Odessey 2009

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Project by bigwoodturner posted 04-18-2009 03:18 AM 1609 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After speaking with RJ I decided to post this piece. This is a sculptural woodturning based on the monolith in the movie “Space Odessy 2010” The piece represents the monolith rising from the rings of Saturn. The three multi axis hollows turned into the sculpture represent moons. In the movie small monoliths came from the large one to seed the universe. Mine are the two pieces swiming away. I call them space fishes, my wife called them space sperm. I created a lazy susan base from walnut and airbrushed it with laquer. The sculpture is 28 inches tall with out the base. It is all wood, Rings are Maple, Sculpture Cherry, Fishes are Aspen with Maple tails. I want to push the limits using wood as a art form. I don’t want to do the norm and pieces like this are challanging and make me think so I enjoy making them.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 03:41 AM

Very interesting piece. I bet there was a lot of counterbalancing to be done? Te last photo gave me the greater sense of the piece. Good work!

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

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 03:48 AM

Well Dale, that is one cool piece, your texturing is very interesting to me, and is spawning some ideas for me. I don’t ever copy anyones piece, but as all artists are inspired by the works of others, and I hope I can come close to your caliber. RJ is a good friend of mine, and I’m glad he has talked you into posting this piece for us to enjoy. Great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 03:51 AM

awesome work. is the rectangle all one piece or is it multiple turnings glued together ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 04-18-2009 03:54 AM

Wow This Is wild Dale! now I know what you mean by Space Odessy .
It looks like it should be in Capt Kurk’s living Quarters or in an Alien’s spaceship that would power it into the universe.

I can see how this would be very challenging to turn .
You’ve really opened my eyes that the use of a lathe and what you can do with it is limitless.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 03:56 AM

The monolith is a solid piece. 28 by 8 by 3 inches thick. There were no counter weights used in the turning of the piece.

-- Dale

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 05:19 AM

Well you’re reaching some kind of outer spaces to come up with some of your ideas, this, a prime example. I usually see a movie eat some popcorn.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 04-18-2009 06:12 PM

I didn’t think turnings like this were possible with out killing yourself . Well Done


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#8 posted 04-18-2009 06:23 PM

This is FANTASTIC! I can’t believe that you would consider not posting this piece.

I love it when the art pieces are posted. It helps expand my vision of what woodworking can be and can encompass.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 04-19-2009 03:45 AM

What an incredible piece of art. I’m awestruck.

-- Scott

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#10 posted 04-20-2009 06:03 PM

I saw it and thought ” Wow—how would someone think of such a piece?” and then I read the description.
Fantastic art.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 05-10-2009 02:12 AM

how do you keep the lathe stable mounting it on the end of a 50+lb block of wood? is your lathe bolted to the ground? always scratching my head at your work, often wondering how it’s even possible to do some of the stuff you do on the lathe…

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