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

A Gorgeous Wooden Kitchen Scale That Masquerades as a Cutting Board

Successful baking requires strict adherence to a recipe and precise measurements, which is made easier with a scale at your disposal. But if the last thing you want is another ugly appliance cluttering up your kitchen counters, feast your eyes on the lovely GKILO scale (pronounced kilo) which when not in use looks… » 4/28/14 12:00am 4/28/14 12:00am

Magic tree stands back upright after being chopped down to the ground

If reading The Giving Tree as a kid didn't convince you that trees have feelings, just watch this unbelievable clip of a magical tree rising from the dead. Seriously! After getting chopped to pieces by a man with a chainsaw, the tree stands straight up as if it were never knocked down in the first place as if to say… » 4/23/14 12:33am 4/23/14 12:33am

The Roof of This Sloped Library Doubles as an Awesome Slide

Imagine how much easier it would be to get kids excited about going to the library if the library itself doubled as a playground. That's exactly what's happened in an earthquake-ravaged village in China's Yunnan Province. The town's new library doubles as a community center with a slide on top. And it's beautiful. » 4/09/14 5:40pm 4/09/14 5:40pm

Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers

The Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. » 3/21/14 2:00pm 3/21/14 2:00pm

Insulating Foam Made From Wood Makes Your Log Cabin Warm and Authentic

Not only is styrofoam great for all your packing needs, it also makes for an incredibly effective and lightweight insulator. It's just too bad the chemicals and processes needed to make it aren't as earth-friendly as they could be. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have successfully created an alternative… » 3/20/14 4:40pm 3/20/14 4:40pm

This Woodworking Robot Used To Build Cars and Trucks

The auto industry in the US hit a few speed bumps over the past few years, and while many factories have closed, it's good to see that some workers, like this industrial robot arm, have managed to find work elsewhere. Instead of building sedans, this arm now lathes solid blocks of maple into lovely wooden stools. » 3/19/14 9:20am 3/19/14 9:20am