Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

In an age of the ubiquitous 3D printer, it’s easy to forget the joy and beauty of handmade craft. Take, for example, the 400-year old Japanese art of creating kokeshi dolls. These traditional wooden figurines were said to have been originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan. Although there are about 10 different styles, each doll is made with an enlarged head and cylindrical body with no arms or legs.

In the video, produced by tetotetote, an organization highlighting the arts and crafts of Sendai, Japan, Yasuo Okazaki woodturns solid blocks into the head and body using just a few tools. Okazaki’s “Naruko” style of making the dolls was passed down to him from his father and features stripes at the top and bottom of the body and bangs with red headdresses. I don’t think there’s anything more soothing and hypnotic than the sights and sounds of watching these dolls emerge from a spinning block of wood.

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Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by GCImagery.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011. Photo by Francisco Martins.

South Korean sculptor Byeong Doo Moon unveiled a new stainless steel sculpture as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2014 earlier this month in Sydney. The intricately welded peacock is titled “Our memory in your place” and is a stylistic companion to Moon’s 2011 sculpture, a deer with an unwieldy set of antlers that resembles tree limbs. The annual sculpture event is now in its 18th year and runs through November 9th. You can see plenty more photos of this year’s participants on their website. (via Visual News)

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Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

British artist Nick Gentry (previously) created a new series of portraits by painting on cut film negatives, part of an ongoing effort to repurpose obsolete media—he’s widely known for his paintings on floppy disks—which he uses as a backdrop for his portraiture. The new pieces are part of an upcoming show titled Synthetic Dreams at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami in November. You can see some of Gentry’s most recent work in his online gallery.

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New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

Russian street artist Rustam Qbic (previously) just completed a new 9-story mural in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia for the New City festival. Titled “Blossom” the mural depicts individuals whose heads are literally “blooming” while reading books, an irony not lost on the artist who worked through 11 days of frigid cold and snow to complete the work. The mural is just one of many surreal paintings and walls created by Qbic since we covered his work here last year. You can see more over on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time-Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner

Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner weather timelapse clouds

Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner weather timelapse clouds

Filmed last month by Nicolaus Wegner in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado, Stormscapes 2 is a gorgeous timelapse of severe weather events. Wegner deftly captured lightning strikes, rainbow formations, tornadic activity, and rolling thunderstorms in a way I’ve never seen before. Well worth a watch. (via Jason Sondhi)

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Wacky High-Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid-Shake by Carli Davidson

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Wacky High Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid Shake by Carli Davidson  humor high speed dogs

Published today from Harper Design, Shake Puppies is the latest jowl-flapping canine photo book from Portland-based pet and wildlife photographer Carli Davidson. The dangerously adorable collection of images is a follow-up to her 2013 book Shake that similarly featured high-speed photos of adult dogs caught mid-shake as their ears, lips, fur and drool flies in every direction.

Davidson began photographing animals while on staff at the Oregon Zoo, a passion that eventually led to a career shooting portraits of exotic animals, pets with disabilities, and a plethora of cats and dogs. Shake Puppies is available now through Amazon.

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Photography by Thomas Prior

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

Photography by Thomas Prior travel street photography

When he was 13 years old, New York-based photographer Thomas Prior won a drawing contest and used the money to buy a Pentax K1000 camera. By the age of 20, while still attending SVA, he began assisting on commercial shoots while developing his own direct, almost simplistic approach to photography. Prior relies almost completely on natural lighting and a brilliant eye to capture uncanny images in unexpected places. Gathered here is a selection of photos from the past few years, you can see more on his frequently updated Tumblr, and a recently created Instagram account. (via All of this Is Rocket Science)

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