Awesome Spheres

Turning an End-Grain Sphere

Turning an End-Grain Sphere

After working with some black palm wood and seeing its unusual end-grain pattern, artist Andy Phillip wanted to make a piece of art from it. So he cut some slices of the wood, attached them to a plastic form, covered them in resin, then turned the whole thing on his lathe. The finished piece looks like it could make a cool bowling ball.

Bending a LEGO Sphere

Bending a LEGO Sphere

We’ve been spellbound by the many unconventional LEGO structures posted on the Brick Bending channel. For this creation, they linked together 3696 1×2 plates with 72 2×2 plates to create a spherical rhombicuboctahedron. You’d never know where this build was going if we didn’t tell you first.

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Omni-Directional Ball Robot

Omni-Directional Ball Robot

Inspired by Goodyear’s concept for a ball-shaped tire, engineer James Bruton created a spherical wheel that can roll in any direction. After validating the design, he built a trio of the wheels and attached them to a robot as a testbed for the technology. We’re impressed with the little fella’s agility.

Woodturning a Briar Root Sphere

Woodturning a Briar Root Sphere

Scrap Wood City shows us just how beautiful a hunk of wood can be, as he gradually whittles down a hunk of burled briar root. Working with a somewhat wonky lathe, he gradually turns the wood into a dramatic spherical sculpture that still lets some of its natural textures show through.

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel are always on the lookout for things that hold onto so much energy before failing that they explode catastrophically. Paper does the trick quite well, and now we see that solid glass spheres have similar explosive potential.

Craighill Venn Steel Puzzle

Craighill Venn Steel Puzzle
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Desktop accessory maker Craighill’s stainless steel puzzle forms a complete sphere when assembled, but figuring out how to put its three components together is harder than it looks. It measures the same diameter as a pool ball, but weighs a hefty 1 lb, 12 oz. Pre-order price available for a limited time from Drop.

Definitely Knot Art

Definitely Knot Art

Forgive the punny title, but artist Keith Williams‘ description of his wooden geodesic sphere is factually accurate. Watch as he takes a bunch of pieces of knotty wood into an impressive sculpture. They also briefly doubled as dominoes.

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