Impossible IV - The missing link

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 09-28-2010 04:29 PM 3419 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The fourth in the Impossible series is a wall hanging (not a cutting board) depicting a series of impossible rectangular links with one missing, hence the title.

The pattern is 258×176 x 8mm (5mm pattern on 3mm Birch ply base board) and made using Iroko, Sapele, Maple and Ebony with a Wenge frame. The finish is wax over sanding sealer.

Pic 2 – It is now in place at the top of the Stairway to Devon

Pic 3 – Oh and heres the missing link!

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

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 04:36 PM

Your work is always amazing Martyn ,fantastic wall hanging.

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 04:39 PM

Another impressive piece! The pattern keeps flipping in my mind as I look at it. You have quite a collection!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 04:44 PM

my jaw is open and cant close.
this time you’ve managed to do it in a much more subtle way though.
i’m not an art critic, but i know what i like when I see it, and I love this. you’ve made a centre, but my eyes keep flickering to the border where a dark wood border meets a dark wood border and a light border meets a dark border…
it’s very well balanced, in an unbalanced sort of way. i dunno, i cant explain myself better than that, lol.
congratulations on another masterpiece my friend :)

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:47 PM

Really beautiful, Martyn! I love the colors on this and how they look together. Top notch, as always!


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

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 05:05 PM

Outstanding, intriguing because I can’t duplicate it, astounding and impressive because you are in the 5 percentile that you can do it and most of the rest of us can’t, and, I love your stairway to Devon. Thankyou.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 05:19 PM

Thats so beautiful my dear Martyn.
I especially like the fact that you put the missing one – the pause – the break, it has become to important in our time, this enjoyment of what does not happen. And since it is going to hang wheer you like to remind your self that, it’s a perfect choice.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Mary Anne

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 05:21 PM

I love it, Martyn. Well done!
I have a couple of idea I want to try this winter, but I have long, loooong way to match you.

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 05:26 PM

I am always amazed at how you make things look so complicated and beautiful. Truly mesmerizing and I could stare at your work for hours I’m sure.


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Don Butler

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 05:29 PM

Martyn, You’ve proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is NOT impossible.

It is, of course, not easy, either!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 05:34 PM

Outstanding design, wood selection and execution.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 05:44 PM

As always WOW! Another great one!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 07:16 PM

this is what i love about wood working…so many different talents…and i have no desire to try to match mine with yours…im perfectly fine that you can do this …and its not that i cant…i want to sit back and let you do it…a masterful piece , your the man when it comes to this…love it…continue on professor …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 07:17 PM

niice to see you are on the top Proffessor
even thow you are busy planing ixhibitions for the maybee world tour in the future…lol

great work and your stairway looks better and better

take care

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 07:27 PM

I love the stairway display! By the time people got to the bottom, I’m sure they would be so dizzy! I think that using these marvellous pieces for cutting boards would be like slashing a VanGogh! Just super, Martyn…I’m almost scared to see the design you make on your shoe.


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#15 posted 09-28-2010 07:34 PM

I give up. You win.
That is just jaw dropping. Dang you can do some precise work.

Very very nice, Martyn.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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