Platonic and Archimedean Solids
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Floral Symmetry- An icosahedron that has 20 equilateral triangular faces---SOLD

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Floral Symmetry- There are a number of symmetries in this piece including the 20 equilateral triangles, 12 pentagonal flowers, 12 3 lobed negative space flowers and hints of hexagons formed by the sides of the foliage.---SOLD

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Floral Symmetry- American Hophornbeam (not that you could tell), India ink, Acrylics
6.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”---SOLD

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Lost Reliquary of Thoth- A tetrahedron. Inspired by ancient Egypt, the pyramids and heiroglyphics. Thoth was an Egyptian god credited for creating writing. Also symbols of a Ankh, symbol of life and a star tetrahedron--- AVAILABLE

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Lost Reliquary of Thoth- Box Elder, Acrylics, India Ink, 23K gold leaf. 6” H x 7” W x 6” D.----AVAILABLE

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Lost Reliquary of Thoth- Box open showing interior spherical box and the relics of Thoth. A stylus for writng, a tablature for writing on and an Ankh.----AVAILABLE

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Event Horizon- A cube turned on the lathe on 6 axes. Inward spirals inspired by the paths of matter and light as it approaches and is swallowed by a black hole---SOLD

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Event Horizon- Cube- Macassar Ebony, Waterlox 3.5” x3.5” x 3.5”. Base- Holly, Fixatiff 1” x 7”----SOLD

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Event Horizon- detail----SOLD

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Event Horizon II- A cube inspired by the physics surrounding a black hole.----AVAILABLE

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Event Horizon II- Macassar Ebony, Waterlox, 3.75" x 3.75" x 3.75", 9" high on stand----AVAILABLE

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Event Horizon II- Detail----AVAILABLE

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Octahedron- An polyhedron composed of 8 identical equilateral triangles featuring an interior spherical box.----AVALIABLE

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Octahedron- Spalted Black Ash Burl, Waterlox, Soapstone, 5” W x 5” D x 8” H----AVALIABLE

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Octahedron- Box open----AVAILABLE

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Octahedron II- My first attempt at the form. I did not get the faces quite perfect and discovered a large bark inclusion when turning the form.----AVAILABLE

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Octahedron II- Box Elder Burl, Ebony, Colored Epoxy, Lacquer, 7" x 4" x 4"----AVAILABLE

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Octahedron II- Box open----AVAILABLE

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Platonic Ocean- A dodecahedron composed of 12 identical pentagons. Pentagonal symmetry reminded me of starfish, hence the inspiration for the carving.----AVAILABLE

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Platonic Ocean- Detail of one starfish (all are based on actual starfish). Basswood, Acrylics, Ink, 23K gold leaf, 6" x 6" x 6"----AVAILABLE

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Platonic Ocean- Box open showing the interior sphere and gold leaf.----AVAILABLE

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Archimedes Galaxy- A truncated icosahedron (or Bucky ball after Buckminster Fuller, or soccerball) composed of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons.----AVAILABLE

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Archimedes Galaxy- Maple, Acrylics on the form and Chestnut dye on the stand, Fixatiff, 4.75” D, 13.5” H on stand----AVAILABLE

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Archimedes Galaxy- detail----AVAILABLE


Polyhedra

This page features my exploration of the Platonic and Archimedean solids. The Platonic Solids, discovered by the Pythagoreans but described by Plato (in the Timaeus) , consist of surfaces of a single kind of regular polygon, with identical vertices. The Archimedean Solids, consist of surfaces of more than a single kind of regular polygon, with identical vertices and identical arrangements of polygons around each polygon.

There are 5 Platonic solids all of which are represented here. The tetrahedron has 4 equilateral triangular faces, the cube has 6 square faces, the octahedron has 8 equilateral triangular faces, the dodecahedron has 12 pentagonal faces and the icosahedron has 20 equilateral triangular faces.

There are 13 Archimedean solids. I have only begun to explore these as turned forms, and may pursue some more at a future date.

These forms were all accomplished totally on the lathe using multiple axes to accomplish the desired shape. The surface decoration, including carving, pyrography and color are all done after off the lathe after turning is complete.