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Art & Design

Wikkelhouse

Wikkelhouse
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Fiction Factory’s Wikkelhouse is a modular prefabricated house that uses cardboard and plywood as its main structural elements. Instead of rooms, the house comes in crosswise segments. Customers usually pick 4 or more segments for their house.

Bending Wood with a Laser

Bending Wood with a Laser

By laser-cutting repeating patterns into a sheet of plywood, it can be made pliable enough to bend around a corner like a sort of hinge. Laser Artisan shows off a number of hinge patterns and tests them to see which ones are most flexible. Skip to 1:37 for the bendy bits.

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Sculpting Geoffrey the Giraffe

Sculpting Geoffrey the Giraffe

Sculpture_Geek made a heartfelt tribute to Toys R’ Us by sculpting and coloring a bust of the company’s mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe. He also made an equally detailed base for the sculpture. Fans of the store could be in for a pleasant surprise though!

Floating Wood Maps

Floating Wood Maps
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Meridian Maps started out making laser-cut wooden maps that come framed. Now they’re offering the maps as wall-mounted pieces that stick out 0.5″ from the wall. They are also working on a web-based program that will let you customize the map you want to order.

Making a Plywood Suitcase

Making a Plywood Suitcase

While the weight of a suitcase made from wood makes it a bit impractical, we still love the look of this beautiful piece of luggage that Ollari’s created from bent pieces of 8mm thick plywood. It always amazes us the kind of things you can do with just wood, glue, and some skill.

Tattoo Artists Make Mistakes

Tattoo Artists Make Mistakes

You’d like to think that the person who’s about to permanently ink your body would have double-checked their drawing, Inked’s interview reel with 14 tattooers talking about their worst mistakes is proof positive you should check the stencil 10 times before they start.

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

While Yoda may have passed away in Return of the Jedi, it is possible he could come back to life if there was a zombie apocalypse on Dagobah. Sculptor LoreCraft shows us what that horror might look like if it ever came to pass.

Wooden Predator Bust

Wooden Predator Bust
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Creep out your friends and family with this amazing hand-carved wooden bust of the Predator. In addition to this foot-tall beast, Etsy shop Love My Custom Wood makes all kinds of nifty carved wood sculptures inspired by science fiction and pop culture.

Orbital 2 Creative Joystick

Orbital 2 Creative Joystick
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Brain Magic’s Orbital 2 is meant as a keyboard replacement for programs such as Photoshop, Lightroom and more. Its joystick is also a knob and a button. Along with the 8 buttons around the joystick, you can program up to 256 shortcuts per application.

Complete Learn to Design Bundle

Complete Learn to Design Bundle
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With this online training bundle, you’ll learn Adobe programs Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator as well as get an intro to web design with HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap. Before you know it, you’ll be able to create engaging digital content that lives both on and offline.

Smartphone Photography Guide

Smartphone Photography Guide
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While today’s smartphone cameras already take great photos, you could probably be getting even more out of yours. This bargain-priced online course covers tips and tricks to maximize your smartphone’s potential so you don’t ever have to splurge on a DSLR.

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

Forging Mokume Gane

Forging Mokume Gane

Translating to “wood-grained metal,” Mokume Gane is an 17th century Japanese metalsmithing technique that fuses layers of nickel silver, copper (and sometimes brass) to create damascus-like patterns. Alec Steele shows off one of the ways to achieve the slick effect.

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Drawing Smaug in 3D

Drawing Smaug in 3D

Artist 3D Sanago likes to sculpt iconic characters using a 3D extrusion pen. Watch in awe as he turns a stick of PLA filament into the deadly dragon from The Hobbit. And then there’s Rainbow Poop Cat.

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

DIY Plywood Stack Coffee Table

On first glance, this table just looks like a stack of plywood sitting on some cubbies. But Chris Salomone’s clever build conceals a big secret – it’s hollow and has lots of storage space inside. It was built using just two sheets of ply.

