This third and final installment regards the types of wood I utilize for my solar pyrography art. My main criteria for wood selection is the ability of the wood to burn; the softer the wood, the easier it burns. For this reason I work with the wood of coniferous trees. Deciduous trees take longer to burn, especially with the smallest magnifying glass. Also of importance to me is reducing my impact on the environment, thus I obtain my wood from sustainable sources, salvaging most of my material from construction waste. The most common type of wood I am able to...

Before I begin the second installment discussing the types of magnifying glasses I use, I need to supply a disclaimer: I am not an expert in physics, nor I have I received advanced education in optics. The information I am about to supply is based completely on my own experiences. Skin protection is important. I wear a wide brim hat and usually a long sleeve shirt. As mentioned in the first installment, eye safety is extremely important since the focussed light is tremendously bright, as can be seen in the following image in which the magnified light can be contrasted...

With a university degree in biology, Ger Cawdell finds inspiration for most of his artwork in nature and its inherent treasures, with a desire for the preservation of natural phenomena. Primarily a visual artist, Ger's art extends through several disciplines including drawing, painting, haiku poetry, photography, solar pyrography and wood carving. A resident of Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, Ger can frequently be found hiking with his sketchbook and binoculars or examining the night sky with his binoculars and bird spotting scope (which doubles as his telescope). Currently working on his first book of haiku and drawings,...

SWIMMING THE RINGS OF A GAS HYPERGIANT by Ludwig Ludwig develops the extrasolar fiction SWIMMING THE RINGS OF A GAS HYPERGIANT through a wide range of mediums - moving images, experiments, performances and immersive environments. The diffusion of this project is metamorphic and multiversal, taking multiple forms on the way. The production of a film is forecasted for 2017. Ludwig works on a art and space transdisciplinary PhD thesis entitled EXTRASOLAR NEBULIZATION - Abyss heterotopology and artistic exploration of hyperspace. Follow on: www.ludwigspace.net twitter: @dark_foam #extrasolarnebulization Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be...

SWIMMING THE RINGS OF A GAS HYPERGIANT by Ludwig Ludwig develops the extrasolar fiction SWIMMING THE RINGS OF A GAS HYPERGIANT through a wide range of mediums - moving images, experiments, performances and immersive environments. The diffusion of this project is metamorphic and multiversal, taking multiple forms on the way. The production of a film is forecasted for 2017: www.ludwigspace.net #extrasolarnebulization Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.