Wooden Vases Show Pencils Have Other Artistic Uses Than Just Drawings

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Grade school is an opportunity for budding artists to finally shed their cumbersome crayons and try their hand at making a masterpiece using the subtle shades of a box of colored pencils. But artist Tuomas Markun Poika must've missed that class, since he instead uses pencils to create wooden vases with unique patterns made possible by the process with which they're made.

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Rows and rows of hexagonal pencils are glued together, and then stacked to eventually form giant wooden boxes that are clamped into a lathe which turns them into curvaceous vases with intricate patterns revealed as the pencils are partially stripped away.

The Amalgamated collection will eventually be available in three different sizes and a range of different colors, but exact pricing info hasn't been revealed yet. Which means that if you're handy in the woodshop and have got a bucket of old pencils you no longer need, you can probably save yourself a few hundred bucks with a weekend project. [Studio Markunpoika via designboom]

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aaron

I turn blocks of colored pencils on a lathe (instagram: Aaronmakesstuff). They turn just like a wood block and the colors do not smear like you would think as long as your chisels are sharp. You also do not have to sand as long as your tools are sharp and you know what you are doing, or if you use a machine to mass produce them (like the video). All you need single poly coat or two to seal the lead/wax and you are done.

I see he uses a copy machine on the video... cheating if you ask me.