Breezy Hill Turning

Turned Wood Art by Michael Foster

Minimal Surfaces
Tesselcat-10-141214

Tesselcat
A tesselation pattern pierced into a turned catenoid form
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Tesselcat-2-141214

Tesselcat
Walnut, Lacquer
10.5"H x 7.5"D

Tesselcat-71-141214-1-141214

Tesselcat
Detail of the tesselation

RibbonSphere-2-141004

Ribbon Sphere
Hints of a cube shaped ribbon contained in a sphere
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RibbonSphere-8-141004

Ribbon Sphere
Ribbon- Massur birch and tung oil, Stand- Maple and Acrylics

RibbonSphere-23-141004

Ribbon Sphere
6" D on sphere, 13" total height

BinaryBlackHole-12-140529-Edit-2

Binary Black Hole
A modified Lawson minimal surface
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BinaryBlackHole-14-140529-Edit

Binary Black Hole
Form- Cherry, India Ink and Acrylics, Stand- Maple and acrylics

BinaryBlackHole-23-140529

Binary Black Hole
13” x 9” x 2”

EuclidsPhenix-3-140119

Euclid's Phenix
A piece selected for the AAW’s “Rising” show.
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EuclidsPhenix-21-140120

A sphere with flares arranged in an icosahedron standing on a complex mobius strip.

EuclidsPhenix-22-140120

Euclid's Phenix
Overall- 17.5” H x 7.5” D, sphere- 5.5” D

Riptide-6-130130

Riptide
A collaboration with Ed Kelle. I turned the form, and he did the fantastic carving.
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Riptide-8-130202

Riptide
Maple 8” D x 7” H

ConicInversion-37-120923

Conic Inversion
A minimal surface that joins 2 opposite cones with a surrounding circular border
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ConicInversion-38-120930

Form- Ash, 7”W x 5”H, Bleach, Acrylics, Krylon. Stand- Compwood, 12” Deep 11”H, Ink, Krylon

OakTrefoil-34-120708

Oak Trefoil
A collaboration with Andy DiPietro.
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OakTrefoil-36-120708

refoil form; Chestnut Oak, Andy’s Oakobolo finish, 6” H x 7.5”D. Stand; Maple, dye, 7.125”H x 4”D. 13”H x 7.5” D together

CrossingTunnels-17-120823

Crossing Tunnels
A minimal surface based on the Chen-Gackstatter form

CrossingTunnels-16-120715

Crossing Tunnels
palted Tasmanian Rose Myrtle Burl, 5” x 5” x 6.5”, Bush Oil, Base is maple with leather dye.

TrefoilWaves-7-120930

Trefoil Waves
Another collaboration with Andy DiPietro
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TrefoilWaves-6-120930

Form- Figured Ash, dyed blue on black finish, 6” H x 7.5”D. Stand; Maple, dye, 7.125”H x 4”D, 13”H x 7.5” D together.

DistortionII-17-120715

Distortion II
A minimal surface of the intersection of an Enneper form with a flat plane.
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DistortionII-18-120715

Distortion II
Maple burl, lacquer, 9” x 12” x 4”, 11” high on stand. Maple Stand, Feibings dye, lacquer.

Inversion-14-120413

Inversion
A minimal surface that joins a trefoil knot with a circle as the outer edge.
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Inversion-12-120413

Figured big leaf maple, Bleach, stain, pyrography, 9" x 2.5”, stand is maple with dye and Krylon

Trefoil-16-120625

Trefoil
This is the first “Trefoil” piece I did and the one I like the best. Based on the Enneper minimal surface form with 3 lobes (hence the title).
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Trefoil-15-120625

Trefoil
Masur Birch, lacquer, 7”D x 5”H. Stand is maple dyed with Feibings and lacquer.

Trefoil-17-120625

Trefoil
Another view

Enneper-21-120325

Enneper
A minimal surface based on the form that the mathematician Enneper described
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Enneper-15-120325

Enneperbr>Redwood burl, 3” x 4”, Bubinga stand.

