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Fire Cave Coffee Table

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Woodworker Lignum has made some pretty cool furniture over the years, and this build is among his most intriguing. He created this table by laminating together blocks of wood then scorching it with a torch to give it the look that a fire burnt its insides out. We imagine it smells like a campfire too.

Guitar Cutting Boards

Guitar Cutting Boards

Artist Dave Stencil of CuttingBoredom makes these sweet wood inlaid cutting boards in the shape of of electric guitars. They can be made in cherry, mahogany, or walnut wood, along with contrasting details. Choose from Les Paul, Stratocaster, or acoustic designs.

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Carved Horse Stop Motion

Carved Horse Stop Motion

Carving figures from wood takes time, patience, and skill. But S-Carving went one better, turning a sculpture of a horse into a stop-motion animation, inspired by the work of Eadweard Muybridge. To pull off the simultaneous refinement of the carving and the horse’s gallop must have taken tons of work and planning.

At Home Photography Ideas

At Home Photography Ideas

Photographers, just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to practice your craft. COOPH presents an inspiring series of fun and creative techniques you can use to shoot everyday objects and make them far more visually interesting.

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth

This intricate wooden sculpture offers a wonderful way to pass the time, first by assembling its 180+ laser-cut pieces to form its structure, then by guiding a marble through its 3D maze. In all there are over 150 obstacles to navigate inside of its acrylic cube. Includes everything you need – no tools or glue required.

Into the Flame

Into the Flame

(PG-13) After a moth burrows into a businessman’s ear, he starts to have visions which take hold and set him off on a new course through life. Hue&Cry’s short film is a beautifully animated and expressive tale of self-discovery and transformation.

LEGO Camera Lens

LEGO Camera Lens

Photography expert Mathieu Stern loves to work with unusual camera lenses. After being stuck at home sickened by COVID-19, he decided to build a lens using stuff he had lying around the house. He enlisted the help of his wife to design this LEGO camera lens, while he focused on the optics. We love the brick-shaped bokeh.

Books & Sleeves

Books & Sleeves

Motion artist Henning M. Lederer is back with another cool animated clip. This time, he didn’t just use book covers, but he included some eye-catching designs from vintage record sleeves as well. The electronic music track by Tilman Grundig fits the structured, geometric imagery perfectly.

Tire Tread Animals

Tire Tread Animals

Artist Blake McFarland shows off a pair of sculptures he built for the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He created versions of Penn State’s Nittany Lion and the University of Memphis Tiger out of Goodyear tires, wrapped around a foam and fiberglass structure. The sculptures weigh about 200 lb each, and used pieces from 400 tires combined.

Casting a Hammer

Casting a Hammer

Fabricator Brian Oltrogge walks us thorough a truly modern process for casting a custom hammer. He used a 3D printer to generate patterns, hand-sanded and smoothed the parts, then used them to make sand molds for its aluminum handle and lead head.

Inner Art World Sneakers

Inner Art World Sneakers

Inner Art World sells shoes and accessories covered with vibrant and hypnotic patterns which really stand out from the crowd. Their sneaker collection offers a variety of bold designs, including mandalas, stained glass, paisleys, and our favorite, a steampunk pattern.

Social Distancing Park

Social Distancing Park

You’d think going to a park during the pandemic would be safe, but people don’t always obey social distancing rules. To solve this, Austrian design firm Studio Precht has created “Park de la Distance,” a concept urban park where each path allows just one person at a time, and hedges keep people over 6 feet apart.

EYESY Video Synthesizer

EYESY Video Synthesizer

Clearly inspired by the old Atari Video Music, Critter & Guitari’s EYESY creates abstract visuals to go with your sounds. Its dials and buttons let you tweak its images to your heart’s content. It accepts audio via a 1/2″ jack, and outputs its real-time art via HDMI or composite video for a retro look. It can also be controlled via MIDI.

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Making a Damascus Easter Egg

Making a Damascus Easter Egg

Easter eggs are usually made from, uh, eggs… or maybe chocolate. But metalsmith shurap likes his eggs really, really hard-boiled. So to celebrate Easter 2020, he made himself an egg out of steel cable. We love the intricate damascus patterns that emerged in the finished piece.