Zenlight Lamp

Zenlight Lamp
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The Zenlight Lamp is a minimalist and versatile LED lamp. It has a wooden case with a touch-sensitive button for power and brightness. You can attach it to its stand and use it as a desk lamp, or use its adhesive and stick it to walls and other surfaces.

Ocho the Octopus

Ocho the Octopus

Puppeteer and performance artist Tim Davies shows off his latest creation – a gigantic inflatable octopus puppet with articulated tentacles. It measures more than 13 feet high and 22 feet wide, yet has soft and smooth movements despite its size. More here.

Future Thoughts

Future Thoughts

From living rooms on wheels, to 3D printed humans, to transporter beams, to robotic construction workers, Animator Loek Vugs’ short film muses on some of the likely and unlikely technologies which might be in the future of humanity.

Could There Be Other Explanations?

Could There Be Other Explanations?

Motion graphic artist and math lover Julius Horsthuis presents yet another unique fractal-generated environment for our eyes to drink in. This time out, we take a trip to a colorful temple on a strange alien planet that looks like it could be a level from a Halo game.

Perfect Cut Utility Knife

Perfect Cut Utility Knife
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The Perfect Cut is a utility knife that comes with four minutely adjustable modules that let you cut sheet materials precisely and easily. There’s a 45º module, a 90º module, a variable angle module and a compass module for cutting circles.

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TARDIS Optical Illusion

TARDIS Optical Illusion

Maladroit Modeller made a “dimensionally transcendental” diorama of the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS. The phone booth opens and you can see a model of the laboratory inside. The lab, which was made from scratch, is actually hiding in a space behind the phone booth.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

Rock and Roll Knit Sweaters

Rock and Roll Knit Sweaters

Tokyo artist Amimono Horinouchi knits amazing handmade wool sweaters featuring images of rock and roll, funk, punk, rap, and new wave icons. He also makes bags with similarly awesome imagery. Keep an eye on his Etsy shop for new designs.

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

Peugeot e-Legend Concept

French automaker Peugeot dusts off the styling of their iconic 504 coupe and updates it with this pure electric concept car. The e-Legend has a 100kWh battery and dual motors to make more than 450 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and is packed with tech like full autonomy.

The Complete Filmmaker Guide

The Complete Filmmaker Guide
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Led by a professional commercial director, this series of online courses will give you the skills to plan, shoot, and edit videos of all sizes. Before you know it, you’ll know be ready to go out and start creating on your own. Get started today in The Awesomer Shop.

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Audio-visual artist Conner Griffith presents a triptastic experimental short film which bends time and space much in the way that a Christopher Nolan film might. We kept expecting the little twins from The Shining to turn up in that long hallway.

How to Make Wooden Threads

How to Make Wooden Threads

Wooden threaded rods are typically used for things like broom handles or decorative items. Toolify shows us how to make a neat variant of a pantograph machine which can be used for routing threaded wood rods at different thread densities. If you need a nut to go with

HappyThemes WordPress Themes

HappyThemes WordPress Themes
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These premium WordPress themes are designed to be easily navigable and to improve user engagement. With this deal, you’ll get lifetime access to 23 themes immediately, plus 10 to 12 new themes each year. Save 69% in The Awesomer Shop.

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

DIY Wooden LEGO Bricks

Pask Makes likes to build objects out of scrap wood. He recently attempted to make his own LEGO-style building blocks, and came to find it’s much more difficult than you might think due to the precision required to make them stack. Watch his earlier attempt here.

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

An Unnecessarily Complicated Pencil

In its most basic form, a pencil requires nothing more than graphite to function. But maker Uri Tuchman decided to go to the opposite extreme, and created an overly complex version of the writing instrument, complete with hand-cut gears and intricately engraved details.

Volvo Vera Autonomous Truck

Volvo Vera Autonomous Truck

Volvo is working on Vera, a system of autonomous trucks for short-range jobs, such as those needed in ports or logistics facilities. At the heart of the system is an autonomous vehicle that communicates with other units for safety and efficiency.

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