metis wrote:The frame and elevation method rocks.
With a title like "the wreckening", I thought there might've been more crunch issues.
So. Spoon. 1/8" veneer strips, sawn from a seasoned pine board, then slapped together with epoxy & Gorilla Glue over soft steel... isn't strong enough to withstand the awesome forces of the rope spring. You know what I'm thinking... it might be time to start playing with fiberglassing techniques.
Obviously impact force is significant, even with the really nice leather-and-foam pad on the top of the frame, otherwise I'd suggest carbon fiber immediately; as it is, fiberglass is strong & cheap, and MUCH easier to conform to tight curves and odd angles. Or,
if there's appropriate sheets to be found for not much ca$h, Kevlar.
(Maybe at that fabric outlet Michael mentioned. I want to check that place out anyway.)
I'm envisioning fiberglassing the Spoon a bit like higher-precision, higher-tech papier-mache. As far as the layering, it's likely we'd be able to alternate between spiral-wrapped strips and straight longitudinal strips on the handle. The bowl probably wouldn't need anything more exotic than widely-used boat-repair techniques, but with some good overlap from the handle strips for strength, at the tight bend.
Is Spoon v1.0 too damaged to be sanded & used as the base for 'glassing over? Can we progress to Spoon v1.1 or do we truly need to shelve the original & start work on Spoon v2.0?