Grocery Trip

Grocery Trip

With people wearing all kinds of improvised protective gear these days, an outing to the grocery store can be a strange and surreal experience. But Pouff’s trippy grocery shopping video was created back in 2015, using neural network technology which attempted to identify animal faces in places where they didn’t actually exist.

Milling an Inlaid Cutting Board

Milling an Inlaid Cutting Board

Butcher block maker Brother in Wood shows off his computer controlled mill carving out an intricate pattern of famed Samurai Hattori Hanzō. He then used the machine to cut an inverse pattern in a contrasting wood, glued it in place, then milled off the top layer for an inlay effect. The finished cutting board is a work of art.

Wes After Animation

Wes After Animation

(PG-13) Wes Anderson has always had a very precise and fastidious aesthetic. But after making Fantastic Mr. Fox, his style changed in ways that made his subsequent movies even more magical. The Discarded Image and Beyond The Frame teamed up to explore how his stop-motion learnings affected even Anderson’s live-action films.

Making an LED Sphere

Making an LED Sphere

Last Christmas, maker Jiří Praus decided he wanted a unique ornament. So he set about building a light-up sphere that can display colorful patterns. He built the orb using meticulously-soldered brass wires, 194 individual RGB LEDs, and an ESP32 microcontroller. Check out the full build details on Instructables.

Cinemaps

Cinemaps

Artist Andrew DeGraff’s cinematic atlas is filled with intricate isometric maps which guide us through the locations in popular movies. The hardcover book features 11″ x 14″ reproductions of his hand-painted maps from 35 movies including King Kong, Fargo, The Princess Bride, The Shining, and many more.

Facelift

Facelift

While stuck home during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to try and vary your days and mix things. up. In Jan Riesenbeck and Dennis Stein-Schomburg’s strange short film, a man explores the importance of breaking out of routines, while his floating head transforms into some of the many thoughts he expresses.

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Synthesizer Pillows

Synthesizer Pillows

Artist Alona Dudich runs a shop called Crazy Pillows. There, she specializes in handmade pillows that look like classic electronic instruments like the Roland TR-808 and SH-101, along with some playful original designs. She also makes pillows that resemble Technics turntables. They’re great gifts for musicians and DJs.

Food Lookalike Cakes

Food Lookalike Cakes

Among other things, Sideserf Cake Studio is really good at baking cakes that look like other food items. Here’s a compilation of some of their favorites, including cakes that look like a lemon, an onion, a head of lettuce, and even a McDonald’s Filet O’ Fish sandwich. If you don’t believe these are real, check this out.

Forging Castlevania’s Morning Star

Forging Castlevania’s Morning Star

That Works take on a video game weapon that dates back all the way to 1986. But rather than the pixelated flail found in the 8-bit Castlevania, they built a replica of the one Trevor Belmont finds in the 21st century animated series. It’s a painstaking process to build such a complex weapon using blacksmithing techniques.

LEGO Paint Party Puzzle

LEGO Paint Party Puzzle

This jigsaw puzzle is the perfect time-killer for LEGO fans. The 1000-piece puzzle features a vibrant image of buckets filled with LEGO bricks, neatly separated by color. The color sections should mean it’s not too difficult, but the varying block shapes still provide a bit of a challenge.

Waterjet Stained Glass Window

Waterjet Stained Glass Window

Normally, when artists make stained glass windows, they use hand tools to painstakingly cut the glass pieces. But maker Jimmy Diresta shows us how he used his Wazer desktop waterjet cutter to cleanly slice through colored glass. He then caulked the pieces into an acrylic “leading” he made with a laser cutter.

Fjords 8K

Fjords 8K

Photographers Martin Heck and Morten Rustad captured this incredible ultra high-definition, time-lapse footage of the blue-green ice and water of Norway’s fjords. If you’re looking for something to transport your thoughts from home today, this is it. Best watched in full-screen.

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