Breezy Hill Turning

Turned Wood Art by Michael Foster



<p style="text-align:center;">Binary Black Hole<br />A piece inspired by the mathematical form described by Lawson and inspired by unicellular life forms with stomata.  Also inspired by the very rare cosmological occurrence of a binary black hole.  The binary black hole was considered theoretically possible but not confirmed until recent astronomical discoveries that  appear to verify their existence.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Binary Black Hole<br />Cherry, India Ink, Acrylics<br />13&rdquo; x 9&rdquo; x 2&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Euclid&rsquo;s Phenix<br />A piece completed and selected for the AAW&rsquo;s &ldquo;Rising&rdquo; show.<br />A sphere with flares arranged in an icosahedron standing on a complex mobius strip.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Euclid&rsquo;s Phenix<br />Mobius stand turned and carved from maple, acrylics<br />Hollow cherry sphere turned and hollowed, carved with pyrography, acrylics<br />Overall- <span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">17.5&rdquo; H x 7.5&rdquo; D,  sphere- 5.5&rdquo; D</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Riptide<br />A collaboration with Ed Kelle.  He liked my previous piece (Conic Inversion) and suggested doing a collaboration using the same form.  I turned the form, and he spent a huge amount of time removing most of the wood to this stage of delicacy.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">RIptide<br />Maple<br />8&rdquo; D x 7&rdquo; H</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Conic Inversion<br />A minimal surface that joins 2 opposite cones with a surrounding circular border.  Pierced pattern based on the Fibonacci series.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Conic Inversion<br /><span style="font:10px Verdana, serif; ">Form- Ash, 7&rdquo;W x 5&rdquo;H, Bleach, Acrylics, Krylon.  <br />Stand- Compwood, 12&rdquo; Deep 11&rdquo;H, Ink, Krylon<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Trefoil Waves<br />Another collaboration with Andy DiPietro.   I turned and carved the stand and object, Andy sandblasted the form, dyed and finished it.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Trefoil Waves<br /><span style="font:10px Verdana, serif; ">Trefoil form;  Figured Ash, sand-textured, dyed blue on black finish, 6&rdquo; H x 7.5&rdquo;D.  Stand;  Maple, USMC black leather dye, 7.125&rdquo;H x 4&rdquo;D, 13&rdquo;H x 7.5&rdquo; D together.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Crossing Tunnels<br><span style="font:10px Verdana, serif; ">A minimal surface based on the Chen-Gackstatter form, which is a modification of the Enneper form with tunnels joining the opposite surfaces</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Crossing Tunnels<br><span style="font:10px Verdana, serif; ">Spalted Tasmanian Rose Myrtle Burl, 5&rdquo; x 5&rdquo; x 6.5&rdquo;, Bush Oil, Base is maple with leather dye.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Distortion II<br>A minimal surface of the intersection of an Enneper form with a flat plane.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Distortion II<br><span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">Maple burl, lacquer, 9&rdquo; x 12&rdquo; x 4&rdquo;,   11&rdquo; high on stand.  Maple Stand, Feibings dye, lacquer.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Oak Trefoil<br>Another collaboration with Andy DiPietro.   The form is based on a threefold iteration of the Enneper form.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Oak Trefoil<br><span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">Trefoil form;  Chestnut Oak, Andy&rsquo;s Oakobolo finish (sandblasting followed by dyes and Bush oil), 6&rdquo; H x 7.5&rdquo;D.  Stand;  Maple, USMC black leather dye, 7.125&rdquo;H x 4&rdquo;D.    13&rdquo;H x 7.5&rdquo; D together.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Inversion<br />A minimal surface that joins a trefoil knot as the inner edge with a circle as the outer edge. </p> <p style="text-align:center;">Inversion<br><span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">Figured big leaf maple, Bleach, stain, pyrography,  9" x 2.5&rdquo;, stand is maple with dye and Krylon<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Trefoil<br>This is the first &ldquo;Trefoil&rdquo; piece I did and the one I like the best.  Based on the Enneper minimal surface form with 3 lobes (hence the title).</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Trefoil<br><span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">Masur Birch, lacquer, 7&rdquo;D x 5&rdquo;H.  Stand is maple dyed with Feibings and lacquer.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Enneper<br>A minimal surface based on the form that the mathematician, Enneper, described and is a basic building block for many other minimal surface forms.  Redwood burl, 3&rdquo; x 4&rdquo;, Bubinga stand.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Distortion<br>The first of these pieces I did based on the intersection of an Enneper minimal surface with a plane.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Distortion<br>Maple burl, <span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">10" x 8" x 3.5&rdquo;, Oil.  Bubinga stand.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Lawson<br />A minimal surface described by the mathematician, Lawson, and inspired by vesicle-like microorganisms.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Lawson<br />Ebonized Butternut, 8.5&rdquo; x 5&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align:center;">The Tao of Geometry<br />Based on Infinite loop trefoil, with the middle twist removed.   I did this with the intention echoing the Yin Yang Taoist symbol.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">The Tao of Geometry<br /> Black ash burl,  12"H x 3"deep x 8" diameter.  Stained on one side, bleached on the other, Lacquer</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Infinite Loop<br />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.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Infinite Loop<br />Elder burl, colored epoxy, oil.  5.5&rdquo;D x 2&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align:center;">4 Hungry Chicks<br />Black Ash burl,  4.125" x 4.125" x 3.75&rdquo;, tung oil/varnish mix.  Based on the Shoen hybrid triply periodic minimal surface. </p> <p style="text-align:center;">Schwarz&rsquo;s Cat<br />A minimal surface that joins 6 circles centered on the faces of a cube with a catenoid base.  Walnut, <span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">Tung oil/varnish mix, 6.25"h x 4.5"d</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Vortex<br />A simple minimal surface, a catenoid.  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">Vortex<br />Red Maple, acrylics, 9&rdquo;x9&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Space Warp<br />A minimal surface based on the intersection of a double Enneper minimal surface with a flat plane.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Space Warp<br />Corrugata Burl, Tung oil/varnish mix, <span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">13&rdquo; x 9.5 x 4&rdquo;, acrylic stand.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Parastichy<br />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.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Parastichy<br />Box elder, acrylics, Fixatiff,  <span style="font:12px &#39;Lucida Grande&#39;, LucidaGrande, Verdana, sans-serif; ">7&rdquo; D x 8.5&rdquo; H</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;">Ancient Math<br />Ancient Kauri.  This wood is salvaged from bogs in New Zealand and is as old as 50,000 years.  5&rdquo; x 5" x 5&rdquo;, pyrography, lacquer</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Ancient Math<br />Based on 3 interlinked rings known as Borromean Rings.  A minimal surface joins the rings.  </p> <p style="text-align:center;">Open Wide<br />A minimal surface that joins an outer circle with an inner ellipse at right angles to the circle.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Open Wide<br />Maple from Vicki Jordan&rsquo;s &ldquo;Beloved Tree&rdquo; project, lacquer, 5&rdquo; x 3&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Geometree<br />A piece turned from wood sent by John Jordan for Vicki Jordan&rsquo;s &ldquo;Beloved Tree&rdquo; project.  The form is a catenoid, and is meant to evoke the base of a tree.  Jordan maple,  5&rdquo;D x 7.5&rdquo;H, pyrography, lacquer, acrylic (tire) and string.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Costa Hoffman Meeks<br />A minimal surface named for the mathematicians that described it with math.  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.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Costa Hoffman Meeks<br />Bubinga, bleached on one side, lacquer.  9&rdquo;D x 6&rdquo;H.  Branded and ebonized maple base.</p>
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Minimal Surfaces