If the corner was solid.
Now this is a very crude sketch but hopefully it makes sense.
The left side represents a traditional joint. The right side shows three connecting points on a corner. At each connection there would be two fingers on one side and one on the other. between the connecting points would be open space.
It obviously wouldn’t be as strong as a traditional joint that uses the entire edge but for something like a pencil holder it should be strong enough.
It would definitely take more time to design than the 60 seconds I spent drawing this poor sample.
Something I would like to try when I hopefully get my GF in November or December.
Actually to make it flow better I would have the sides continue across the joint. Something like this:
Interesting. My concern would be that the joints wouldn’t hold strongly enough, and the whole thing might be a bit flexible for me. It would definitely be an interesting project to try though!
Perhaps keep the solid sides for strength, and use @lairdknox 's idea of continuing the branch shape, but with an engrave?
Oh, that sounds fun! I’m kind of curious about also letting the pattern go all the way to the top, as it won’t be a problem there.
It’s just a pencil holder. How big are your pencils?
Love it! I like the randomness and that each face is different. Good one!
Excellent use of a short break! Thank you.
To those who hoped that the regularity generated by the tabs could somehow be incorporated into the pattern and thus hidden, I tried it and it still is somewhat “regular” - a partial example is attached. One could, with a lot of patience, angles even the tabs, but would have to be careful to make one side the plug and the other the receptacle - i.e. have vertical sockets for the vertical tabs on the other side.
If you can draw it, it will cut it.
That bot site is so interesting. I got lost there for an hour playing with different key words. That site will come in so handy when I finally get my GF.