- A Patchwork Globe

Steven Perry
- see photos at end for ones which are for sale
This is what I received in the mail from one of my sons! Patchwork - but not as we know it. Patchwork using wood, and very definately 3D.
Making do, repurposing, seeing things differently - all these have been the hallmarks of my life and my sons seem to have picked it up. I asked husband the other day if he really minded? The only new things in the house are the whiteware and electronic items.
First born son is into computer hardware - and an endless help for me there (just not into coding websites!). While this is one of the areas I stick to purchasing 'new' in, his residence is full of all sorts of re-used items even in this field.
Second son (Steven) is more into the hands on area. Although - he certainly does enlist the help of technology when he can.
I taught both sons to sew - who knows when that would be needed? Maybe never, but ....
Steven sewed a beautiful quilt for me about 25 years ago (image not yet shown, but coming)
Statler Stitchers are a CNC (computer numerical control) machines - as are laser cutters. Statler Stitchers are 2 dimensional CNC machines, but rather than cutting anything or engraving - they stitch - but both use files generated from base dxf ones. Steven started playing with CNC machines - the engraving kind, and a couple of years ago made me a lovely coaster (see more of this in the 'Wholecloth Feather Bars by Sharon' quilt in the gallery.
Back to the Patchwork Globe.
Now Steven has got more clever, and started down the 3D road with CNC machines.
Everyone knows how I just love hexagons - which are basically made up of 6 equilateral triangles.
Well - this globe is also made up of equilateral triangles, but with them needing to curve in to form the globe just 5 of them were placed next to each other.
They are all complex curved hexagons - as in their edges have to be just slightly curved (to help make the circle) [strong>and[/strong> the centres of each of the individual pieces have to be higher than the outer edges - if put one of the triangles down on the desk, it would be a little mountain. It is the mountain idea which forms the patterns - like a contour map!
The globe is made out from offcuts of plywood - and has imperfections, which adds to its character. The stand has a little trick all of its own - which allows the globe to be spun around (very carefully).
Vital Statistics
The bottom of the base is just under 6 inches across.
The globe measures about 25 inches around - therefore about 8 inches across (not small)
Steven is thinking of making more and selling them - so if anyone is interested please contact me.
MORE PHOTOS to come - once I can get them to 'stick' there!!!!!!!

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