Bonsai trees are typically living plants that require an immense amount of care and precision pruning. These talented artists show us how they make bonsais that require no watering – using thousands of strands of stiff metal wire to create their intricate designs. We wonder how long the process takes to do in real time.
Exploring Alternatives takes us on a tour of one of the coolest tiny houses we’ve ever seen. Created by Repère Boréal, the Uhu is a 200-sq.ft. steel home that floats 40 feet in the air. After ascending a spiral staircase, occupants cross a bridge in the trees to enter the 1-bedroom home. Inside, it has a kitchen, bathroom, and a desk.
Budding artists are often encouraged to draw trees for quick sketching success. Drawing Trees branches out from that lesson with 30 meditative guided drawings of trees, leaves, and other identifiers. Trace the images with a pen or pencil to grow your skills and knowledge of tree species from Black Walnut to White Ash.
This three-in-one puzzle box features detailed woodcut prints by artist Bryan Nash Gill. He created large-scale relief prints from cross-sections of trees by pressing the rings until they transferred from tree to paper. Each 300-piece puzzle has different colors on the bottom to simplify sorting.
Aussie developer Matt Newell is working on an interactive plaything called Lushfoil Photography Sim. Matt’s goal is to envelop players in the most realistic grass, trees, and other environmental elements across detailed landscapes. From the looks of this French Alps demo, we think he’s on the right track. There’s an 8K version here.
The American Museum of Natural History and OrigamiUSA celebrate the holidays with a truly unique Christmas tree. The 13-foot tree has been decorated with over 1,000 handcrafted origami models inspired by gems, minerals, sharks, whales, and dinosaurs on exhibit throughout the museum. Photos by D. Finnin / AMNH.
Looking for a unique idea for a Christmas tree? Woodworker TyeMadeIt shows off a tree he made by cutting 288 wooden stakes to different lengths then stacked them on a pole and twisted them. Since making the one shown in the video, he’s been commissioned to make custom ones for clients. Build video here.
The pulp that goes into making paper comes from trees. But there’s a big difference between the way a paper mill churns out bleached white sheets, and the steps required to make paper from scratch. How To Make Everything walks us through the process. It took about 28 hours of labor to produce their first crude sheet.
Based on Kevin Feeser’s awesome fan submission to LEGO Ideas, this 3,036 piece set (#21318) is truly epic. It features a 14″ tall treehouse setting with lots of great details in its three floating cabins. It comes with both spring and fall foliage elements, made from sustainable sugarcane-based plastics. Drops 8/1/19 for $200.
While we prefer the aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree, sometimes it’s nice to not have to deal with all of those needles on the floor. The Science Channel and Insider take us inside a factory that makes oversize fake Xmas trees to show us how they come together.