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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 03-15-2011 06:52 AM 2811 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and turned The Planet Earth on high gyroscopic stand because I wanted to produce something to be displayed directly on the ground.
Altogether it is 110 cm tall and the globe alone is 33cm in dia. and made of 392p. of Tassie oak, 396p of red gum veneer to make the longitudes, 16 rings of very thin plywood to make letitudes and one ring of abony to distinguish The Equator.
The legs are made of black beens and the other parts made of unkown second hand floring timber.
It took me more than three months to finish it.
Photo 6: Compare the size of this project with the turner’s size, I’m 167cm tall or short.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 09:46 AM

Fantastic project Sam. If I ever get half as talented as you are, I’ll be one happy camper ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 10:02 AM

WOW!!! I have to agree with Topamax.. Beautiful work..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 11:03 AM

Jeez Sam, that is a great creation. Three months well spent but how do you have the patience.
Nice work on the stand, you sure do create wonders from wood. Congrats on a brilliant project.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:35 PM

Did you turn the globe as a solid ball, or as a hollow form? Great craftsmanship and patience on the globe
itself, but you forgot to mark the most important spot on the the globe, Sam Shakouri”s workshop.
Wonderful joinery on the stand, still trying to figure out how the legs and strechers were made and
attached, but that is standard with you, you make wood joinery both beautiful and challenging. Thank
you for sharing and making us stretch our imagination once again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 04:08 PM

WOW that is nice. I would real like to know how you turned the globe.

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 07:39 PM

as always you make our jaws hiting th floor with a big bang that hurts
and need some attention from a Dr. tomorow .. i´m glad you don´t post more often … LOL

thank´s for sharing

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 09:32 PM

Awesome as usual..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 09:42 PM

This is one of the finest projects I’ve seen on LumberJocks. But all of your work is great. Thanks for sharing with us, Sam. I will be sure to show this to my friends, I’m sure it will flip them out.
- JJ

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 10:11 PM

A wondrous piece Sam. Beautiful, difficult and outstanding like all your work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 12:31 AM

As usual, a great work of art Sam.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 03:58 AM


This is really beautiful. Three months seems really fast for so much work. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 05:03 AM

That has to be the most intense thing I’ve seen yet on the site. Holy @#$!!!!! that’s nice

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Sam Shakouri

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#13 posted 03-17-2011 12:01 AM

I’d like to thank everyone for their comments on this project.
To Bluepine38, one out of many advantages of segmented turning is you turn an already hollowed objec, well almost. The globe was hollow, however, I did, roughly, turned the inside, when it was two halves, to reduce the weight only. AND, the location of my workshop is Sydney, NSW, Australia.
To Dennis, I’m sorry for the unexpected inconconvenience!! You may need a jaw bra for my next project.
I used a home made calipers to insure the globe was as spherical as possible, but, anyway, after so many years of wood turning, my eye and touching sense are able to detect any hump, no mater how shallow it is.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#14 posted 03-17-2011 10:34 AM

Great work Sam as always.

-- Dan Wiggins

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