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Video: An interesting look at a lumber shop

Vancouver Urban Timberworks works with lumber and makes furniture. That is, they take trees that were cut down or fallen in urban areas and turn them into one of a kind, usable pieces of art that will last lifetimes. Hypebeast took a closer look at the process of what they do and it’s pretty fascinating, even if just… » 6/26/15 12:39pm 6/26/15 12:39pm

Making a stone axe without any tools is really impressive

Get a giant stick. Shape a big stone. Put the stone in the stick and you have a celt stone axe made without any tools other than what nature gave you. Watch as Primitive Technology uses rocks to sharpen rocks and then fire to burn a hole into a large stick and then put it altogether so that it’s strong enough to chop… » 6/22/15 11:13pm 6/22/15 11:13pm

Video: Chopping down a giant tree in an urban area is like an opera 

This is basically watching a ballet of wood chopping. This video shows Seattle’s largest elm tree get carefully cut down piece by piece in an urban area with perfect placement of ropes and the expert use of a crane and the daring knowhow of climbers. There is so much to consider when taking down a giant and they… » 5/22/15 9:21am 5/22/15 9:21am

Video: Handmaking a wooden chair without music and commentary is calming

Can you watch an episode of television that just follows the multiple day process of making a chair from wood without any music? Without any commentary? As part of BBC Four Goes Slow series, we see just that. It’s beautiful, ASMR-tingling, and so soothing to see tree trunks get chopped, wood being sawed down, and the… » 5/19/15 8:20pm 5/19/15 8:20pm

Hand-Finished Wooden Toy Boats Too Beautiful To Ever Get Wet

Knowing that millions of copies of a plastic toy can be easily churned out of a giant machine makes wooden toys feel even more special, luxurious, and worth taking care of. Italian boatmaker Riva recently commissioned MadeInDreams to turn some of its more popular models into wooden toy boats, and the results are so… » 5/19/15 2:09pm 5/19/15 2:09pm

Video: Stunning art made from simply carving one stick of wood

I don’t even know what to call this. Is it wood carving? Wood shaving? Art? Manipulating nature like no human has ever done before? Whatever it is, it’s beautiful. By carefully shaving the stick down, he can turn the wood into something so incredibly elaborate. It’s almost unbelievable. I mean, seriously, who knew a… » 4/30/15 12:36pm 4/30/15 12:36pm

These Wood Grain Sunglasses Are Actually Made From Recycled Newspapers

Shwood has made a name for itself with its take on the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers made from exotic woods like Zebrawood, Cherry, and East Indian Rosewood. But the grain on its latest design isn't actually wood—it's a veneer made from 1,600 feet of recycled newspapers that are rolled up, glued into paper logs, and… » 3/30/15 1:44pm 3/30/15 1:44pm

The soothing art of hand making traditional wooden skis

It's the traditional, old school and almost forgotten methods of craftsmanship that always impress me the most. This video shows how traditional wooden skis are made in Norway and you get to see the entire process, the carving, shaving, shaping, bending and even the making of bindings from wood. » 3/28/15 8:17am 3/28/15 8:17am

This Spartan Organizer Defends Your Desk Against Clutter

Even though the majority of your work day is probably spent staring at a computer screen, somehow your desk gets cluttered faster than you can clean it. So following up on its Spartan-themed knife block, the talented and fully-digited woodworkers at Missing Digit Woodshop have created a desktop version that can now… » 3/27/15 5:16pm 3/27/15 5:16pm

Retrograde Your Kitchen With 8-Bit NES Cart Cutting Boards

If you dropped a little coin on some extra-fancy kitchen counter tops, the last thing you want to do is hack them to pieces with a knife while cutting meats and veggies. But who wants a boring old slab of timber to cut on when Etsy seller CuttingBoredom will make you a beautiful walnut, maple, cherry, or mahogany… » 3/12/15 3:50pm 3/12/15 3:50pm

The process of making an entire skateboard looks like a lot of fun

Skateboarding is fun but George Powell of Powell Peralta skateboard makes building skateboards look even more fun. It's always cool to see hands and machines and people transform wood into something completely different but especially neat to see how the whole skateboard—trucks and bearings and wheels—comes together. » 3/03/15 10:57pm 3/03/15 10:57pm

Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… » 2/18/15 1:24am 2/18/15 1:24am

Inside Ikea's Globe-Spanning Project to Make Solid Wood Furniture

Ikea is one of the largest furniture company on Earth. It's one of the largest companies on Earth. When a company this big decides to make even a slight change to how it makes or sources its products, it's a massive undertaking. That's exactly what Ikea is doing right now—and I got an inside look at the process. » 2/16/15 11:20am 2/16/15 11:20am

Makerbot Is Letting You 3D Print With Metal, Limestone, and Wood

Makerbot—perhaps the most consumer-friendly of 3D printer manufacturers—is about to go a long way toward turning the tech into something consumers can actually use. Starting late this year, MakerBot is going to let you 3D print with a range of new materials, including composites of limestone, iron, and wood. » 1/06/15 10:40am 1/06/15 10:40am

Video: The skilled precision and interesting history of making a violin

The violin is a cute little instrument but also, as I learned from watching this video of violin maker (or luthier) John Young, a really interesting instrument to make. It's artfully designed and carefully shaved down and is still made in a similar way from when it first appeared centuries ago. » 12/24/14 2:22am 12/24/14 2:22am