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Excalibur Sword Necklace

Excalibur Sword Necklace

Secil Eldek of Beaus Jewelry makes this wearable version of King Arthur’s legendary sword. The two-piece pendant lets you remove the tiny sword to admire its design, while a catch on its metal scabbard locks it firmly in place. Available in .925 sterling silver as well as silver/gold and silver/rose finishes.

Blade Runner Neon Signs

Blade Runner Neon Signs
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The neon glow of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles is one of the most iconic looks in all of science fiction. Yesteryear Prop Store sells real neon signs based on ones seen in the movie. Our favorite is the noodle bar dragon, but if you’ve got the bucks and the space, go for the giant TDK sign and reenact Roy Batty’s Tears in the Rain speech.

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Sculpting Loki

Sculpting Loki

Steven Richter continues to wow us with his sculptures of pop culture characters. In this video, he created a 1/2-size bust of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, sculpting the head in clay, making a silicone mold, then casting it in resin. After painting details and adding hair, he topped Marvel’s mischievous god with a 3D-printed crown.

Wood Spiral Clock

Wood Spiral Clock
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Budapest-based clock maker Ardeola created this clever wall clock that tells the time using a spiral. Each of its birch plywood sections covers a 210º arc with a red hour marker evenly spaced along the spiral. Check out the Ardeola Amazon store for more unique clock designs. Measures 11.5″ in diameter.

Bourbon Barrel Coasters

Bourbon Barrel Coasters
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If you’re going to sip whiskey at home, you should have coasters to keep your tabletops in tip-top shape. We can think of none more perfect than Urban Industrial’s coasters, made in Kentucky from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves. Also available in a dark, charred finish. Sold in sets of two or four.

Making a Luban Stool

Making a Luban Stool

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.

Triple Vinyl Record Tower

Triple Vinyl Record Tower
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Keep all your vinyl records organized and easily accessible with this hand-welded metal storage tower from Design Atelier Article. It comes in two variants – one that holds 240 LPs and one that holds 300 LPs. Both measure 45″ high, but vary in width from 15 3/4″ to 19 2/3″. They also make a squared-off storage unit with casters.

Resin and Wood Wrist Rests

Resin and Wood Wrist Rests
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Artist Jerry Lo of WosinCraft makes these uniquely beautiful keyboard wrist rests from resin, colorful pigments, and wood. Designs include soothing scenes of mountains, galaxies, ocean waves, and other dreamlike places. The transparent areas allow lighting to shine through from edge-lit keyboards for even more impact.

Origin 3D Wood Maps

Origin 3D Wood Maps
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Based in Tahoe Woods, California, Origin Artwork creates awesome laser-cut wall art with a tremendous amount of depth and dimension. Their designs feature topographic maps of real world locations, fictitious places, and the occasional video game screen.

Making a Bowl from Handkerchiefs

Making a Bowl from Handkerchiefs

Maker Nick Zammeti shows us how something as simple as a stack of handkerchiefs can become a work of art. Watch as he creates a small bowl from a stack of the cloths saturated with epoxy resin. As he works through the layers on a lathe, various colors and marbled patterns emerge from the pile.

Manual Transmission Pen

Manual Transmission Pen

Fans of manual transmission cars will love the way the mechanism works on this custom pen. W&M Levsha designed and fabricated this unique metal and wood writing instrument that deploys using a 6-speed gear shifter. It works similarly to bolt-action pens, though the amount that it retracts is determined by the gear it’s in.

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

LED Waveform Headphone Stand
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Give your over-the-ear headphones a proper place to rest when you’re not wearing them. This handmade stand from AmbiColoredLight features a head-shaped sandalwood-veneered base. At its center is a light-up acrylic porthole that displays a laser-etched waveform graphic that can change colors to suit your mood.

Wooden Dogo Mugs

Wooden Dogo Mugs
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These unique mugs are handmade from African Jacaranda wood. They’re happy to hold your coffee, tea, or even wine. They hold about 8 oz. and come in either light or dark burned finishes. Hand wash only and apply coconut or olive oil on occasion to protect their finish. Proceeds help support artists in developing countries.

