Convoluted A 5 story Scherk tower that has 3 perforations on each level like Tower IV with 90 degrees of twist and then the whole tower bent 360 degrees into a torus. Available
Convoluted Walnut, Acrylic, Waterlox, Microcrystalline wax, Form is 11” x 4.25” 20” High on pedestal
Convoluted Turned as a torus (donut) then carved to achieve the final form. The only thing left of the surface of the torus is the edge of the carving.
Lost In Space A piece inspired by the Scherk forms, but not a true Scherk surface. Actually more of a hybrid of a Borromean Rings minimal surface and a Scherk surface. Sold
Lost In Space Curly Red Maple, Waterlox Stand is Red maple and India Ink 20"H x 11"W x 5" D
Lost In Space Turned as a torus, then carved. All that is left of the torus is the edge of the form.
Involute A Scherk minimal surface with 3 perforations warped 360 degrees into the form of a torus and twisted 270 degrees. This twist generates a minimal surface confined within a toroid that is a non-orientable surface. Available
Involute Curly Red Maple, 7.5” x 3.25”, Waterlox
Stand is Cherry with Black leather dye
18” H with stand.
Involute Angled view
Scherk Tower VII A 5 story Scherk tower Sold
Scherk Tower VII Detail
Scherk Tower VII Box elder burl, dyes, Lacquer 3" x 3" x 7"
Scherk Tower VI A 5 story Scherk tower Sold
Scherk Tower VI Curly red maple, Waterlox 3" x3" 7"
Scherk Tower VI Detail view
Scherk Tower V An 11 story Scherk tower with 33 perforations. Turned on 34 axes. Available
Scherk Tower V Detail View Box Elder Burl, dyes, Waterlox 3" x 3" x 12"
Scherk Tower V Top view
Scherk Tower IV A 7 story Scherk tower with 3 perforations on each level and 90 degrees of twist Sold
Scherk Tower IV Curly red maple, Waterlox finish 9" H x 5" D
Scherk Tower IV Turned on 22 axes then carved to final form
Scherk Tower III An 11 story Scherk tower with 270 degrees of twist Available
Scherk Tower III Redwood Burl, Epoxy, Waterlox 3"diam. x 12" tall
Scherk Tower III The piece mounted in the jig used to turn the form
Scherk Tower II A 5 story Scherk tower Available
Scherk Tower II Elm Burl, Waterlox 2.5" x 2.5" x 9.5"
Scherk Tower II Detail view
Scherk Tower I My first attempt at these forms, a 5 story Scherk Tower Sold
Scherk Tower I Box Elder Burl, Chestnut Dyes, Waterlox 2" x 2" x 6"
Scherk Tower I Detail view
This is a series of work based on an interesting class of minimal surfaces defined by the Mathematian Heinrich Scherk. Many images of these forms may be found on the internet, which provided the inspiration for the series.
While exploring these forms I ran across a program, Sculpture Generator, that Carlo Sequin wrote which will generate a 3D representation of a form based on parameters that can be modified by the user. I used the program to design a couple of these forms, but soon found that I could accomplish the design without the visual reference. I found that the jig I use to turn the form builds in repeatability and I can modify the twist of the form and hole size to my needs by eye.
I find the geometry of these forms a visual treat and may continue to explore them in further pieces.