” type of art pieces lately so these are pretty cool.

This is made of 6 squares, 8 triangles, 12 vertices and 24 pieces of wood. If you look closely, there are 4 true hexagon equators. Each of the vertices has full 3 axis compound miters. This one is 9″ tall.

Wood Dodecahedron Sculpture (woven-2)

Posted in geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by rndmodelshop

These are great table top or hanging decor pieces for 1950s “Atomic Age” Mid Century Modern houses. They were common plastic or wood light fixtures in the classic 1950s “Googie” coffee shops.This is a Dodecahedron formed by 60 inter-woven pieces of wood. They form 12 small pentagons on each flat plane, and 12 great pentagons that wrap around the 5 adjacent planes. Each intersection is a compound miter notch cut only halfway thru the wood so the 2 pieces press together with a friction fit, similar to how Lincoln Logs nest together in their notches. I have more pieces like these on my website with alot more to come!

Wood Icosadodecahedron Sculpture (woven)

Posted in 1, geometry, Geometry Models, mid century modern with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by rndmodelshop

This is an all wood Icosadodecahedron. It has 20 small triangles, 30 rhombi & 12 great pentagons all woven together. The Dodecahedron and Icosahedron are duals of each other so they are both present in this sculpture, but technically it has 20 flat triangular planes.