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Craft

Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

Making Carl Fredrickson

Making Carl Fredrickson

SugarCharm Shop creates intricate figurines from polymer clay. In this time-lapse clip, she shows off her picture perfect sculpt of the curmudgeonly Mr. Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s classic Up. Every detail is there, down to his tufty eyebrows and tennis balls on his walker.

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Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

Making a Giant Pencil from Pencils

For no reason other than to see if he could do it, artist Nick Zammeti made a gigantic coloring pencil out of thousands of individual coloring pencils. He adhered the pencils together with resin, turned them on a lathe, then carved it into shape. Its giant lead means it can actually draw.

Game of Thrones Chess Set

Game of Thrones Chess Set
$192  Buy Comment

When you play the game of chess, you win… or you die. At least that’s what happens if you play with this intricate set of hand-carved wood chess pieces Ukraine’s Chesslania, inspired by Game of Thrones. It’s cool, but we don’t think that Tyrion should be relegated to pawn.

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

The Art of Making a Nixie Tube

Before LEDs and LCDs, the best way to display digits or text was using vacuum tubes that contain layers of bent filament, each of which can display shapes when current is applied. After Nixies went out of production, glass artist Dalibor Farný started making his own.

Making a Guitar from Scratch

Making a Guitar from Scratch

An immensely satisfying time-lapse video of luthier (string instrument maker) and plectrier (pick maker) Patrick Hufschmid as he creates one of his gorgeous hand-built electric guitars. The sped-up carpentry sounds are just as awesome as the imagery.

Forging a Seax Bowie

Forging a Seax Bowie

Metalsmith Freerk Wieringa walks us through the lengthy process of transforming a steel blank into an incredible weapon – an oversized bowie knife that would make Crocodile Dundee proud. The grinding and sanding sequences are especially satisfying.

License Plate Signs

License Plate Signs
$28+  Buy Comment

Finally get that vanity plate the state won’t make. JustPlateCrazy takes old U.S. license plates and slices them up to make custom signage. The ransom note style signs come mounted to a plank of cedar for easy hanging, and can be made with 3 to 18 letters.

Wooden Animal Mask Trophies

Wooden Animal Mask Trophies
$204+  Buy Comment

Celebrate your love for animals by NOT cutting their heads off, and instead covering your walls with these lighthearted wooden art pieces by artist Tzachi Nevo of Urbanmasquerade. Each animal mask is made from layers of premium woods and is ready to hang.

Making a Curved Wooden Chair

Making a Curved Wooden Chair

YouTuber Lignum walks us through the steps it took to build this impressive bent wood lounge chair that looks like it came straight out of an expensive designer furniture collection. Despite its delicate looks, it has no problem holding the weight of a 220 lb adult.

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Artist Lucy Sparrow specializes in crafting felt sculptures. Her largest installation is Sparrow Mart, a “supermarket” in The Standard, Los Angeles that features 31,000 hand-sewn and hand-painted felt replicas of grocery items. It took her and her team a year to make.

Crocheted Infinity Gauntlet

Crocheted Infinity Gauntlet
$5 to $90  Buy Comment

Wield the power to control the universe – assuming you’re good with yarn, crochet, and cross-stitching. Liz Ward of Amigurumi Barmy offers up a pattern or a kit for crafty types, or can custom make you one if you’ve got the cash and a little time to wait.

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Rainbow Metal Dice Set
$27/set  Buy Comment

Upgrade your D&D game with Rainbow Shop CN’s beautiful shimmery electroplated metal dice. Made from zinc alloy, they have a nice heft to them, and you’ll get a full set including D20, D12, D10, D10(percentile), D8, D6, and D4 for all your gaming needs.

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Ceramic Chess Set

Ceramic Chess Set
$250  Buy Comment

We love the minimalist look of the pieces in this chess set from Ceramic Sense. Each pawn, rook, bishop, knight, king and queen is made by hand, and the oak chess board features a cool tribal texture on the black squares. Pieces available without the board for $150.

Engraving a Rolex

Engraving a Rolex

Master engraver Bram Ramon shared this video of his incredible craftsmanship, as he carves an intricate design into the band of a Rolex Submariner divers watch, taking an already elegant timepiece, and turning it into a wearable work of art.

Carved Wood Millennium Falcons

Carved Wood Millennium Falcons
$325+  Buy Comment

Love My Custom Wood handcarves these impressively intricate models of Han and Chewie’s iconic ride using a big hunk of white cedar wood. The large version measures 32.5″ x 21.5″, but there’s a smaller version if you don’t have the space or galactic credits to spare.

