OT - math meets sculpture

THis is where talking about weird little buildings took me:
http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~sequin/SCULPTS/collins.html
DOwnload the Sculpture Generator: http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~sequin/GEN/Sculpture%20Generator /
Enjoy ;)
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It'd haev to gbe assembled so as to stabilize it as much as possible - I've been trying to figure out how to do the nuts'n'bolts of the actual shaping. THat's got me stumped. THen ther eis , as you note, teh formidible finishing work. I thought it was really something.

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I checked it out; cute ;)

OTOH, that's true of pretty much everything - a lot of simple to moderate items, a few that are well-crafted, and then once in a while, Art ;)

There seems to be a whole genre of, for lack of a more accurate term, "backwoods art", or I guess it might be called Folk Art (tho' I'm not sure). It reminds me a bit of the "branch furniture", or whatever it's called, where people find branches and whatnot and, using minimal cutting/finishing, weave it together into benches and so on.
It's not my personal style/taste, but it *can* look nice in the right setting ;)
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(1) You never know 'till you try ;)
(2) Maybe you would like doing a differnt *form* of art/craft. (I somehow don't quite picture you as the cutesypie-critters type <g!>) IOW, rather than figures, maybe cut the logs into sections and reassemble them into abstract sculptures - that might be more in tune with your architectural mindset. And/or boreholes in shapes and set them up as unusual landscape-lighting - heck, they sell these solar lights that are sort-of vaguely rock-like, so why not "log lighting"? Make a hollow, carve out some holes for light to shie out of, stick a solar cell on top, wire it up, and Voila'! You could get two rounds, hollow them out like bowls, hollow out some opeings for the light to shine out, stick in the lighting, epoky them together, and put on a coating of resin or urethane or whatever. You could even get fancy and put in some plexiglss to protect the innards. If you wanted to get fancy, shape them a little bit, nothing too elaborate, and insert lighting into the shapes for a more sculptural (or depending upon the shapes, surreal) effect. -- I'd bet you dollars to donuts you could even sell things like that. I mean, heck, you've got the logs, and more importantly, you've got the workshop and you've got the tools! All you'd need is some solar-light kits, or wiring stuff for low-voltage outdoor lighting. I'm sure I've seen such things for sale on-line somewhere. Hey, here's one for ya!, I can make and sell ya some mini sained-glass inserts for the light-openings <G!> Then you can call it "Garden ART" and charge even more <LOL!> SOrry, I couldn't resist th ecompulsion to get the stained glass bti in there, since I'm (finally!) taking a class now <LOL!> OTOH, it's not necessarily a *bad* idea...

That can look nice - one tip, get some good-quality fiberglass (20-year) Landscape Fabric (a.k.a. weed-barrier) and line the back of the row - that'll keep the soil from seeping through any spaces. It will also cut down on weeds growing in-between, and if any do get in , makes it easier to deal with them.
Another thing I've seen is to use round cross-cuts as stepping "stones". HEY!, you can elaborate on that by adding in the lights mentioned above :)
Then there is the whole "rustic outdoor furniture" angle - a bit of shaping, and heck tschlep insome lights ;) , and Voila'!, benches and so on that double as lighting.
There are all sorts of things you can do. Again, you have the materials and you have the tools and the workshop, so it's not liek a person who has to buy all that before doing anything. So, the only limit is imagination ;)
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says...

Sounds like a good time to get a hold of someone with a WoodMizer and make it all into some lumber to sticker in that shop.
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Dang, that's unfortunate. When we lived in central Pennsylvania, we had a couple guys that advertised their service in the local Thrify Nickel newspaper.
WoodMizer ought to offer a way for their buyers to advertize services for hire! :-)
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says...

As soon as I wrote that, I remembered that the Forestry Forum has a searchable database for service providers! Duh.
Going to http://www.forestryforum.com/datasearch.html and looking for portable band mills in Indiana shows two that a sorta close; Greensburg. One of those seems to be interested in covering your area: M.L. Morrow Custom sawing
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