Inverted World #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-06-2011 06:44 PM 5418 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was looking through some of my old blogs and it occurred to me that what I most enjoyed about ones such as ‘The Impossible’ was that it was a journey, with other LJ’s as companions. We saw new things, commented on the scenery and I got some well needed feedback (mostly about my mental state I might add, lol).

I’ve decided to revisit this working format with a pattern called Inverted World. Years ago I read an SF story of this name by a writer called Christopher Priest. Set in a not too distant future. The worlds resources running down some intrepid individuals decided to build a moving city which would tap the power of the Earth’s magetic field as it roamed, across Europe. An unexpected side effect was that when the generators were turned on the world became inverted. Instead of being a finite globe in an infinite universe of space the planet became (to them) an infinite, inside out curved plane in a finite universe (hello he’s lost it again, nurse, nurse the medication is wearing off) much like this pattern

In the story the future is always tall, thin and coming towards the people of the city and the past short and broad and moving away behind. In order to stay where they are comfortable they have to keep moving. Sort of a Red Queen’s race as in Alice Through The Looking Glass.

I’m in two minds (no not schizophrenic) as you can see I’ve already got it drawn out as a ‘net’ for an EZ mitre box but it might be better just as wall art. Decisions, decisions.

Well at least I can get on with making jigs and cutting parts for it, whichever format I decide on. I intend to use Ebony and Sycamore for the pattern. I’m not sure about the background. Padauk or Purpleheart appeal. Purpleheart being more representative of sky/space.

I’ll be making the curved cuts using my Simple Circle Cutting Jig for the Router . With an additional perspex template, which I’m presently designing.

This template will be in the blog, along with decisions, cutting, mistakes and all the usual suspects, starting in part 2.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 06:48 PM

Well, I like it a lot!! Great idea Martyn


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#2 posted 07-06-2011 06:49 PM

He’s at it again, folks. I’m tuned in.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 06:51 PM

I’m not Schizophrenic, are we? I mean, I’m not schizophrenic, and neither am I. Martyn, that is a really cool design… very striking in a ‘graphics’ sort of way. I say, make the box… and… wall mount it on a panel/setting. But the truth is, it is going to look great either way.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 08:17 PM

Can’t wait to see part 2.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 09:03 PM

I’d like to see that taking shape.
No doubt it will be a success and The Grand Order of the Box will promote you to Master Boxologist.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 09:07 PM

I am ready Martyn.

Sitting in the sofa, a couple of gin tonics, canĀ“t wait now.

The teaser looks terrific !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 10:41 PM

Your on it now, Martyn. When something comes out from your mind, amazement is the aftermath. Go for it. Simple but it is really possible. Waiting for the real thing. Cheers

-- Bert

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 11:03 PM

My vote is to make it into a box. I think the cascading effects over the sides will look excellent. We will be looking down into the infinite world below. It will be splendid no matter what you choose. But I vote box. :)

It will be a joy to see either way!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 07-07-2011 12:46 AM

Hmmm. You’re going to hate me, but, with your description of the inspiration, it’s too bad this ‘box’ or an interior liner of it, can’t be truly Dynamic in some way, rigged to rotate? Zooming forward when the box is opened? Hmmm. It would add a new ‘dimension’ to box making, Martyn! Just your speed.
PS- You also mentioned ‘magnetic fields’. Lots of opportunities there.


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#10 posted 07-08-2011 06:38 AM

It will be very interesting to see it coming together.
Some of those cuts could be challenging; but again I am sure you can pull it. You have proven it many times over.

Eagerly waiting for part 2.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 01:22 PM

Unfortunately Bloodwood is not easily available in the UK, WW. Never mind it’ll have to be Padauk. I can enjoy it darkening as time passes by.

Barbs, I have an idea that I’ve been working on for some time that is not too dissimilar to this. That’s another project though.

Sheila, looks like its going to be a box. I’ve a trick with grain direction that, if it comes off, should be interesting.

See you in part 2

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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