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Laverna Leather EDC Organizers

Laverna Leather EDC Organizers
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These handmade organizers from Ukraine-based makers Laverna Leather are big enough to carry two to three pocket tools, a pen, and a Field Notes journal. They come in a number of colors and can be personalized with up to 10 letters. Check out their Etsy shop for other varieties.

Making a Star Wars Cutting Board

Making a Star Wars Cutting Board

We’ve watched Broinwood create some pretty amazing cutting boards before. This Star Wars-themed butcher block really brings out the geek in us. We love watching the ballet of man and machine as the scene comes together with X-wing fighters taking on the Death Star as Darth Vader looms large.

Building the Most Complicated TV Stand

Building the Most Complicated TV Stand

Chris Powell of Full Steam Designs pulled out all of the stops to build this one-of-a-kind TV stand. The design incorporates dozens of curved and layered pieces, kerf bending, and meticulously arranged patterned plywood. We suggest watching the whole video, but there’s a sped-up version on Reddit if you’re in a hurry.

Blowing Scientific Glass Barware

Blowing Scientific Glass Barware

Glassblower Tim Drier creates test tubes, flasks, beakers, and other scientific glassware as his day job. In this video from Wired, he shows us how he uses those specialized skills to make truly unique drinking glasses that incorporate the twists and turns he’s used to creating.

Concrete Hexagonal Coasters

Concrete Hexagonal Coasters
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Etsy shop Mind The Minimal sells a variety of handcrafted home accessories made from concrete. Among them are these cork-backed hexagonal coasters. They’re made using a special light-toned concrete which can be painted with a splash of color, then sealed for durability. Sold in sets of four.

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers
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Italy’s Enth Creations builds these unique handmade game controllers from Iroko wood, a dense African timber. They feature authentic Sanwa arcade joysticks and buttons set into custom-cut plexiglass and 3D-printed PLA bezels. They also make all-button hitboxes for fighting games.

Damascus Steel Dice

Damascus Steel Dice
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King Cobra Blades Art handmakes these unique damascus steel 6-sided dice. Each one features a distinctive pattern made by forging and folding layers of metal together numerous times. They come in 16mm, 20mm, and 1″ sizes. They also make some beautiful damascus knives and rings.

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Sack (Guime) Messenger Bag

Sack (Guime) Messenger Bag
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This unique laptop/messenger bag is handmade by Canadian woodworker Bom Design. It’s made from Mozambique wood veneer, which has been molded into a sleek and modern shape and attached to a sturdy leather carrying strap. Its removable felt interior pouch offers protection and holds up to a 15″ laptop.

Wooden Machine Gun

Wooden Machine Gun

Modern firearms are usually made from metal and maybe a little bit of plastic. While ND Woodworking Art’s handmade wooden machine gun can’t fire its wooden bullets, it’s still an impressive and detailed piece of art. Just don’t try looking through the scope.

Transforming Bar Table

Transforming Bar Table
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This unique piece of wood furniture from Solidhorse features a modular design that lets you adjust the heights and positions of its shelves using pegs. It comes with two serving/display shelves and two small bottle holders that are great for serving wine and other spirits. They also make a similar laptop desk and folding table.

Monster Trinket Box

Monster Trinket Box
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Sure, you could store your keepsakes in a regular old box, or they could be guarded by a ferocious monster. If given a choice, we’d go with the latter. Boxnmor’s playful handmade wood box has beady little eyes and pointy maple wood teeth to ward off would-be thieves.

Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Builder Hassan Abu-Izmero had a little time on his hands and decided to build himself a piece of furniture that celebrates his craft. He made the rustic wooden table from rough pieces of timber and steel, then used a Shaper Tools Origin handheld CNC to route out precise insets for five wrenches embedded in its tabletop.

Off Chutes EDC Pouches

Off Chutes EDC Pouches
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Ashland, Oregon’s Bamboo Chutes handmakes colorful bags, wallets, and other accessories using recycled parachute and paraglider fabric. Among their selection are various pouches for carrying tools, lighters, flashlights, credit cards, and other small items.

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