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What She Did With A Single Picture And A Block Of Wood Totally Blew Me Away

If you’re looking for a fresh way to display any image, there’s a simple trick you should know. YouTube user Crystal Hethcote put together a video showing you how to do a photo transfer onto wood. The result is a vintage-looking image “printed” right onto a piece of wood. It looks really professional, but you can easily do it at home. All you need is a regular inkjet printer, a…


Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood

Within the vast arena of Japanese sculpture there’s a small niche category known as jizai okimono. The craft involves carving realistic animals whose bodies and limbs are all animated through joints just like the real living thing. Some common subjects are birds, fishes, snakes and insects. It’s a craft that originated in the late-Edo period (late 1700s) when metalsmiths and armor makers, faced with a decline in demand for armor,…


Simple Wood Pallets Can Be Used For 14 Things You Probably Didn’t Think Of

Repurposing and recycling are big parts of the do-it-yourself lifestyle. Doing things on your own usually means doing the best with what you have, whether it’s your budget, or the materials at your disposal. One of the most popular, and cheapest materials to use to create a multitude of DIY projects is the wooden pallet. Usually confined to its original purpose of storage and shipping, the wooden pallet has become very popular…


Impossible nail-through-wood trick

Although many children take woodworking (or “shop”) classes in high school, few continue to hone that skill once they’ve graduated. Knowing how to hammer in a nail is handy, but it’s not something most adults do on a day-to-day basis. That’s why it might be surprising for people when they realize what insanely cool stuff can be done with wood, like this. (Mind=blown.) Share this!


The biggest wood vase you’ve ever seen

After many years of refining curves, shapes and forms of the artists interpretation of a classic vase, the largest vase capable of being turned on the Stubby 750 Lathe was produced with the aid of custom made auxilliary bed extentions, Steady rests, boring bars up to 2″ diameter, calipers for measuring wall thickness, a drying kiln, and a torque arrester for holding the boring bars steady as they reached 24″…


How To Fix Dents in Wooden Floors & Furniture

Many years ago a teacher told me that you could steam out a dent in a piece of wood (one where the wood fibers had been compressed, not a where they had been removed) using a wet rag and an iron. This technique was meant for unfinished wood, but unfortunately, most of the wood we deal with in our homes has some sort of finish on it. With some research…


Wooden Illusions: Incredibly Lifelike Objects Carved from Wood by Tom Eckert

It’s hard to believe, but all of the sculptures you see below are made entirely of wood and then painted. The person responsible is artist and educator Tom Eckert, who uses traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint his pieces. Tom says his preferred woods are basswood, linden and limewood because they carve and paint well and are stable. His background is in painting and drawing, where his focus…

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