The Hawaiian Islands have always offered me a respite and an opportunity to recharge. This Thanksgiving, we visited Kauai, the Garden Island, for the first time. My visit here has made me think about my 2.5D carvings of Maui (see https://www.makercave.org/2021/11/14/november-14-2021/) and how to expand upon that idea. I want to do the whole Hawaiian Island chain, each island topographically and geographically represented. Ideally I would like to make this carving out of koa wood, but have had no luck in sourcing any significant amount here on Kauai.
Application for creating 3D printable terrain models
Using this online terrain model generator, I created a 3D model of the Hawaiian Islands and laid out the carve in VCarve Pro. The final carve, which would make an excellent piece of wall art, would be 58″ wide and 30″ tall.
I am moving forward with building a separate shop for all my “dust-creation” equipment and have begun the design phase. I am looking to situate a 35′ wide by 24′ deep detached shop in the open area between the garage and the storage container. This is what the initial design looks like.
Last Friday, I made a down payment on this bad boy, 130W CO2 Laser Cutter. It will allow me to cut 4’x8′ sheets of material, up to 1/2″ plywood. When assembly is completed, I will pay the remaining balance, and it should arrive at my door in about a month.