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Author Topic: Beautiful Automobile made of Wood  (Read 4647 times)
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« on: October 27, 2012, 03:36:25 am »

Well, I hope this is steampunk enough for the Tactile forum.

A Vietnamese man has created a beautiful car (which he named Achilles) mostly from different types of hardwood, with elaborate carved panels. He has aspirations to make a fleet of them to cater to tourists.

Take a look at this, friends. It's really something else:

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/vietnamese-man-shows-off-car-made-almost-entirely-out-of-wood.html

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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012, 08:40:20 am »

Oh, I think it fits. It is a very nice vehicle. I would put it in the "Why be normal" category. I think, to be overly 'Steampunk' though, one should show more of the mechanology of the workings, or glue some gears on it.   Seriously, though, it shows the quality of the hand-built machines of the late 1800s and I would love to be seen in such a beauty
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012, 11:10:31 am »

Reminds me of the old joke about the man who builds a wooden car with wooden wheels and a wooden engine...and it wooden go.

There's no denying the skill thathas gone into the woodworking. The carving and base relief is very impressive but the overall shape is a bit clunky and ugly. Pity he couldn't have had a few nice curves or rounded edges in there.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 04:32:46 pm »

Beautiful car, but probably not very good in the rain.  You wooden want to get it wet.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 07:37:20 pm »

... but the overall shape is a bit clunky and ugly.

I think the word you are seeking is "modern"  Lips sealed

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2012, 08:59:07 am »

If the car was a bright red and yellow, one would expect to see "Noddy" driving around toyland in it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2012, 11:13:38 am »

It actually looks like a good match for the laminated wood Vespa I posted a couple years back.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2012, 01:29:55 pm »

Or...




The Hispano Suiza H6C Tulip Wood Torpedo

If you are looking for a wooden car...



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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012, 07:57:54 pm »

NIIIICE Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2012, 09:23:30 pm »

That Hispano-Suiza is rather lovely. I never knew about that one. When I think of wooden cars, I tend to think of the old wooden-sided station wagons, that became an icon of surf culture in the 1960's.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 12:49:50 am »

That Hispano-Suiza is rather lovely. I never knew about that one. When I think of wooden cars, I tend to think of the old wooden-sided station wagons, that became an icon of surf culture in the 1960's.


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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 03:07:38 am »

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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 03:27:26 am »

now this is a wood car.


it's called "the splinter" and it's a all wood muscle car. I mean really the body, frame, hubs, leaf spings and even some of engin is made of wood. in a lot of ways wood is on par with carbon fiber and a lot better on the environment then carbon fiber could ever hope tobe.


here's the site
http://www.joeharmondesign.com/
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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 09:00:09 am »

Or...

The Hispano Suiza H6C Tulip Wood Torpedo


Alright, that is a really gorgeous vehicle. Streamlined and stylish.

I suppose I'm just a bit biased with regard to my enthusiasm for the vehicle in the original post because of my ethnic heritage. I also am glad to see some manifestation of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in a country that is, by and large, still crushingly poor and run by a corrupt government. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2012, 07:26:05 pm »

The Vietnamese have some very fine craftsmen who work in wood, there is a fellow on another forum who is having a sailboat built over there it will probably cost half as much as it would elsewhere in the world, so far from the photo's all very well made with some nice carvings to boot.....
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2012, 08:18:33 pm »

Italian sculptor Livio De Marchi has made few cars from wood.

Ferrari F50 (Actually more like boat that actual car)
http://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/DeMf502.jpg
http://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/DeMf503.jpg
http://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/DeMVWint.jpg

Fiat Topolino
http://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/DeMfiat.jpg

Volkswagen Beetle (This is also a boat)
http://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/DeMvw.jpg
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2012, 11:31:00 am »

When I think of Wooden cars, I immediately think of the old Woodies.  Typically mid-30's style but I did find this one from 1897:



And this one was built in 1902:



Source: http://www.oldwoodies.com
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2012, 01:17:10 pm »

That Hispano-Suiza is rather lovely. I never knew about that one. When I think of wooden cars, I tend to think of the old wooden-sided station wagons, that became an icon of surf culture in the 1960's.


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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2012, 07:00:41 pm »

There are actually quite a lot of good reasons for having a wooden car. Getting it wet for instance, a wooden car with only a little bit of protection would last for 100's of years, whereas normal cars even with modern technology rust to buggery in 20 years, especially here in Blighty where they salt the roads.
Crash protection - I would be very interested to see the difference between a wooden car and a steel car in a crash test. Wood with all its absorbent cellulose against the inflexibility of steel/... ?
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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2012, 07:09:07 pm »

Wood with all its absorbent cellulose against the inflexibility of steel/... ?

yeah that won't fly. Absorbing, flexing qualities are great, but not for structural support. A proper wooden car would be somewha similar to a steel one: a stiff shell to offer protection, lus a more flexible crumple zone. The advances of the last few decades in automobile safety have been enormous. With a wooden vehicle, you'd be starting from scratch. Pit one against the other ,and I'd much rather be in the steel box..
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2012, 07:20:55 pm »

When I think of Wooden cars, I immediately think of the old Woodies.  Typically mid-30's style but I did find this one from 1897:





This photo is crying out for some animation & a sound track.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2012, 07:48:29 pm »


yeah that won't fly. Absorbing, flexing qualities are great, but not for structural support. A proper wooden car would be somewha similar to a steel one: a stiff shell to offer protection, lus a more flexible crumple zone. The advances of the last few decades in automobile safety have been enormous. With a wooden vehicle, you'd be starting from scratch. Pit one against the other ,and I'd much rather be in the steel box..

not really; a composite wood structures work just like fiberglass and carbon fiber  so you could use the same rules they use (woood being lighter and stronger then fiberglass and more crash resistant then carbon and far more ecofriendly then both. ). There has been a lot of work on composite frames in the last ten years as the major car companies work to replace steel to make lighter more fuel efficient cars so there's a large knowledge base to work from.
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2012, 06:58:11 am »

When I think of Wooden cars, I immediately think of the old Woodies.  Typically mid-30's style but I did find this one from 1897:





This photo is crying out for some animation & a sound track.  Grin


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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2012, 08:43:09 am »

the only thing about the wooden car I find lacking is the hubcaps. too plain looking. needs more contrasting wood like on the body. yin/yan would look good.


or just ship it to manila and paint it like a jeepney, 3 or 4 times. it would be the 1970's all over again. (that's a bad thing)

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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2012, 06:14:56 pm »

Those Phillipine Jeepney things are AWESOME though.
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