Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Triplets II

Last year I told you all about Triplets I. Since then I have created the second in the series, pictured below. They have both received a lot of favourable feedback, both online and in person.

At first sight, many people are baffled by them, but when I rotate the individual pieces and a new pattern emerges their faces light up and they want to 'play' with the pieces themselves. They love to pick them up and examine them individually, looking at how the turned surfaces meet to create edges with quite bizarre profiles. When placed side by side, these edges often give the impression of the pieces having been wrought asunder by violent means. And when the set is arranged as shown in the picture below, viewing from one angle shows one complete pattern while choosing a viewpoint 90 degrees away shows another pattern. This art is really quite interactive, and I encourage people to re-arrange the pieces and view from whatever angle they choose. Looking down on the tops provides quite a different aspect of this work.

But for all this interest, I was beginning to wonder if they would ever sell. So I was delighted when Triplets II was sold the other day.

The very next day the postcards that I had ordered arrived from the printers. They are based on the picture above and I hope they will prove to be a useful promotional tool.

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Anonymous said...

I love your triplets. As of yet, I have not been able to understand how they were turned. I guess that you turned one surface before cutting into three pieces, but then how did you manage to keep them together and mount them to turn the other surfaces. It is a puzzle. I suppose that you may want to keep the secret.

Thanks for showing your lovely work.

Larry Henry
Rothesay, N.B.
Oct 11, 2007

Derek Andrews said...

Thanks for your kind words. If you are a woodturner you may want to check out my other blog, I know that I have shown the rig I use in there somewhere.