Curiosities

Transforming creative design concepts into wooden objects is an essential component of my pursuits.

Rattlebacks—scientific mysteries; a musical tree using marbles as a children’s toy or decorative object; a small desk clock inspired by Henry Dudeney; a baffling puzzle drawing on the work of Lewis Carroll—all make for unforgettable gifts.

Entertaining, educational and surprising, rich in symbolism and history, my fine woodwork aims to make science accessible in a form that is pleasing to the eye.

RATTLEBACK – Delwin

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Wood: Black walnut – Poplar – Sugar maple
Decorative assembly: rabbet
Pyrography:  Celtic or Egyptian motif (specify your choice)
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Spinning direction: Counter-clockwise

Rattleback with celtic rose:
The pyrographed rosette on this model evokes the harmony associated with the golden number (1,618…) that is often found in architecture and nature.
Rattleback with Horus eye (Oudjat):
The Horus eye symbolizes the quest for knowledge, a glimpse at the invisible. It is also associated with the history of mathematics.

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Price: $110.00

RATTLEBACK – GAEL

Wood: Apple – Black walnut -Linden
Decorative assembly:  Tongue and groove
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 inches)
Code: M80

Model for business gifts.  Several colours available.
Also available in a larger size for museums and universities (from 23 inches up to 8 feet long).

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Price: $95.00

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RATTLEBACK – DUNCAN

Wood: Black walnut – White ash
Decorative assembly: Rabbet
Dimensions: About 25 cm (10 in)
Code: M20

This model brings together two of the most highly sought-after wood types in woodworking: White ash and Black walnut.

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Price: $90.00

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RATTLEBACK – Morgan

Each rattleback has a mind of its own…
Some spin only clockwise, others only counter-clockwise. If you try to spin it the other way, it wobbles and starts spinning in the original direction!

Wood: Sugar maple
Dimensions: About 20 cm (8 in)
Spinning direction: Counter-clockwise

As the emblematic tree of Canada, the sugar maple owes its name to the sweet sap from which syrup is derived.  Its extremely hard wood, an ivory colour, lends itself particularly well to wood burning. It is also valued for its extremely smooth surface which is obtained through polishing.

These two intertwined snakes on the rattleback are a reproduction of the Book of Kells (9th century). They are each looking in different directions.  Which way should they turn?

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Price: $38.00

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HENRY DUDENEY DESK CLOCK (German made movement)

Single face clock with setting in the back of the dial.
Albert Froidevaux & Fils S.A, Switzerland.

Spalted maple, black walnut.
20 cm x 23 cm x 5 cm (8 x 9 x 1.75 in)
800 gr.
Life-time warranty on the quartz movement
Metal alloy case, round glass lens, steel backplate
Battery included
Option: Laser-engraved logo for corporate gifts (logo example on the picture)

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Price: $450.00

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LEAF CONCERTO – musical toy

This tree shaped musical toy sounds similar to a xylophone. Place the marbles at the top of the tree and they will make each leaf ring as they descend.

The motion path of the marbles is never completely the same. The challenge is to make all of the marbles tumble down without straying from the motion path surrounding the trunk.

This sound game for all ages is also a decorative piece that never fails to impress!

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Poplar – oak – recycled leather
35cm x 70cm (14×28 in)

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This tree shaped musical toy sounds similar to a xylophone. Place the marbles at the top of the tree and they will make each leaf ring as they descend.

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Price: $310.00

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LEWIS CARROLL BAFFLING PUZZLE

Rules of the Game:  Reshape a square on the same surface with one piece less than in the starting configuration…  Illusion or geometry?

The principle of this puzzle draws on a discovery made by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), mathematician and author of the famous 1865 publication, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Presentation booklet

If you need clues to find the solution, contact me!

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Price: $190.00

HENRY DUDENEY DESK CLOCK (USA-MADE MOVEMENT)

This Art Deco style clock is a rare and original object.
It conveys the idea that the plans we make sooner or later turn out differently as time goes on.

This 4-piece division was invented by the mathematician Henry Dudeney in 1902.
It is based on the Lowry-Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theorem which states that two polygons of equal area can be endlessly transformed into one other by dissection.
This theorem paved the way for minimal geometric division, which is a science that is as difficult as it is imaginative.

To this day, Henry Dudeney holds the record for minimalism since dividing the triangle-square into 3 pieces remains a mystery.

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Curly sugar maple, black walnut
6 hinges, 4 magnets
20 cm x 23 cm x 5 cm (8 x 9 x 1.75 in)
800 gr.
Made in USA clocks
Life-time warranty on the clock
Brass ring, curved glass lens
Battery included
Option: Laser-engraved logo for corporate gifts

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Price: $380.00