Distortion-24-120325

Distortion
The first of these pieces I did based on the intersection of an Enneper minimal surface with a plane.
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Distortion-25-120325

Distortion
Maple burl, 10" x 8" x 3.5”, Oil. Bubinga stand.

4HungryChicks-5-110321

4 Hungry Chicks
Based on the Shoen hybrid triply periodic minimal surface.
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4HungryChicks-6-110321

4 Hungry Chicks
Black Ash burl, 4.125" x 4.125" x 3.75”, tung oil/varnish mix

TaoGeometryII-18-130108

Tao of Geometry II

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TaoGeometryII-17-130108

Form- Elder Burl, Aniline dye, bleach, acrylics, Bush oil 8”D x 3”deep Stand is maple comp wood, ebonized with india ink 14”W x 4”H Slate base

CostaHoffmanMeeks-11-101212

Costa Hoffman Meeks
A minimal surface named for the mathematicians that described it with math.
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CostaHoffmanMeeks-32-110108

Costa Hoffman Meeks
A very intriguing form. There are only 2 sides to the form shown by the different colors as a result of the tunnels that join the surfaces.

CostaHoffmanMeeks-35-110108

Costa Hoffman Meeks
Bubinga, bleached on one side, lacquer. 9”D x 6”H. Branded and ebonized maple base.

Geometree-3-101121

Geometree A piece turned from wood sent by John Jordan for Vicki Jordan’s “Beloved Tree” project. The form is a catenoid, and is meant to evoke the base of a tree. Jordan maple, 5”D x 7.5”H, pyrography, lacquer, acrylic (tire) and string.

InfiniteLoop-7-110409

Infinite Loop
A trefoil knot minimal surface. The edges of the piece trace out a trefoil knot, and the wood joins those edges in a minimal surface.
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InfiniteLoop-8-110409

Infinite Loop
Elder burl, colored epoxy, oil. 5.5”D x 2”

Lawson-17-111002

Lawson
A minimal surface described by the mathematician, Lawson, and inspired by vesicle-like microorganisms.
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Lawson-32-111002

Lawson
Ebonized Butternut, 8.5” x 5”

TaoGeometry-11-120203

The Tao of Geometry
Based on Infinite loop trefoil, with the middle twist removed. I did this with the intention echoing the Yin Yang Taoist symbol.
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TaoGeometry-12-120203

The Tao of Geometry
Black ash burl, 12"H x 3"deep x 8" diameter. Stained on one side, bleached on the other, Lacquer

SpaceWarp-2-110310

Space Warp
A minimal surface based on the intersection of a double Enneper minimal surface with a flat plane.
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SpaceWarp-4-110310

Space Warp
Corrugata Burl, Tung oil/varnish mix, 13” x 9.5 x 4”, acrylic stand.

Vortex-7-110310

Vortex
A simple minimal surface, a catenoid.
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Vortex-4-110228

Vortex
Red Maple, acrylics, 9”x9”.

AncientMath-7-110107

Ancient Math
Based on 3 interlinked rings known as Borromean Rings. A minimal surface joins the rings.
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AncientMath-8-110107

Ancient Kauri. This wood is salvaged from bogs in New Zealand and is as old as 50,000 years. 5” x 5" x 5”, pyrography, lacquer

AncientMath-10-110107

Ancient Math
Another view

OpenWide-3-110310

Open Wide
A minimal surface that joins an outer circle with an inner ellipse at right angles to the circle.
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OpenWide-4-110310

Open Wide
Maple from Vicki Jordan’s “Beloved Tree” project, lacquer, 5” x 3”.

SchwarzCat-3-110310

Schwarz’s Cat
A minimal surface that joins 6 circles centered on the faces of a cube with a catenoid base. Walnut, Tung oil/varnish mix, 6.25"h x 4.5"d
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Parastichy-7-110115

Parastichy
A catenoid minimal surface (one of the simplest) pierced with 2 opposing spirals, 21 in one direction and 34 in the other. These are numbers that are part of the Fibonacci series.
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Parastichy-8-110115

Parastichy
Box elder, acrylics, Fixatiff, 7” D x 8.5” H

Minimal Surfaces