Because of the size of the Big Island, I had to be a bit more creative in getting a piece of material large enough. I found some 2.25” thick black walnut stock, cut it in half, square off one of the lengths on each piece and glued them together to create a large enough work piece.
While shopping at Goby, I decided to stock up on some beautiful pieces I found in the end cuts section. I will allow ideas to marinate.
Now while carving the Big Island, I encountered catastrophe. The belt pulley on the X-axis ball screw of the X-Carve broke off, leaving me with no movement on the X-axis.
I quickly made a call to Inventables, and it looks like the fix will be a swapping out of the entire gantry. Inventables is shipping out a replacement, but the disappointment is less than palatable. I am going to need to figure out how to change out the gantry.
My first attempt to carve the Hawaiian Islands Chain was to have it fit all on the bed of the X-Carve Pro, so it had to be scaled within 48”x48” area. However, I felt that some of resulting islands were too small, and the overall look felt underwhelming.
The problem in need of a solution was to figure out how to accurately position the islands in a space that was larger than the bed of the X-Carve Pro. My solution was to create 30”x22” indexed tiles with cut-out outlines of the islands in their respective locations. The tiles could be laid out onto a surface (such as a wall or table) and the individual island carvings would be placed in the cut-outs. I chose 30”x22” tiles because it with the size of my shipping boxes (if I ever got around to making them available for sale). This way I could scale the islands as big as the bed of the X-Carve Pro if desired.
My first attempt will be the island chain scaled at 72” wide. The results are impressive.
I have not gotten to carving the Big Island yet, which when completed will be about 16”x19”.
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.