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

You Can Finally Buy Those Beautiful Wooden Kitchen Knives

First revealed way back in January of last year, The Federal's gorgeous set of wooden-clad kitchen knives were only objects to lust over, not actually buy. It was a tease, for sure, but enough people apparently said "want" that Warehouse has refined the design and put them into limited production. » 12/05/14 5:04pm 12/05/14 5:04pm

Build Yourself Some Bots With Tegu's Magnetic Wooden Blocks

Some would say simple building blocks didn't need improving, but Tegu's idea to add hidden magnets to help hold creations together was genius. And while kids have always been able to use Tegu's blocks to build robots and other high-tech toys with enough imagination, a handful of new sets with added graphics makes it… » 12/02/14 4:00pm 12/02/14 4:00pm

The meticulous process of making a Japanese wooden doll is impressive

I'm not exaggerating the tiniest bit when I say I want to fly to Japan right now and park myself right in front of this man's hand made wooden doll shop in Japan and just watch him work. Imagine the earnest smell of the woodworking, the sound of the lathe spinning and the beauty of his concentration in making art. » 10/28/14 10:47pm 10/28/14 10:47pm

Making a chair by hand looks like the most rewarding thing you can do

Sure raising a kid or joining the Peace Corp can be rewarding too but before you do that, maybe try something a little more challenging, like making a chair by hand. Chad Parkinson of The Furniture Joint works with wood for a living and this glimpse of him making a chair is absolutely gorgeous. » 10/09/14 9:45pm 10/09/14 9:45pm

Chainsaw artist transforms a log into Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

This is fun. Griffon Ramsey, an artist who works with wood and uses a chainsaw, carved and sculpted a real life Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy from an Eastern Red Cedar tree log. She creates a pretty lifelike version of everyone's favorite tree person but I kind of wish she made a 20-feet tall version too. » 10/07/14 1:00am 10/07/14 1:00am

A Spartan Knife Block That's Anything But Austere

You can pretend they're there for easy access, but there's something primevally enjoyable about leaving your cutting implements on display in a knife block. It's like knights mounting swords on the wall of a castle, and it's also why this knife block that looks like a Spartan under attack is particularly amusing. » 10/03/14 9:55am 10/03/14 9:55am

Turning a chunk of wood into something beautiful is satisfying to watch

Here is Alan Holland performing his craft: woodturning. He takes a big chunk of wood, spins it on a lathe and shaves and cuts it down into something much more detailed. It's painstaking work but it looks absolutely rewarding. Getting to the finished product is like discovering something that was hidden underneath. » 9/17/14 10:42pm 9/17/14 10:42pm

Making snowboards by hand is a beautiful process

Here's a video that shows the full custom build process for Kindred Snowboards. They plan the design, get the wood, glue parts together, shave it down, add materials, press it together, clean up the edges and do so many things to one board that it may sound boring when you read it but is incredibly riveting to watch. » 9/16/14 12:44am 9/16/14 12:44am