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


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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