Awesome Rocks

Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits

Artist Justin Bateman creates unique portraits using rocks he finds on the ground. By collecting different shapes and colors of pebbles, he creates the light and shadow to bring his images to life around his current home of Chiang Mai, Thailand. See more of Justin’s works on his website.

Can You Turn Ash into Rock?

Can You Turn Ash into Rock?

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.

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No-Hands Rock Climbing

No-Hands Rock Climbing

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.

Stone Sushi

Stone Sushi

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.

Delicious Stone

Delicious Stone

Stop-motion animator omozoc created this amusing short film, in which he bakes a delicious looking cake. But this pastry isn’t made from flour and sugar. Nope, this recipe consists almost entirely of rocks. It sure looks yummy, but you might chip a tooth eating a slice.

Extracting Copper from Stone

Extracting Copper from Stone

Andy of How to Make Everything has long had an interest in extracting metals from rocks. In his latest video, he dug up some copper ore from an abandoned mine, and attempted to pull out a usable amount of copper via a technique called electrowinning.

A Song at Ringing Rocks

A Song at Ringing Rocks

Pennsylvania’s Ringing Rocks Park is packed with boulders which create a unique sound when struck with a hammer. The percussionists of Square Peg Round Hole decided to use the park to record an original song using only rocks and hammers as their instruments.

Fitrocks

Fitrocks

Work out like a caveman with these prehistoric style dumbbells, kettlebells, ropebells, clubbells, and gripbells made from hunks of granite. Their handles are made from Finnish birch wood. (Thanks Kema!)

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