Hamp Stevens

Artist
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St. Simons Island, GA USA
I am an Artist whose work is based in Mathematics. I work in Metal, Wood, Plastic and Paper. All of my work is and exercise in exactness. Everything I do requires exact calculations that then must be translated into reality using conventional woodworking and metal working equipment. This involves setups and procedures that are very unique and often one of a kind.
Golden Sphere
45 x 45 cm
Gold Plated Stainless Steel
2014
A Rhombicosidodecahedron made from Arc bands of gold plate. The arcs fold to form Spherical Triangles. Consists of 12 pentagonal , 30 square and 20 triangular components. The pentagonal shapes consist of 5 left and right spherical triangles. The square shapes each have 4 left and right spherical triangles. The triangular shapes have 3 left and right spherical triangles. All total there are 240 component arc bans and 1280 bolts. The inspiration for this work was Fr. Magnus Wenningers book "Spherical Models"
A Ribbon of Wood.
30 x 20 x 20 cm
Wood; Maghogny, Blood Wood, Yellow Heart, Purple Heart
2014
A ribbon of wood. It is made from Truncated Cones. The cones consist of 7/8" thick rings of wood with the inside and outside angled at 45 deg. Each ring is cut so it stacks perfectly on top of the ring below it. The cones are assembled and put in a wood lathe and spun down to a uniform thickness and cone height. Each cone is sanded and finished. Then the cones are cut in half on a band saw. The resulting 1/2 truncated cones are assembled and joined together to form the ribbons. The hyperbolas result from laminating strips of wood laid out horizontally and then cut in circular rings. The inspiration for this work came from Malcomb Tibbetts book "Segmented Woodturning".
Spherical Truncated Icosahedron-A Wooden Soccer Ball
30 x 30 x 30 cm
Wood; Maple, Walnut and Padauk
2013
A Spherical Truncated Icosahedron-consisting of 12 Pentagons and 20 Hexagons. The Pentagon are mitered or beveled at 18.6887 degrees. Each of the 20 Hexagons has 2 miters or bevels that alternate between 18.6887 and 20.9052 degrees. All the edge lengths are 2 inches. The piece is first assembled and the turned down to sphere on a wood lathe. The inspiration for this work was Roberts Webbs program "Stella 4-D"