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The Tim Fielding Story


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      Tim is a master of hidden spaces in his figures.
      But the exploration of space also have a fine place in his heart.


The Story leading to Tim's 2000 figure's.

Thorleif;.
So, initially in February 2020, I asked Tim to write his story, with the intent that it should be accompagnying all his figure pages.
Tim quickly responded, But for me however, time went by - a long time. Due to many external things (mostly work related)
I had the intent, but never found the time to release the text.


Let me use Tim's figure T1818 The Super Infinity Pond as a proper image.


But now, at long last. Let's read the story, as Tim Fielding is telling it:

By Tim Fielding =/\= on 2022-02-26

A long time ago, I was introduced to SOMA, like many kids in the United States of America in the late 60s,
with the SOMA Cube from Parker Brothers. My brother James brought a blue plastic cube home,
and I asked what's that?, and He said its a SOMA.
I was enamored with it, and absorbed the booklet that came with it. But like most boys and toys,
they go their separate ways over the years. In 2005 I received a wooden SOMA from my friend Leonard,
and remembering the toy fondly, 'hello old friend' and became enamored again, but this SOMA didn't
come with instructions, the wood sure smelled nice though. I packed it away for moving and found it again
a couple years later (2007),

Now I wanted to know more about it, its history, books, articles, websites, the lot. Wikipedia had the best
info, and scrolling down to the 'external links'
I found Thorleif's SOMA page Thorleif's SOMA page, a treasure trove of information, newsletters, and figures.
I found that learning SOMA notation is absolutely a must thing to do, and that folks can submit figure
notations, so I did, and it got published in 2007, way kewl. About ten years pass, I get a new phone, and
it takes pictures, I join Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/tim_fielding_), and start submitting figures
to Thorleif and figure pics to Instagram almost at the same time.

On the journey to the first 200 figures, I asked Thorleif, if he could use my assistance making my figure
pages, to help speed things up on his end, I basically got a YES PLEASE, so I did, all the figure page
graphics from 0001 to 2000. And some pretty pictures too.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Making cubes for family and friends. BTW, if you're making your own cube on a budget, get a set of calipers
for measuring raw wood blocks. After sanding and gluing it up with Elmer's carpenter's wood glue,
use Easton glove oil for the finish, yeah I know it's meant for baseball gloves, but it's also
outstanding as a wood finish, an oil that dries clear and the best part, does not stink, but lets the
natural smell of the wood shine through.

Also if you want to add color to your pet SOMA, before gluing, believe it or not, get a set of BINGO
ink daubers, they have a vast set of striking colors to choose from, and they spread ink better than
anything and dry quickly, it is ink after all, not paint.
Test the ink first on some rejected blocks, then let them dry, just to see the colors you like best.
The results will be fabulous!
SOMA PLAYSTATION
I started and still play with them on a little metal TV tray, with a cloth placemat covering it to buffer
the noise of wood on metal, taking notes with a pad of paper and trusty mechanical pencil.
I nicknamed the setup, my SOMA PlayStation, lol.
      [LOL is a "Boomer" expresion of "Lauging Out Loud" - saying "This is really funny"]
The toy you don't need batteries for, just grey-cells and gravity, That's all you need really.
GROUPS
Later on I found the best way to find and construct new figures is with groups.
Reduce seven pieces down to three groups. Two groups of two pieces and one rogue group of three pieces
that can be modified at any time.

If you look, not that hard, a lot, maybe most of my figures are made in this fashion.
Tim.


Lets finalize with two of Tim's pretty figures:
    /SOMA-T003
    ;The weight of #7 keeps #5 & #6 in place.    
    /..7/.77/.6./661/.41/342
    /.../..7/..5/645/.41/332
    /.../.../.../.55/.../322

    




    /SOMA-T021
    /..7../..66./22211    
    /.776./.576./23441
    /..5../.55../33344

    





Written by Tim Fielding =/\= <macteabird@gmail.com>
Edited by Thorleif Bundgaard <thorleif@fam-bundgaard.dk>

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