A disc of wooden cow


40 Responses to “A disc of wooden cow”

  1. Gilbert Wham says:

    The Horniman is a splendid place, i love it.

  2. it goes without saying that someone needs to replicate this in cheese

  3. Kenmrph says:

    Oh I get it… it’s a tauroid.

  4. fnc says:

    I guess this means you could buy toy cow by the radian?

    Which would make “cow pi” mean something different than what it sounds like.

  5. SamSam says:

    What’s pretty brilliant is that there is pretty much no way that you would get what this is without the piece cut out. You’d think it was some weird ring belonging to a piece of furniture, maybe to go on the end of a curtain rod or something.

    Might be an interesting way to hide secret messages in plain sight in some Victorian novel.

    • Kenmrph says:

      yes! I’m imagining a long, oddly gnarled piece of wood that reveals successive words in a message when cut at regular intervals.  Cory, for your next novel!

      • Daneel says:

        You know the only word you’ll find is Blackpool.

      • L_Mariachi says:

        I can’t find it now, but I’ve seen animation produced by rolling various colors of Play-Doh into a log such that each cross-section is a picture…  Ah, here it is.  Apparently the technique is called “strata-cut.” http://youtu.be/OBcEluA3Gig

    • noah django says:

      your post triggers a thought.  I read a book–long forgotten what it was, some kinda historical fiction but with a time-traveller–set during the time of the Spanish conquistadors.  the native people were using cords knotted in different configurations to send messages.  the Spaniards could not see them as anything other than decorative crafts.

      dunno if that was a real thing back then, but I always though it was neat.  as is this cow thing and your idea of coding messages this way.

      also, using a lathe is fun.  thanks Mr. Mills, my awesome 7th grade shop teacher!

    • DrDave says:

      Your proposal for secret messages reminded me of silhouette canes, where the turned knob on the top of the cane cast a shadow of the profile of someone currently in official disfavor, such as Louis XVI or Napoleon.


  6. Tristan b says:

    This automatized way of creating animals allowed to make big series of animals. I can remember huge Noah’s Arches made this way.  Here are three pictures taken from the excellent Brussels’ toy museum.  http://cl.ly/3B242g3I0u2o

  7. Robert Cruickshank says:

    These animals would make a great cover for an edition of Animal Farm, ’cause that’s a volume of revolution, too.  

  8. rachel ten bruggencate says:

    I had a farmset as a child in Germany that I am now 100% sure was made like this.

  9. Daneel says:

    My dad did something similar when turning a replacement knight for a chess set.

  10. dr says:

    This would be a nice aid for teaching the Theorem of Pappus.

  11. hipdadiddy says:

    “Does this manufacturing process make my butt look big?”

  12. Anthony I says:

    That would make an awesome cheese wheel…

  13. Preston Sturges says:

    How now, round cow?

  14. allium says:

    Now, now, we didn’t get to the spherical cow from first principles. There were many incrimental steps along the way.

  15. There is a video from a German Small Children TV Show about this profession called “Reifendreher”.

  16. Having neither horns nor udders, this looks much more like a sheep, than a cow. Still, pretty cool, and the video was fascinating, though dorky (and the woodworker wasn’t wearing safety glasses, shame on him).

  17. DFBM says:

    Oh it’s nice to see something from my home here in the ore mountains :)

  18. SedanChair says:

    1) Slice 13 degrees of cow toy from wheel.
    2) Provide cow toy to child.
    3) Direct child to engage in play and merriment with cow. Say “now is the time for play. Play with the cow! SCHNELL!”

  19. Preston Sturges says:

    Nice to a story that does not involve CNC routers or 3-D printers.

  20. The Horni-man museum? No wonder they’ve got wood. :oX

  21. A silicone baking form? You could serve cow cake to your guests. Or ice cream, or just about anything…

  22. smut clyde says:

    Now I want to do this with frozen steak.

  23. McGreens says:

    I love article titles like this, that make little to no sense until you see the picture. “Ah yeah, a disc of wooden cow, of course!”

  24. Michael Mann says:

    Hey, cool – it comes from the area where I live. Poor man lived in the mountain area and they traditionally make wooden toys. One time they invented that kind of “manufacturing technology”. Come here and visit the area – its worth. http://www.erzgebirge-tourismus.de/cgi-bin/click.system?navid=110&lang=en

  25. jb says:

    Still being made exactly the same way in Seiffen in Germany’s Erzgebirge

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