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Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs

Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs
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There’s something about sipping coffee or tea from a quality mug that makes the ritual even more enjoyable. Coffeify makes these beautiful ceramic mugs with intriguing designs inspired by nature. Each has a wooden handle for a cool grip, a matching lid, and an insert for straining loose tea. They also make a glass version.

Akinak Titanium Pen

Akinak Titanium Pen
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This substantial handmade pen comes from Belgorod, Russia’s WarmKnives. It’s been machined entirely from titanium and has a bold, linear texture along its entire length providing grip and style. It takes a Parker refill and its threaded cap can be stored on its rear for safekeeping. Find more unique pens in their Etsy shop.

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Steampunk Gear Phone Case

Steampunk Gear Phone Case

An unnamed artist from China shows off a unique handmade phone case that’s so steampunk that its gears actually turn. It might not be the most practical design, but it sure looks awesome. We found a similar case you can actually purchase over on Etsy, or you could just glue some gears on your own and call it a day.

Memento Vivere Skull Stein

Memento Vivere Skull Stein
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Remember to live every time you take a sip from this ceramic stein in the shape of a human skull sitting on a tree stump. Each mug is hand-sculpted by Trevor Foster Studio and glazed with shades of brown to bring out its rich details. It holds up to 16 oz and is heat and dishwasher safe with the artist’s mark embossed on the bottom.

Making a Giant 6-Sided Die

Making a Giant 6-Sided Die

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?

Topo Trail Maps

Topo Trail Maps
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Commemorate your adventures and travels with these outstanding wood artworks from Topo Trail Maps. Each one is custom-made by artist Trevor Crosta based on a trail you specify. They feature deep, 3-dimensional carvings of the terrain, and come in two National Parks designs, as well as a rectangular floating frame.

Romp Ready Skis

Romp Ready Skis
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Known for handcrafted custom skis, Romp Skis has expanded its line of off-the-rack designs. The backcountry Leif and the freeride Oso join the level 3 Mason, all-terrain Shepherd, and Romp’s original Zorro all-mountain skis. Each features cool graphics and colors to let you stylishly hit the slopes in all snow conditions.

Bamboo Weave Pen

Bamboo Weave Pen

From TA+d’s limited-edition Artist Collection comes a genuinely unique and elegant writing instrument. Its aluminum body is wrapped in handwoven strands of bamboo for a distinctive, patterned look. It comes in brown, green, or black finishes with either a fountain pen or rollerball cartridge.

UNI-G Motorcycle Decanter

UNI-G Motorcycle Decanter
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This unique motorcycle-shaped decanter is handmade in Hungary by blowing and bending borosilicate Pyrex glass, using similar techniques to laboratory glassware. It measures 14″ long and holds 500 ml of spirits. We also dig UNI-G’s construction excavator decanter. Sale price available through 1.17.22 on Touch of Modern.

DOOM Eternal Crucible Guitar IRL

DOOM Eternal Crucible Guitar IRL

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.

Making Spiked Leather Work Boots from Scratch

Making Spiked Leather Work Boots from Scratch

Based in Spokane, Washington, Nick’s Handmade Boots has been crafting custom leather boots since 1964. Watch as their highly-skilled shoemakers create each boot, painstakingly cutting, forming, and stitching leather. These Woodsman boots offer the ultimate in traction thanks to spikes made from tool steel.

Carved Leather Maps

Carved Leather Maps
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Select any map you want, and Foster Leathercraft will make you a custom work of wall art by carving and embossing real leather. Each map is mounted to a sturdy fiberboard backing, and can be framed for just a few dollars more. They offer small, medium, and large sizes.

Wooden Camera Replicas

Wooden Camera Replicas

Vietnam-based artists The Wooden Model Design build incredibly detailed laser-cut wood models, including replicas of professional camera equipment. Among their creations are a Sony Alpha 1, a Hasselblad 500CM, and a RED Komodo 6K, and a Mamiya RZ67.

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Record Cutting Boards

Record Cutting Boards
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These round cutting boards make a great gift for home chefs who enjoy music while cooking. Cutting Boredom’s walnut wood “vinyl” boards feature punny artwork like “Vanilla Slice”, “Feastie Boys Grill Communication”, and “N.W.A. Straight Outta Chompton.” They come in 10″ or 14″ sizes and can be custom engraved too.

BoltEDC Titanium Pry Bar Multitool

BoltEDC Titanium Pry Bar Multitool
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This pocket tool is CNC machined and hand-assembled by BoltEDC. It has a sturdy pry tip storage for three 1/8″ screwdriver bits, and a magnetic bit holder. The pocket clip is integrated into the titanium body for durability, and it comes decorated with either brass or copper covers. There’s also a special Mandalorian version.

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Over on Etsy, you can find a variety of bottle openers that have a Plinko-style drop mechanism. But Thompson Woodworks built the best version we’ve seen, combining the bottle opener with a Skittles dispenser that triggers only if you land your bottle cap in the proper tray at the bottom.

Aluminum Cubits

Aluminum Cubits
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Chicago-based EVE Company makes these metal curiosities inspired by classic machinist’s tests like the Swiss cube and Turner’s cube. The Cubit collection includes three variants: the Ripple Cubit, Matrix Cubit, Infinity Cubit. Each one is CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, and measures appx. 2″ x 2″ x 2″.

State Bottle Openers

State Bottle Openers
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Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf synthesizer, Edward Black Rose built his own from scrap wood. Its wooden keys make strings vibrate between a laser and a photocell, then send that signal to a software synthesizer. It’s not ideal for creating polyphonic sounds, but it’s a clever design nonetheless.

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

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.

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Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Toronto Blue Jays player turned artist Blake McFarland of BM Sculptures shows how he made an awesome sculpture of a bear by assembling various hardwood sticks and coated them clear epoxy resin. He used a chainsaw to cut the rough shapes and then smoothed out the design using a variety of handheld grinders and sanding tools.

Concrete Portal Table Lamp

Concrete Portal Table Lamp
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MMEP Studio’s unique accent light brings a modern look into any space. Each handmade lamp is constructed from cast concrete and features a stepped and angled interior that makes it appear its LED light source is at the end of a corridor. It measures 9″H x 3″W x 3″D and is powered by a USB cable.

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher
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Hailing from Vladivostok, Russia, Art Brothers Glass makes some incredible stained glass pieces. One of their more modest works is this colorful suncatcher of the moon with a trio of astronauts (or cosmonauts) and a satellite dangling below. Each 8.9″ x 7″ piece is handmade, so expect subtle differences.

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are usually made from plastic or fabric, but carpenter John Heisz has an affinity for wood, so he made his own from scratch, using of ash wood he cut down to 3/8″ thick strips. He then built an exposed mechanism for opening and closing the blinds, giving them a more artful look than the ’90s decorating staple.

Handmaking Cement Tiles

Handmaking Cement Tiles

The art of making tiles from cement dates back to the 19th century. Unlike other tiles, they require no firing, but they are quite labor-intensive to make. Business Insider visited Egyptian tile artist Saied Hussain to see how he crafts each of his colorful cement tiles by hand.

Honeycomb Laptop Lap Desk

Honeycomb Laptop Lap Desk
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Keep your laptop stable and cool with this unique lap desk from Bond Art Studio. The beechwood surface has been cut with an abstract honeycomb pattern for cooling. It’s got enough room for a mouse, a slot for your phone, and its bottom-left corner can be personalized. It comes in 15″ and 17″ laptop sizes.

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