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Drawing Trees

Drawing Trees
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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.

Woodcut: Three Puzzles

Woodcut: Three Puzzles
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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.

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Super-Realistic Grass

Super-Realistic Grass

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.

Origami Christmas Tree

Origami Christmas Tree

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.

Twisted Christmas Tree

Twisted Christmas Tree

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.

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Backyard Racing takes us on a glorious Hot Wheels ride through the colorful fall foliage. The treetop track took a month to build and incorporates jumps, loops, tunnels, a motorized gondola, boosters, and a water feature complete with a car-eating shark.

Making Paper from Scratch

Making Paper from Scratch

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.

The Tree Tier List

The Tree Tier List

While TierZoo usually focuses their analysis on animals, this time they’ve turned their attention to something a little more green. As part of the #teamtrees fundraiser to get 20 million trees planted, they decided to see which trees have the best overall stats.

LEGO Ideas Treehouse

LEGO Ideas Treehouse

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.

How Tall Can a Tree Grow?

How Tall Can a Tree Grow?

Californian sequoia trees have been known to grow to heights over 400 feet. But that’s about where they top out. TED-Ed’s Valentin Hammoudi explores some of the biological and physical constraints which may mean that’s the tallest a tree ever could be.

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

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.

LEGO Treehouse

LEGO Treehouse

We like to imagine a family of Ewoks living in LEGO builder Kevin’s awesome treehouse. The model features over 2600 pieces, and took hundreds of hours to design. We’d love to see it turned into a kit we can all buy. If you do too, show your support on LEGO Ideas.

Tree-trimming Robot

Tree-trimming Robot

Hand Tool Rescue shared this chainsaw-wielding, wheeled machine that can be placed around the trunk of a tree, then climbs its way towards the top, trimming off branches as it goes. We’re not sure how knows when to come back down. Original footage via Bidone1967.

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Tree of 40 Fruit

Tree of 40 Fruit

To help preserve the diversity of stone fruit, artist Sam Van Aken has produced these very special trees capable of growing peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots and even almonds, by grafting numerous trees together. More here.

Booktree

Booktree
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Designer Kostas Syrtariotis’ wall-mounted bookshelf is a great way to show off your collection of nature books. Each one is crafted from solid ash, tineo or ebony wood, or white veneer. Measures 35.4″ W x 71.7″ H x 7.9″ D.

The Vertical Forest

The Vertical Forest

Many architects have proposed towering urban buildings rich with greenery, but this one is actually under construction, and will add 10,000 square meters of plants to Milan, Italy’s skyline.

Muay Thai Guy vs. Banana Tree

Muay Thai Guy vs. Banana Tree

It’s martial arts man vs. small fruit-bearing tree in an epic battle of wills, as Muay Thai guy kicks the crap out of this tree that clearly did nothing to deserve this. Treehuggers, shield your eyes.

Miniature Tree Carvings

Miniature Tree Carvings

Artist Kylie Stillman┬ábreathes new life into dead books by skillfully carving out silhouette-like tree designs. It’s all the more interesting when you remember where paper comes from.

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