aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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4 of 52: Jolly Roger
Posted by dav at 2007 October 21 06:12 PM
File under: Art

Since it's almost Halloween, and pirates are always in style, here's a Jolly Roger laser cut-out as my 4th of 52 things.

This one was a bit more technical than the last laser cut piece. I actually figured out how to work Illustrator well enough to do it as vector work, and I had to do some precise measurements to ensure that the pieces would fit together, but it was actually fairly easy. I decided to hand draw the skull and bones as I liked the look better than the one I did using symmetrical shapes. I was pleasantly surprised that I did that all right and didn't have to do any last minute adjustments at the cutter (other than setting the stroke width to hairline). I made a dozen or so of these out of 1/8" thick balsa wood. I'll give them out or just leave them around in public places.

Laser cut Jolly Roger

Comments:

Love love love it. And it's fun to have on my desk at work :)

Posted by: Mie on October 22, 2007 01:34 PM

Nice work. Are those burn marks from the laser cut, or did you add those after the fact? Either way, they add a nice effect.

Still trying to come up with a costume, getting a late start this year.

Posted by: Paul on October 22, 2007 01:47 PM

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