Modded CRKT Woods Tomahawks

Modded CRKT Woods Tomahawks
$150  Buy Comment

Tennessee Forged starts out with CRKT Woods tomahawks, then dresses them up with a new handle treatment, copper rivets, a leather neck guard, custom filework on the head, and a rust preventive oxide coating. Choose from axe/spike, axe/hammer, or axe only variants.

Carving a Wood Mug Sculpture

Carving a Wood Mug Sculpture

Artist and goofball Bobby Duke laminates together a few hunk of bass wood and carves them into the shape of a mug. But his craft project doesn’t end there, as he eventually transforms his creation into an awesome sculpture with the help of some colored pencils.

Making a Woodturned Eyeball

Making a Woodturned Eyeball

Woodworker Frank Howarth shows off a truly amazing build – a giant version of a human eyeball, meticulously handcrafted by layering and turning rings of cherry, birch, walnut, and ebony wood. We love the way it shines in the light under all that lacquer and wax.

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles
$15-$225  Buy Comment

Coin Cut Art makes these amazing and intricate jigsaw puzzles by painstakingly hand-sawing currency into dozens of puzzle pieces. The pieces are so tiny, you’ll need tweezers (and endless patience) to assemble them for sure.

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Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book

Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book
$13  Buy Comment

Most of us use our Swiss Army knives for emergencies and impromptu needs. But Chris Lubkemann’s book is packed with fun ways you can use your knife to start a new hobby – whittling wood. It’s packed with easy to make projects, from desktop sculptures to utensils.

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

Inside The Bentley Wood Shop

A look inside the factory where craftsmen painstakingly select, attach, laminate, sand, shape, glue, and finish each piece of wood that goes into Bentley Motors‘ extravagant vehicles. We appreciate the lack of music or voiceover so we can focus on the work at hand.

Making an Espresso Pot

Making an Espresso Pot

This Old Tony was in the mood for a cup of espresso, only he didn’t have an espresso maker around. So being a highly resourceful craftsman, he decided to grab a couple of hunks of aluminum, and set to lathing and milling his own from scratch.

Scravis Creepy Mugs

Scravis Creepy Mugs
$75-$125  Buy Comment

Ceramicist Jo Scravis creates amazing clay mugs featuring gross, disfigured, and downright disturbing characters from our world and beyond. Each one of a kind work of art is wheel-thrown, then hand-sculpted and painted with food-safe glazes.

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes
$35-$69  Buy Comment

Toronto outfit GlitchArtwork crafts each of these pieces of arcade and console game art by hand, painstakingly cutting and assembling their layers together into a 3-dimensional work of pixel art. Each framed work includes a glass cover not shown in the images.

Making a Wooden Torus

Making a Wooden Torus

Artist Kyle Toth demonstrates the painstaking process of transforming boards of bocote and ash wood into an intricate donut-shaped sculpture. The finished work contains 2,340 individual pieces of wood, and took Kyle about 90 hours to complete.

Taxidermy Upholstery

Taxidermy Upholstery
$800+  Buy Comment

Artist Kelly Rene Jelinek creates wall trophies and sculptures of animals by taking foam taxidermy forms and covering them with upholstery, adding glass eyes, resin claws and other bits. Some pieces use cut up pieces of fabric or yarn to simulate animal fur.

Making a 3D Illusion Cutting Board

Making a 3D Illusion Cutting Board

Artist Andrei Muntian handmakes amazing wooden cutting boards by layering together precisely cut pieces of contrasting woods. Watch as he creates one of his trippy 3D illusion cutting boards. More on Instructables, and buy his work at MTM Wood.

From Clay to Mosaics

From Clay to Mosaics

A look at the time-consuming process of hand-making ceramic tiles from raw clay, carefully chipping away and cutting them, then assembling them into intricate mosaics. The end result of the laborious process is stunning.

Plush Sliders

Plush Sliders
$20/ea.  Buy Comment

Get in me belly! That’s what you’ll be shouting when you get one look at these adorable, but inedible plush “un-grumble sliders” from Chicago artist SteffBomb. Buy ’em by the sack!

Skyrim Helmet Build

Skyrim Helmet Build

See this incredible metal Skyrim helmet? Watch and learn a thing or two about welding, grinding, cutting and modern-day blacksmithing in this build video by its creator, Shannon Clawson.

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