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Artist Transforms a Fallen Redwood Tree into A Gigantic Eight-Tentacle Sea Creature

Artist Transforms a Fallen Redwood Tree into A Gigantic Eight-Tentacle Sea Creature

September 25, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Washington-based woodcarver Jeffrey Michael Samudosky has been creating elaborate figural works from a variety of Pacific Northwest trees since he started his company JMS Wood Sculpture in 1998. One of his most recent projects is a replica of an Enteroctopus dofleini, or Giant Pacific Octopus, carved from a fallen Redwood given to him by Redwood Burl. The cephalopod’s tentacles curve and twist their way across areas which Samudosky left natural, including the entire back of the trunk which gives the illusion that the octopus is on top of the tree, rather than a part of it. More



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New Satisfying Porcelain Faceting Videos by Abe Haruya

New Satisfying Porcelain Faceting Videos by Abe Haruya

Jun.28.17

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Christopher

As a finishing touch before glazing his wheel-thrown vases and bowls, ceramic artist Abe Haruya (previously) sets about carving the surface of each piece with various metallic tools. Many of the pieces are done freehand by sight, but some of the more complex scale-like patterns are first sketched with a pencil before Haruya carefully rakes across the surface to remove thin layers of porcelain. More



Art Illustration

Eve: A New Intergalactic Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Eve: A New Intergalactic Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

May.24.17

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Kate

Eve is the newest multi-colored woodcut print from Valerie Lueth of Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop (previously here and here). The limited edition print is created from layering four different blocks, each containing a separate color. Once combined, an orange and green hand is seen suspended in the cosmos, flowers and plants growing wildly from the extended limb. More



Crafts Food

Dragons and Floral Designs Carved from Soap and Melons

Dragons and Floral Designs Carved from Soap and Melons

May.24.17

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Christopher

If you’re up for some impressive carving of soap, melons, and other objects, head on over to the Instagram account of @krasinthusith who transforms the simple materials into amazing winged dragons and floral-inspired sculptures. More



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Magnificent New Carved Book Landscapes and Architecture by Guy Laramée

Magnificent New Carved Book Landscapes and Architecture by Guy Laramée

May.1.17

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Christopher

Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée (previously) recently unveiled a new body of sculptural work, highlighting his evolving ability to excavate mountainous landscapes, cavernous hollows, and sloping watersheds from the dense pages of repurposed books. One of his favorite mediums are bound stacks of old dictionaries and encyclopedias which he carves using a method of sandblasting to which he later applies oil paints, inks, pigments and dry pastels, crayon, adhesives, and beeswax. More



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Super Satisfying Video of a Woodcarver Making ‘Fibonacci’ Spiral Shavings

Super Satisfying Video of a Woodcarver Making ‘Fibonacci’ Spiral Shavings

Apr.18.17

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Christopher

In this all too brief video woodworker Paul Sellers gives us a close-up view as he creates a number of ultra satisfying ‘Fibonacci’ spiral shavings. Between the soothing music, camerawork, and the mathematical perfection of each spiral as it rises from the wood, I could watch something like this all day. More



Crafts Food

New Elaborate Patterns and Designs Carved on Produce by ‘Gaku’

New Elaborate Patterns and Designs Carved on Produce by ‘Gaku’

Apr.14.17

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Christopher

Although we first mentioned his work here only a month ago, food artist Gaku has continues to share numerous examples of his inventive approach to food carving called mukimono. Gaku works with little more than an x-acto knife to carve quickly before the fruit or vegetable starts to change color, executing motifs and patterns often found in Japanese art. More



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Next-Level Food Carving on Fruits and Vegetables by ‘Gaku’

Next-Level Food Carving on Fruits and Vegetables by ‘Gaku’

Mar.4.17

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Johnny

Japan has a rich tradition of food carving called mukimono. If you’ve ever eaten at a fancy restaurant in Japan you might have found a carrot carved into a bunny, garnishing your plate. But in the hands of Japanese artist Gaku, the art of fruit and vegetable carving is elevated to a new realm of edible creations. More



Art History

16th Century Miniature Boxwood Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

16th Century Miniature Boxwood  Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Jan.3.17

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Kate

Carved the size of a palm or smaller, these miniature boxwood carvings featuring religious iconography from the early 16th century have long been a mystery to researchers in the field. It is believed that the entire body of work was created during a 30-year window between 1500 and 1530, somewhere in Flanders or the Netherlands. More



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Stones Carved to Appear Like Wrinkled Fabrics by José Manuel Castro López

Stones Carved to Appear Like Wrinkled Fabrics by José Manuel Castro López

Dec.13.16

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Christopher

Artist José Manuel Castro López works with rocks both large and small to transform hard surfaces into gentle fabric-like creases. Each sculpture begins as a regular piece of quartz or granite which he delicately grinds down to reveal peculiar wrinkled shapes, as if the rock had always existed this way. You can see many more of his recent works in this gallery.(via Ignant) More



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A Miniature Landscape of Elephants Carved From the Tip of a Pencil by Cindy Chinn

A Miniature Landscape of Elephants Carved From the Tip of a Pencil by Cindy Chinn

Jul.1.16

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Kate

Artist Cindy Chinn (previously) recently created a commissioned work for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum, a miniature graphite carving of a family of elephants. The piece, titled “Elephant Walk,” features the animals on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil alongside trees that are dotted to imitate foliage. To accurately carve the minuscule materials, Chinn utilizes a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope. If you are interested in commissioning a piece, or would like to see her other carvings, she has works for sale on her Etsy store. More

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