Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.
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Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.
Directors and writers seem to get most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking. But there are many other critical players required to create a quality movie, not the least of whom are film editors. Now You See It celebrates the work of Dede Allen and other influential women editors.
Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.
To celebrate Honda Australia’s sponsorship of LEGO Masters Australia, the car company commissioned artist Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught to build a detailed model of the famed Mount Panorama racing circuit. The 150,000 brick model took eight builders over 650 hours to construct, measures 11 ft by 6 ft, and has driveable R/C cars.
Jessica Ambats is passionate about both photography and aviation, and she’s quite the talent behind the lens. Her 160-page book features some of the spectacular images she’s captured over the past 15 years, with a unique focus on pilots who own and fly their own jets. Available as a digital download or hardcover.
Filmmaker Seán Doran poured through mountains of images and data captured by the HiRISE camera system on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this incredibly detailed black-and-white rendering of the planet’s surface, showing off details of Mars’ cratered and rocky surface like we’ve never seen it before.
Etsy store Candlelit Desserts makes candles and soaps that look like a variety of food. Its bestseller is this candle that not only looks but also smells like Froot Loops. The 12oz candle comes in a 6″ bowl and has a spoon embedded in it. Not part of a nutritious breakfast.
Like many inventions, pharmaceuticals are a double-edged sword. Some have saved and improved millions of lives, while others have caused terrible side-effects and dangerous, deadly addictions. Patrick Smith’s rapidfire short film offers a satirical commentary on our obsession with drugs without saying a word.
Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. From Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff for sale.
This animated short film plays out like a side-scroller action game, but the level design isn’t just some background scenery. Instead, the story of its protagonist’s tragic past relationship are recalled as she runs through the stages, fueled by a blast of caffeine. From director Hjalti Hjalmarsson and Blender Animation Studio.
We’ve seen some pretty sweet tiny houses over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen a tiny workshop. Artist Stephen Watson built himself a place to work on his projects that measures just 8′ x 6′ (48 square feet.) It’s a great demonstration of what can be done with a small space and a fastidious approach to organization.
NAVA Design’s playful, yet minimal analog wristwatch replaces the hour, minute, and second hands with a floating “H,” “M,” and “S” to indicate the current time, giving it a unique design, while still being legible. It features a stainless steel 39mm case, a mineral glass crystal, and a leather strap.
Inspired by the new Assassin’s Creed game Valhalla, the swordsmiths from That Works created a real-life replica of the badass Viking axe that’s front and center in Boss Logic’s game art. We love the detailing on the engraved logo and weathered finish that makes it look like it’s seen some serious battle action.
Sold back in 2014 for roughly $2.6 million, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is a highly-collectible wristwatch, with just seven of them ever made. This behind the scenes footage takes us inside their factory for a look at the craftsmanship that went into each of these rare and incredibly complicated timepieces.
Artist Daniel de Bruin is an expert at making metal tracks for marble machines. He’s taught us how to make our own, and even made a room-sized marble track. Now, he’s downsized his efforts, creating the tiniest marble course we’ve ever seen, using a custom drive mechanism, 0.6mm wire, and a 5mm wide ball bearing.
Ernest Desumbila’s and Sauvage.TV’s short film packs in a whole lot of style, fantastic cinematography, and a cryptic but intriguing series of vignettes about a future civilization where people meet their doom as they face the inevitable in their monstrous and chaotic world.
Over the years, The Hacksmith has made some pretty badass gadgets, often inspired by movie props and weapons. This time, they built themselves an awesome metal gauntlet that looks like Iron Man’s armor, then upgraded it with the ability to slice through metal with a plasma cutter. Every workshop needs one of these.
We’ve seen how pro luthiers make guitars from carbon fiber. Now, Burls Art shows that it’s possible to make one in your own workshop. He starts out by building a styrofoam form to create a mold, then lays in carbon fiber twill and resin form the guitar’s body. A vacuum pump is used to pull the fiber cleanly into the mold.
Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.
Between 1888 and 1913, Romeyn Beck Hough collected specimens of wood to create what would become the de facto standard for studying trees and wood. Taschen got their hands on a pristine copy of the 14 volume set, and photographed each sample for this 768 page book. A fantastic gift for any artist or woodworker.
Geo 101 Designs makes these great wall art pieces for chronicling your journeys. The self-healing nature of the 1/2″ thick cork makes it perfect for pinning locations, tacking up photos from your trips, or even poking in commemorative pins. Comes in 15″h x 23″w and 21″h x 34″w sizes, as well as a giant 8 foot-wide version.
After building himself a rustic keyboard from wood, builder of things The Q decided to make a matching mouse. He started out with a hunk of nice hardwood, copied the shape of a plastic mouse onto it, then got to work cutting it down, sculpting its form, then carving out its center to make room for its mechanism.
After decades of highly-limited fleshtones, Crayola has embraced global diversity with a box of crayons which let kids choose from 24 different skin colors, so they can draw the faces of themselves and all of their friends with greater accuracy than ever. The 32-color box includes colors for hair and eyes as well.
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