Crown of Thorns (woodworking)

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The Crown of Thorns (puzzle work) is a woodworking technique of tramp art[1] using interlocking wooden pieces that are notched to intersect at right angles forming joints and self-supporting objects, objects that have a "prickly"[2] and transparent quality. Common examples include wreath- shaped picture frames that look similar to Jesus' "crown of thorns".

Larger-scale crowns may use the principles of tensegrity structures, where the wooden sticks provide rigidity and separate cables in tension carry the forces that hold them together.

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  1. ^ Harding, Deborah, and Laura Fisher. Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art. New York: Rizzoli, 2001. Print.
  2. ^ Toni Mortimer Gilroy, "Cigar boxes recycled into tramp art" 1/11/2008 accessed 4/16/2014

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