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Watching A Wooden Chair Get Made Is Surprisingly Peaceful

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 quiet still soundtrack of the furniture being put together.


The Difference Between Hard And Soft Wood Has Nothing To Do With Hardness

Generally speaking, wood is often put into one of two categories — hardwood and softwood. But what exactly makes a given piece of wood qualify as either hard or soft and how did those definitions come about? It all has to do with the tree’s seeds.


An Interesting Look At The Life Of A Master Woodturner

Video: Steven Kennard is a master woodturner, and this is his story. Filmed by Breakwater Studios, this short shows in detail how Kennard transforms wood into unbelievably intricate art pieces and gives you a bit of background on how Kennard became a woodturner.


Video: Stunning Art Made From Simply Carving One Stick Of Wood

Video: 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 stick of wood hid so much art?


Watch This Guy Make A Perfect Ebony Pot The Size Of His Fingernail

Video: Even though my eyes see the artisan’s finger placed for reference next to the small piece of ebony at the beginning of the video, my brain can’t believe that the resulting pot is the size of his finger nail. The level of detail is so perfect that my stubborn mind still thinks it’s a full size pot.


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 488m of recycled newspapers that are rolled up, glued into paper logs, and sliced like lumber.


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.


This Spartan Organiser 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 hold pens, pencils, styli, a letter opener, and even sticky notes.


All The Neat Stuff You Can Do With A Hatchet, Safely

You know the book. A kid winds up in the forest with nothing but a small hand axe and figures out how to survive. A hatchet is one of the most versatile tools you can take with you in the outdoors, this is how you use one and how you’ll manage to keep all your fingers and toes when you do.


High-Rises Made Of Wood Might Actually Be Good To Look At

High-rise housing blocks are all too often concrete monstrosities, the kind of places that don’t exactly scream Home Sweet Home. In an effort to make them just a little more welcoming, Swedish architects are proposing an all-wood construction.