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The Scientific Art Of Sound When Making A Guitar

Video: The Art of Sound is a short documentary by Rodgers Townsend that reveals a bit of the genius of Tom Bills and the painstaking precision that goes into his making of guitars. Equal parts science and art, every decision of every carving of every shape of every guitar is motivated by making the instrument sound as good as it can.


Upgrade Your Kid's Wooden Train Set To A Formula 1 Circuit

Most kids are happy to push around an empty cardboard box, so it’s no surprise they’d also settle for a boring wooden train set. But as an adult you know better, and for around $US70 you can upgrade their wooden train to a high-speed Formula 1 track.


Inspired By Battleship, This Head-To-Head Portable Arcade Is A Work Of Art

It’s probably about time for custom arcade builder Love Hultén to consider taking on the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. His custom arcade consoles are just stunning, and there isn’t a gamer out there who wouldn’t drop a small fortune on his new two-player Battlecade.


Seeing A Cello Get Carved From Wood And Made By Hand Is So Soothing

Video: The cello is a gigantic instrument so it’s really no surprise that it basically takes an entire tree to make. What is impressive about the process of making a cello by hand though is just how long it takes to carve the wood down, to precisely cut out the shape, and to put all the pieces together. With such a big and bulky instrument, you’d think you can get away with some shortcuts. Not in this case. Not at all.


The Lovely Process Of Making The Most Intricate Wooden Cutting Boards

Cutting boards don’t just have to be the thing you put on your kitchen counter and chop meat on, they can be beautiful intricate pieces of art too. Just look at the incredible work and detail it takes to make one of these end grain cutting boards from Larch Wood. In this video by Stereokroma, you get to see how it starts from a log to how it gets heat dried to how the pattern gets selected and how each board ends up with such a unique, oiled up design.


Actually, Perpetual Slinky Escalator Is Humanity's Greatest Achievement

There are some questions I have about the world’s first perpetual Slinky escalator. Will this Slinky ever stop slinking? Will the entire rickety machine collapse into a pile of repurposed IKEA particle board and dust? Is this not the world’s most mesmerising GIF?


An Interesting Look At A Lumber Shop

Video: 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 to see wood getting chopped to bits.


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 down a tree. Sticks and stones break bones.


Could The Empire State Building Be Built With Wood?

High-rise buildings constructed from wood are having a bit of a moment. And that begs an important question: could the Empire State Building, the quintessential skyscraper, be built using wood?


The Ricoh GR II Adds Wi-Fi To A Cult Classic

The Ricoh GR was a fantastically simple compact camera — one big APS-C sensor crammed into a portable body, with a good prime lens, decent controls, and not much else in the way. Two years after the original release, Ricoh has released the GR II. What’s broke ain’t fixed — the only major addition is Wi-Fi and NFC.


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