Puzzling

"Puzzling", Color Image, 2013, Machine Shaped, Hand Sanded and Finished Scrap Wood

“Puzzling”, Color Image, 2013, Machine Shaped, Hand Sanded and Finished Scrap Wood

Inspired by my pops, who made a number of awesome scrap wood sculptures in his day; over the span of a few afternoons last summer, I reused some of the scrap wood hanging around our garage to create Puzzling.

My initial vision was of the mythical Atlas holding a world which had the mythical Atlas sitting on it, holding a world, which had the mythical Atlas sitting on it, holding a world…  This is what emerged as I worked with the wood available.  The self-recursive element remains, though Atlas in his Greek form didn’t really reveal himself.

Everything except the “wave” shaped piece in the lower left is wood harvested from the woods around where we live.  Much gratitude to our neighbor and his family up the road.

"Weaving Bench #2", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

Weaving Benches

"Weaving Bench #2", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #2”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

"Weaving Bench #2", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #2”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

"Weaving Bench #1", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #1”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

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A set of weaving benches designed and built for use at looms by the fabric artists of SafeArt in Chelsea, VT.

This is my first real attempt at mortise and tenon joinery. With the first bench I was aiming to get the fundamentals of the design down, and confirm structural stability, given that these benches might be “worked” relatively hard, depending on the weaver. With the second bench I got a bit more artistic, added three adjustable positions for seat height, and the bench top is intended to fit somewhat loosely to allow for rocking on the slight warp of the wood.  Sanded and finished with low- toxicity polyurethane.