16” x 16”
Maple & ebony
Inspired by the election of Barack Obama.
Myrtlewood and ebony
Created from individually created tapered rings.
Maple and dyed veneers
The “Mr. Snelson” in the title refers to Kenneth Snelson, the inventor/discoverer of “tensegrity,” a technique of using opposing forces to hold components in place. The three-segmented loops are suspended by six loops of fishing line that are threaded through 24 locations (they don’t touch each other).
Maple, Texas ebony, bloodwood, and mesquite
The number 13 is well represented: there are 13 sets of rings, the spiral makes 13 revolutions before joining back to itself, along with the 13” diameter and the 13-degrees of tilt. For early Egyptians, 13 was considered their lucky number. Eternal life (immortality) was associated with the thirteenth step.
Myrtlewood and mesquite on a granite base
Inspired by a nursery song and the 2010 mid-term election resulting almost total inaction by the US Congress.