Artist Justin Bateman creates incredible images using rocks he finds on the ground. Collecting and arranging various shapes, sizes, and colors of pebbles, he creates the illusion of light and shadow in his portraits. You can view more of Justin’s works on his Instagram.
Modern rice cookers are made from metal and plastic, but traditional Korean rice cookers are made from stone. This fascinating video from Factory Monster takes us inside a company that creates the bowl-shaped cookers and their lids by cutting them from a 9-ton boulder. The English subtitles are quite entertaining.
We’ve heard of stoneware mugs, but those are actually a kind of ceramics. Ben from Natural Stones worked a solid piece of igneous rock into a vessel for sipping coffee. The process involved cutting the stone repeatedly to form a cylinder, drilling out its center, sanding, and polishing it. He also made the handle from stone.
What you’re looking at here might look like some delicious sushi, but you definitely don’t want to bite down on it unless you’re ready to chip a tooth. Japanese artist ha_ma_73 makes incredibly accurate sushi replicas by carving and polishing stones. What’s even more amazing is that those are natural stone colors, not paint.
No time to go to the beach? Creative coder Neal Agarwal’s online toy Rocks lets you enjoy a soothing oceanside pastime from the comfort of your computer screen. The browser-based rock simulator offers sounds of the surf and four virtual rocks for your balancing enjoyment.
A viewer wrote to the Hydraulic Press Channel with the hypothetical question of whether it would be possible to compress loose ash with enough force that it would turn into a rock. Naturally, they complied and dumped a bucket of moistened ash into a cylinder to see what would happen under the pressure of their 150-ton press.
Climbing rocks and boulders typically requires the use of all of your available limbs. But rock climber Johnny Dawes has such impeccable balance (and sticky shoes) that he can climb boulders and even a sheer rock face without using his hands at all. He looks quite dapper doing it in that tweed jacket.