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Michael Baker
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This is a set that includes the Sewell Block Appearance, and the Baker-Tysl Block Vanish.

In effect, the 3" block is removed from the pagoda cabinet, and the rod replaced through the cabinet. The block is vanished via the squarish box with the lid, and it reappears inside the pagoda cabinet, THREADED on the rod!

There is a ton of work involved in these with some very cool mechanics going on. It takes several months to make one to these specs. The block appearance cabinet is a creation of Len Sewell, and described in an obscure little booklet published in the 1940's. It can also be found in one of the Albo books. The Block vanish is a creation from me and a collector who I made the first set for. Very fast vanish of a block that can be handled freely and seen on all six sides.

I have only made a handful of these in the past, and this is one of a current run of three sets. The other two sets will be worked on as time permits, and then I'll offer them for sale.

FYI for woodworkers... The two columns on the front of the pagoda are made by doing half turnings. Basically, two pieces of wood are screwed together and then turned as a single unit. Afterward, when the piece is cut away from the waste, it separates into two identical half pieces, profile on the front and flat on the back.

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Michael this work is insanely great. I'd love to see a performance to get the feel. Awesome.
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Beautiful! Looks like a set of Mahjong tiles...

I want one!
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Darn you and your ability to make things square Smile
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Beautiful job Michael,

I'm going to go out and throw my tools away and just buy my stuff from you. How much? Why wouldn't you just turn the columns then run them through the band saw and cut them down the middle?

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Michael Baker
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On 2011-08-01 22:47, Dr. Solar wrote:
Why wouldn't you just turn the columns then run them through the band saw and cut them down the middle?




Have you ever tried to do that?? This is actually much easier and more accurate. It's a cool technique, just keep your lathe tools away from the screws! Smile
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This beautiful work. If you post any more pictures please put a ruler or dollar bill or something for scale. I'll admit, I don't really know how big the piece you made is (I just know that it looks wonderful and sounds like a great effect).

Thank you for sharing.
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On 2011-08-02 01:35, curtgunz wrote:
This beautiful work. If you post any more pictures please put a ruler or dollar bill or something for scale. I'll admit, I don't really know how big the piece you made is (I just know that it looks wonderful and sounds like a great effect).

Thank you for sharing.


3" block.
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Wow, as nice and detailed as it is, I thought the block was much bigger. I'm even more impressed.
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Hi Michael,
Absolutely fantastic. I am not even completely sure what it does. I just know it is beautiful and it is something that I would be proud to own!! Great job. Detail is perfect!
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Gorgeous as usual, Michael. Thanks for the post. And thanks too for the tip on the half columns; I now seem to remember seeing it somewhere. but certainly wouldn't have thought of it if I wanted to turn something!
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On 2011-08-02 12:44, George Ledo wrote:
Gorgeous as usual, Michael. Thanks for the post. And thanks too for the tip on the half columns; I now seem to remember seeing it somewhere. but certainly wouldn't have thought of it if I wanted to turn something!

Ditto!
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I have some more of the half turnings to do for a couple more of these sets, but likely won't even begin that until I get back from Colon. I'll try to remember to shoot a couple photos of the process as I go.
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Beautiful work, absolutely beautiful. Are those real Chinese ideograms on the block (I assume they are Chinese)? If so, do they have a particular meaning or message?
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Nice workmanship! My best regards to you!
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On 2011-08-03 14:31, darylrogers wrote:
Beautiful work, absolutely beautiful. Are those real Chinese ideograms on the block (I assume they are Chinese)? If so, do they have a particular meaning or message?


The Chinese characters are to be read individually, not in groups. I don't recall each one specifically (I'd have to check my files again), but I made a point of using characters that represented various things in nature, applicable to much of the philosophy of Okito type design, or fundamentals or emotions applicable to a magician (by my definition). There have been other pieces that I put out that had either the word "magic", or "magician", or "wizard", or "Michael" (wink!).
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To any woodworkers, RE: turning half columns:

Michael Baker, I have no doubt that your method works, but I thought I would mention something that a college professor taught when I was taking "shop class" for a design major.

We glued two pieces of wood together with a sheet of newspaper in between them. (Clamped, dried.) When it was dried, we centered the lathe mount on that line, where the newspaper was.

After turning a form of some kind or another, we wedged a chisel in there and it usually popped apart into two pieces easily.

Maybe something to experiment with, if you are an avid turner of wooden pieces.

~Nick
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Thanks for the info, Nick. Paper mounting is a common technique used for some lathe work where a face plate, chuck screw, etc. are impractical. I've found for half turnings, screwing the pieces together is faster than waiting for a glue joint to dry with any kind of security. There is also zero chance of the pieces coming apart, such as could happen if a gouge dug in. I put the screws in about 1/2" from the end, with heads going opposite direction to equalize the balance. The waste is very little. The key is to know how far you can turn toward the waste and avoid the screws. Hitting one would totally wreck a good (and expensive) lathe tool.

Yes, the lathe centers have be right on the joint, or the pieces could end up any ratio other than 50:50. Off center along the line is not so bad, but it still pays to shoot for the middle.

But I guess like many things, there are often more than single ways to accomplish the task! Smile
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Wow... Really beautiful work, Michael! Great detail. lol... I can build big stuff... as long as you don't get tooo close! I admire your craftsmanship.
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This is simply stunning work Michael. Yet again, I am not surprised.
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