Following our Cube in Cube and Swiss Cube project, the Sphere in Cube (or as we like to call it, the O Cube) is another classical yet rare craft which deserves to be noticed. While the origin of this craft is unknown, it's commonly act as a challenge for skilled woodworker.
It is not hard to see why the O Cube is so special. It features a sphere encaged in a cube where there is seemingly no way that it can be put in. That's because the sphere was never "put in" to the cube. Instead, the sphere was craved from inside the cube. In fact, our O Cubes are so perfectly crafted that the diameter of the sphere inside is extremely close to the width of the cube!
The leftmost design is the most tradition design featuring round windows. To develop our unique O Cube, we tackle that fact that the traditional design has a very small window ratio limiting the size and movement of the sphere inside. The middle would be the other extreme. By use square shape window, the size and movement of the sphere is most flexible. However, when looking directly to one of its surface, you can see some empty space in the corner. The contrast of the 2 shapes don't quite cohere. To get the best of both world, we combine the 2 designs to form what we have now. By having rounded lines for the window, it serves as a transition from the square shape of the cage to the sphere inside.
For those who have been following our projects (Cube In Cube & Swiss Cube), you'd know that we usually work with metal. However, for the O Cube, the material of choice is definitely wood. Not only because it follows the tradition, the unique pattern with wood justify the work put into making the O Cube.
Like fingerprints, every pieces of wood have their unique pattern and by placing the cube and sphere in the right direction, you can see that they are from the same piece of wood. This doesn't just prove that they are from the same piece of wood but also prove that each of them were produced through a lathe. If they were to be mass produced by any other method, you wouldn't see the beautiful pattern they have.
Our O Cubes are measured at 48mm on each side and will come in 3 types of wood: Cherry, Beech, Merbau and Bolivian Rosewood. After the project ends, you will receive a survey asking for the type of O Cube you want.
To us, the O Cube is a little more than just a cool looking object. When we first encounter it, we were excited to find out what kind of machinery or advance method was used to create it. As it turns out, the O Cube was made by nothing more than a simple lathe, meaning it's possible that the first O Cube could've been made hundreds of years ago. With just a simple twist in how we utilize our resources, we can create many great things and that's what the O Cube keeps on reminding us.
We think it's a shame that the O Cube was born long before the internet did and is therefore not known by many people. With this project, we hope to share it with more people and bring it the recognition deserves.
We are experienced with this type of projects and respect the origin of the objects we made. Each O Cube will be hand made on a lathe just like how the origin was created. You can check out what our backers say about our other projects!
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