Candy Dish

In 2012 my employers decided it was a good idea to buy a CNC machine (more about that, undoubtedly, elsewhere on the site) - which, for the unitiated is a router (for the even-more-uninitiated, that's basically an electric motor with a bladed bit on the end, like a hyper-drill that cuts a shaped profile horizontially) on a computer-controlled gantry system (see more here, ok? www.shopbottools.com). I can't even begin to explain what it IS (wait, I can: it's a robot saw/router) , but I made this with it. From my perspective, the ability to draw (on the computer) a nice cube and then subtract from it part of a sphere is entirely novel. To then put a block of wood into a machine and have, in your hands, that shape in a matter of minutes (in this case, about 30) is just plain far-freakin'-out.


CNC carved with loving care

Thus we have this attractive candy dish, suitable for entry foyer or parlour side table. The pressure-dyed skateboard maple has been glued up, trimmed to size, machine-carved, lovingly hand sanded, microwaved (!), and hand rubbed with butcher's block wax. If I had more time I've sealed it with polyurethane so one could actually put candy in it, but for now it'll do for an incremental practice-item-turned-attractive-objét. You could store a bowling ball on it, or leave keys and pocket change in it.
I could have made 2 negative-sphere-shapes, or a funny oblong blob, or a skul peering up out of the dish. And I probably, eventually, will. But so far I'm still trying to get over "clean sphereish form".


A close up view of the layers! The light


Dyed Maple lamination, 5"x5"x1.25" 2012