David Hall

Artist & vzome collaborator
Marietta Georgia, USA

I enjoy woodworking and geometric constructions, so naturally, the recent discovery of the "Chord Factor Construction" technique for generating affine polygons on conic sections which form quadric surfaces led me to build some interesting and beautiful models. The two models I have submitted are based on the same shape - an affine hexagon faceted paraboloid, yet the media for the two models are very different. Developing the math behind the shape was as fun as the physical modeling of it.

I am pleased to submit these models in diverse media from simple to complex.

I am honored to co-author the paper with Scott Vorthmann and David Richter regarding the math behind the new geometric construction technique that is featured in these models.

Hickory Paraboloid with Hexagonal Facets
26 x 23 x 17 cm
Solid block of Hickory

This affine hexagon faceted paraboloid was made from a forked hickory tree branch. It was made by hand with just a rotary table on an old school 3-axis milling machine (no CNC). Some of the bark between the forked branches was retained at the base and back of the model to contrast the natural features of the tree from which it was carved with the sharp lines of the hexagonal facets.

The shape was inspired by similar models that I created with vZome. It is based on the "Chord Factor Construction" method for generating conic sections and quadric surfaces. This model combines the geometry behind the new technique with some artistic tools and skills of a disappearing era.

Paraboloid with only Integer Coordinates
60 x 60 x 60 cm

This paraboloid is made of standard zometool components. Only the vertices of the paraboloid and hexagonal facets are present (no edges). Struts in each of the three directions are the same length and color. They form the units of X, Y and Z axes of a transformed 3D coordinate system bounded by the paraboloid. The model shows that the paraboloid surface can be generated using only an integer point set. This surprising discovery is what initially prompted me to develop this model. This model is based on the "Chord Factor Construction" method for generating conic sections and quadric surfaces as described in the paper that I co-authored with Scott Vorthmann and David Richter for this year's conference.