Spiral Sea Shells

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Project by Bob Collins posted 03-05-2014 10:02 AM 3449 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are both from Marine Ply Wood, the small shell is 3” diam. and consists of 42 segments and was a great test to see if my eye sight had improved after the eye surgery. With the bigger one I cut the wedges with the grain upwards rather than across and I think it gives a better effect than previous shells. I used a piece of ply 1.5”x1”x15” and cut 10 wedges for the small shell which gave me nearly 4 spirals.
The bases are left over pieces of Osage Orange. Now working on wood size, number of wedges that can be used and of course cutting angles, besides a easier way to produce the wedges. So much fun not knowing what you are doing.

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

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 11:10 AM

Very nice shells Bob, you have really got these figured out now and they are looking great.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 11:36 AM

They look great, I agree that the bigger one works better. You must have a lot of patience

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 12:02 PM

Bob, They are really beautiful, and I agree that the big one looks better with the grain going that way.
Great stuff.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 12:49 PM

wow, they look amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 02:04 PM

As normal, your projects get increasingly better with each attempt. These are outstanding.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 03:02 PM

Outstanding fits the description! Beautiful work. I also like the big one best, as far as the direction of cut. I saw the video on how to do this but I though you or someone mentioned a book that described the process. Do you know of a book available?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 04:09 PM

Those are most certainly full of Awesomeness. Great designs Bob…!

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 04:44 PM

The larger shell is quite striking.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 05:03 PM

Very nice!

Great work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 08:18 PM

Got a bit of a family thing here Bob :)
I Like the detailed bases to set them of, well done again Mate.
Pleased to hear the eyes are working just fine

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 08:26 PM

I would like to know more about your technique as it provides beautiful results!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#12 posted 03-05-2014 09:05 PM


Your work just keeps on getting better ! Well done mate!

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 03:17 AM

Thanks for the comments, agree the big one looks the best but more segments and work in the small one. My previous post leads you to Scroll Saw Village site where there are easy to follow instructions on making the basic shell. Working on one now using 15 wedges, could be good or could be fire wood.

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

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 10:15 AM

G’day Bob, The more I look at the photos the more I see. Those Shells are superb, I could have sworn they started to move across the page they look so real. I would say that your eye sight is now really spot on….20/20 maybe….I am amazed how you put all the segments together.
Looking forward to more great work. By the way, the way they are mounted on a stand really sets the finish nicely.



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

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#15 posted 03-14-2014 05:56 PM

Way too cool, Bob! You have the process down pat, now!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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