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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.

Driftwood Pinhole Cameras

Driftwood Pinhole Cameras
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Each of these unique cameras is carved from a piece of driftwood found on the Baltic sea coast in Russia. The cameras capture soft and artful images on 120 film, when exposed via the pinhole opening on front, and have a built-in standard tripod mount.

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Glowing City Coffee Tables

Glowing City Coffee Tables
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NEWwooDESIGN creates these unique tables by engraving detailed maps of cities into oak wood. Each table has three layers representing streets, buildings, and water, and is coated with a resin that glows in the dark. Choose from several European cities, as well as NYC.

Carved Wood Millennium Falcons

Carved Wood Millennium Falcons
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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
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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.

3D Illusion Animal Lamps

3D Illusion Animal Lamps
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Artist Cyril Bagnost presents a cool take on 3D acrylic illusion lamps, with whimsical low-poly designs cut precisely to the outline of the animal. The bulldog and panther are pretty sweet, but we also dig his Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog. Lamps are powered via USB.

MetalRelic Forever Roses

MetalRelic Forever Roses
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While roses are a great way to show you care this Valentine’s Day, they only last a few days, then wither and die. On the other hand, MetalRelic’s handcrafted steel roses will last a lifetime, and look badass doing it. Sold in singles, multiples, or dozens.

Forged Iron Bottle Opener

Forged Iron Bottle Opener
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Massachusetts blacksmith shop Hammer on Steel hand-forges each of these bottle openers from iron and steel. They make a perfect groomsmen’s gift, and can be custom monogrammed with the recipient’s initials at no extra cost.

Making a Goodall Guitar

Making a Goodall Guitar

A video chronicle of the extensive build process that goes into hand-making a custom Goodall Guitar. You’ll need to invest nearly 50 minutes of your time to watch the entire video, but for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, it’ll be worth the effort.

Making a Giant Segmented Bowl

Making a Giant Segmented Bowl

Woodworker Kyle Toth walks us through the process of crafting a massive 32″ diameter bowl by slicing, gluing, layering, and turning concentric rings of mahogany and curly maple wood. If you’ve got a cool $2100 to spend, you can buy the finished piece here.

BespOak Tree Bookshelves

BespOak Tree Bookshelves
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UK-based interior decor shop BespOak handmakes beautiful and unusual wall-mounted bookshelves designed to look like the branch structure of trees. Each one is inspired by the shape of a specific type of tree. Also available as standalone branches without trunks.

A Christmas Story Manly Lamp

A Christmas Story Manly Lamp

Jackman Works‘ manly new take on the iconic leg lamp from A Christmas Story. Gone is the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window, replaced by a masculine carved wood limb, its foot wrapped with a rugged Carolina Boot. Complete build log on Instructables.

Making a Curved Bench

Making a Curved Bench

Furniture maker Lignum walks us through the painstaking process of transforming dozens of straight slats of wood into a beautiful handbuilt bench with smoothly undulating curves. It amazes us that most of the work is done using only clamps, patience, and lots of glue.

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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.

Making a Worm Wood Bowl

Making a Worm Wood Bowl

Builder Peter Brown takes a hunk out of a log of worm-eaten walnut wood and gradually lathes and shapes it into a beautiful work of art. The defects in the wood make working with it much harder, but result in a stunning organic look to the finished piece. Needles to say, it won’t hold cereal milk.

Handmade Buckeye Candy

Handmade Buckeye Candy
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Looks like we won’t be leaving the house because it’s football season now, so it’s a good thing that the Sweet Brittle Baking Company can ship, among other delicious treats, these Buckeye candies. Perfect for celebrating when The Ohio State beats that team up north.

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Making a Fancy Wood Beer Koozie

Most beer koozies are made from foam or fabric. But Ollari’s shows us how to make a super slick koozie from carefully segmented blocks of walnut, maple, and padouk, glued together, then turned on a lathe. A layer of clear lacquer protects it from condensation.

Carbon & Wood Surfboard

Carbon & Wood Surfboard
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San Diego’s Upsidedownpyramid handmakes superb surfboards such as this beautiful model made with a durable, lightweight Marko foam eco core, wrapped in a carbon fiber skin with wood veneers, and sealed with a long-lasting, UV-resistant clear epoxy resin.

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set

Bourbon Barrel Chess Set
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From Hungarian Workshop, the guys behind the beautiful the beautiful whiskey barrel adirondack chairs comes a wonderful wooden chess set, handmade from a reclaimed bourbon barrel.

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Making a Dead Blow Mallet

Ollari’s walks us through the process of transforming rough reclaimed wood into a gorgeous hand tool we’d be thrilled to have on our workbench. There are few things more satisfying on Earth than turning things on a lathe. Full build details on Instructables.

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SculptureAcoustics Speakers

SculptureAcoustics Speakers
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These high-end speakers handcrafted in Spain are designed not only to look amazing, but for audiophile sound. We love the undulating, organic forms, and rich wood construction. The Chrysalis measure 38″ tall, while the Chrysalis Magna are 59″ tall, and rock a 15″ woofer.

KucoDesign Concrete Lamp

KucoDesign Concrete Lamp
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A unique table lamp constructed from cast concrete. It provides a warm source of ambient light while casting cool shadows on your table and wall thanks to its numerous perforations. Takes a standard 40-watt E27 bulb, and measures 8.25″ high by 4.3″ across.

Globe Chess Board

Globe Chess Board

Product design student Ben Meyers and his dad David teamed up to build this amazing wooden chess set which lets them play on a spherical board. Magnets under each space allow the board turned without the pieces falling off.

Working Wooden Rollercoaster Model

Working Wooden Rollercoaster Model

Model maker Adam Throgmorton shows off an incredible build – an intricate HO-scale replica of an old-school wooden rollercoaster that not only looks awesome, but is fully functional. Though the speed it zooms around at seems implausibly fast if it were to be scaled up.

Mini Concrete Homes

Mini Concrete Homes
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Mumbai-based MaterialImmaterial makes these awesome little cast concrete sculptures which resemble tiny, squared-off buildings. They’re available individually, or sold in a set of nine with a wooden display base.

Waxed Canvas Tool Apron

Waxed Canvas Tool Apron
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Keep your tools or art supplies organized and on hand with this sturdy shop apron from UnderNYSky. Each one is handmade from heavy duty 18oz. waxed canvas and leather, has plenty of pockets, and a no-tie waist strap that’s easy to open and close from the front.

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