Where nature, color, and geometry meet; here you’ll find my series of abstract Rainbow Wood pendants. Each represents a study in specific forms and symmetry. In some ways these are the most artistic bits of work I’ve ever done. Not representational, but coming from a deeper self. The way my mind shapes form.  The road to my first nice rainbow wood pendant was much longer then expected.  Every aspect of this gave me difficulty. The first set that finally came out clean and beautiful will always hold a special place in my heart.

There are seven individual designs in this series. Each piece was routed from a four ply laminate of Rainbow Wood, and covered in a thick layer of epoxy resin to form a solid shape. They maintain symmetry across either three or four lines radiating from the central point of the pendant or are composed with no symmetry, but share a common theme of form.  On the back of each pendant you’ll find the WompGear logo; a ‘W’ inside the solid outline of a gear.

This series marks my first efforts into artwork made from homemade multicolored wood, or Rainbow Wood.  The idea to make pendants specifically was born out of a need for rapid prototyping to hash out unforeseen difficulties in fabrication and a desire to practice various 3D sculting techinques.  

The original designs in this series were actually sketched by hand on a tiny notepad while lying on beach in Galveston Texas.  Those designs were traced (with symmetry) on a gfx tablet and the resulting sketches used as reference for modeling.  Once the models were cut they were cleaned up with a collection of X-acto knives and diamond files to remove burrs and refine detail.  The designs were then treated with a few layers of sanding sealer and spray polycrylic to seal the pores in the wood surface.  This step is necessary to minimize the number of bubbles that form in the resin layer.  The epoxy resin was then poured over the design cut outs and, once dry, the resin was routed to shape.  

Most folks that see these pieces have no idea how much effort and how many different steps it took to make something so small and humble.  The point of making my process robust was always to allow for room to grow, but for now these little guys are gorgeous and, after months of trial and error, I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.