Produced by Jon Binzen
Hewlett-Packard is probably not identified for producing world-class
woodworkers, however they’ll declare a minimum of partial credit score for
Frenchman Pascal Oudet, engineer who started his
profession designing pc motherboards for H-P in 1998. Oudet
found that one of many perks of the job was entry to a
giant, native woodshop. Whereas a lot of his colleagues had been
climbing the Alps of their off-hours, Oudet started spending extra
and extra of his free time doing woodwork. A couple of years down the
highway he was so hooked on the lathe that he scaled again his
electrical engineering job to half time so he might commit extra
time to turning.
What Oudet has gone on to do in wooden is probably not as mysterious
as nanotechnology, however it might pressure a woodworker’s credulity.
Beginning with chainsawn hunks of inexperienced European oak, Oudet
turns wafer-thin disks-some three ft in diameter-and vessels
and tubular items with partitions simply 2mm (slightly greater than 1/16
Oudet’s items reveal the anatomy of the oak. By turning them
so skinny after which sandblasting them till he has scoured away
the softer spring progress rings, he creates items composed
solely of the wooden’s more durable summer time progress rings and medullary
This audio slideshow presents a bounty of Oudet’s extraordinary
items in addition to pictures of the method he makes use of to make them.