We’re always fascinated by sculpture videos because they show how simple materials can become beautiful works of art in the right hands. Vladimir of Old School Carving took a stack of oak wood, glued it into a rough shape, carved it with an angle grinder, then refined it into a majestic wooden lion with hand tools.
Reimagined Wood Shop has the perfect gift for the video game fan that has everything. This substantial 12″ x 5″ valet tray holds your coins, wallet, phone, keys, and more, all while looking like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Each one is CNC-carved from a block of solid lumber and comes in a variety of woods.
Patrick Adair makes some really beautiful jewelry, specializing in unique rings and pendants. In this video, he walks us through the process of creating a golden ring wrapped in TruStone malachite, a composite stone stabilized with a polymer resin with stunning green marbling.
Hold on to your camera with a secure and stylish strap made from strong and versatile 550 paracord. Zander Creatives handmakes these straps in a variety of colors to suit your individual style. They’re fitted with heavy duty rings and lobster clips, and come in 38″ and 47″ lengths.
Russian bladesmiths Vasver Blades shows off the process of making one of their impressive handcrafted knives. This particular specimen is an imposing 20″ long bowie knife, crafted from D2 steel, with a titanium and Karelian birch handle and a mammoth tooth inlay. You can find a selection of their knives for sale on Etsy.
MR Custom Crafts shows how they made a keychain-sized hand grenade pendant by spinning a piece of wood on a lathe made from a power drill and shaping it with an angle grinder and a file. To complete the design, they machined a cap from a threaded brass pipe fitting and a lever from some scrap metal.
You can buy oversize wooden dice on Amazon and Etsy, but none of them look nearly as rich or substantial as this handmade version by Gao Wood Lab. Watch as they transform a block of African blackwood and brass into a beautifully-inlayed jumbo die. Now, will you please make us a giant D20?
In the Fortress of Doom in DOOM Eternal, you’ll see a trio of bad-ass guitars, designed by artist Ethan Evans. Orbital Guitars looked at the one in the middle called the Crucible, and said “yeah, I can make that,” and got to building a real-world, 8-string version of the guitar. It’s made from wenge wood and epoxy resin.
ClayClaim is an expert at sculpting objects and scenes out of Fimo polymer clay. In this video, he shows us how he created an incredibly detailed miniature scene based on the Bomb-Omb Battlefield level of the Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. We love all the tiny enemies, especially King Bob-Omb and Chain Chomp.
Scott & Heather of Scavenging Metal create amazing art inspired by pop culture. One of our faves is this steel cassette tape that’s five times larger than the real thing. We love the details like the ball-bearing reels and tape made from chain. Oh, and next Halloween, we’re totally going with their propane tank jack-o’-lanterns.
Modern umbrellas are mass-produced from synthetic fabric and a metal frame. On the other hand, Wagasa umbrellas are painstakingly handmade from bamboo, string, tapioca glue, washi paper, and linseed oil. Business Insider visited artist Kotaro Nishibori to see how he carries this beautiful Japanese tradition.
Keep your pens, pencils, and other skinny pocket tools neat and organized with Ewittco’s nicely-structured full-grain leather cases. They come in a variety of colors, and can be personalized with an engraved name or logo graphic. Measures 7.7″ x 3.7″ closed, 7.7″ x 7.7″ open.
Woodworking Art continues to fill out their garage with awesome handmade wooden vehicles. Their latest build is a miniature version of the Ferrari SF90 Spider. It has lots of wonderful details, like a retractable hardtop roof and working suspension and steering. Its seats even slide back and forth, and we love the red brake calipers.
Most of the time when you see a leather bag, it’s stitched and maybe glued together. But builder Jimmy Diresta is used to working with more substantial hardware than that, so he set about handcrafting a rugged, squared-off bag using metal rivets to hold it together.
Got some scratched-up vinyl records you don’t care about anymore? Maker Nick Zammeti saturated a stack of old 45s in resin, then shaved them down on a lathe in an attempt to create a layered bowl. The project was not without its challenges, but Nick came up with a creative use for the bits he was able to salvage.
Athens, Greece artist Roman Parkhin of Banjo Show makes unique sculptures with a steampunk aesthetic. Watch as he turns an assortment of hardware, tubing, and vintage radio tubes into a funky accent light under a glass dome. At its center is a radiometer, a device which spins when exposed to the heat generated by a light.
Korean artist Lee Ji-hee created this incredibly intricate papercraft replica of the original Heidelberg Letterpress. She made the sculpture from paper and corrugated cardboard, to celebrate the history of the printing industry in Seoul, South Korea. Find more of the artist’s awesome work in her Behance portfolio.
Invented in China more than 2500 years ago, a Luban stool is a kind of folding stool crafted from a single piece of wood without nails, screws, or glue. In this video from Grandpa Amu, he shows the process of cutting, drilling, sanding, and carving that goes into making this brilliantly engineered piece of furniture.
Robinson Foundry shows how he took a digital 3D model of a human skull and used it to create a cast bronze sculpture. The Lost PLA method starts by making a 3D-print, coating it with a ceramic material, kiln-firing it to harden it and melt away the plastic, then filling it with molten metal and eventually chipping away the casting.
Taat Handycraft took a dirty cigarette lighter, cleaned it up, disassembled it, and transformed its translucent red shell into the body of a miniature Ford Mustang. We’re impressed with the creativity and the amount of cutting and shaping it took to create the model car. He’s also made a pickup truck and some Mini Coopers.
Artist Dennis Van Hoof shows off his violin-making process which combines modern tech with traditional woodworking. He uses a Shapeoko XXL CNC router to carve the instrument’s pieces from olive wood, replicating the shape of a Stradivarius violin. The finished piece incorporates epoxy resin to fill in the gaps in the wood.
Scrap Wood City shows us just how beautiful a hunk of wood can be, as he gradually whittles down a hunk of burled briar root. Working with a somewhat wonky lathe, he gradually turns the wood into a dramatic spherical sculpture that still lets some of its natural textures show through.
We’ve already seen what artist Brother in Wood can make using his creativity, woodworking skills, and high-tech CNC equipment. Watch him create his most impressive cutting board yet, an inlaid design based on an awe-inspiring engraved coin design by Alexey Saburov. Custom cutting boards can be ordered here.
Origami artist Juho Könkkölä created this incredibly detailed statuette of a samurai warrior from a single sheet of paper. He posted a video showing his process on an earlier samurai sculpture, which involves lots of folding, holding bits in place with binder clips, wetting and drying the paper to hold it in place.