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Project by hairy posted 10-30-2019 05:37 PM 1159 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Buddhist structure for meditation.

This one is inspired by the 9th century Borobudur temple in Indonesia.

I’m fascinated by shapes, this one got stuck in my head years ago.

243 separate pieces. Segmented rings of 48,32,24,16, and 12 pieces, 6 piece finial base and 1 piece finial.

The stones in the stupas I saw ranged from almost black to almost white, some looked blue, brown and red.

I used wood jaws for most of the holding, and joining rings together.

7” wide at base x 7” tall. Oak, hickory,cherry,mahogany and walnut. Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer spray.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#1 posted 10-30-2019 05:46 PM

So cool awesome presentation of that arhitecture

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-30-2019 05:51 PM

Wow! Beautiful work Hairy and an impressive homage to the inspiration!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 10-30-2019 06:06 PM

a very kewl model of this type building GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 10-30-2019 09:50 PM

Wow, Hairy, that is quite a work of art you´ve done. Am I wrong in assuming the glue-ups were just a tad hectic?

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#5 posted 10-30-2019 10:12 PM


Brian, not at all, it went well. What was hectic was cutting out a ring, right out of the middle and replacing it. I didn’t like how it looked.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#6 posted 10-31-2019 03:29 AM


Very intriguing to look at and a very good result and finish.




-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 10-31-2019 04:46 AM

That is some gorgeous work!
Beautiful piece and very well done.

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#8 posted 10-31-2019 05:50 AM

Sir, you have a rare talent. I’m very impressed. I love seeing unique art made from wood.

-- Owner of timeless woodcraft,

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#9 posted 10-31-2019 01:42 PM

Amazing color match to the real thing and very well done too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-31-2019 02:16 PM

This is some great work. I agree with others, it’s a piece of art.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 10-31-2019 04:37 PM

Thank you!!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#12 posted 10-31-2019 06:01 PM

I learned something new, and that is fine work!

-- Petey

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#13 posted 11-01-2019 01:22 AM

That really fooled me. I was thinking “I bet that thing is heavy” until I saw the last pic. 243 pieces in that small project! You certainly have some serious patience to keep track of so many tiny pieces. You even carved a design on the 3rd ring. Great job and congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#14 posted 11-01-2019 02:38 AM

Nice work!

Building a stupa is considered extremely beneficial, leaving very positive karmic imprints in the mind. Future benefits from this action result in fortunate rebirths. Fortunate worldly benefits will be the result, such as being born into a rich family, having a beautiful body, a nice voice, being attractive, bringing joy to others, and having a long and happy life in which one’s wishes are quickly fulfilled. On the absolute level, one will also be able quickly to reach enlightenment, the goal of Buddhism.

So you go that goin’ for you, which is nice.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 11-03-2019 01:02 PM

Really cool inspiration, hairy. That is a lot of little pieces. I would be afraid to cut those with my tablesaw and sleds. Do you have a good TS setup, or do you use a bandsaw and true them up on a sander jig?

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