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

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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 These traditional wooden figurines were said to have been originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan.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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New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb 

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Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb (previously) just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. McNabb shares via email:

I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.

Metros will be on view through October 28, 2014 and you can see more of McNabb’s recent work right here.

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Woodworker Creates Detailed Stop-Motion Films of his Process 

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Designer and woodworker Frank Howarth has a passion for building things with his hands, he makes everything from shelves and chairs to toys and tables. But there’s one thing he might be even more passionate about: showing people how he does it on his YouTube channel. In some of his most popular films, the Howarth removes himself completely to create stop-motion animations with thousands of photos, where the objects appear to build themselves. In the two shown here he builds a trio of bookshelves and a lawn chair. If you liked this, don’t miss the Triumph Spitfire clip. (via The Awesomer)

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Overlook: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop 

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After two years of preparation and meticulous carving, “Overlook” is an upcoming woodcut print from the minds and hands of Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth of Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop (previously). The duo make some of the most stunning limited edition woodcut prints around, having churned out a number of new pieces since we last checked in including Woodcut Valley, Community, and Desert Island. The final color print of Overlook (above is just the woodblock used for printing) will be 28″ x 46″ and is available for pre-order.

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Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys 

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Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

For his latest body of work, artist Maskull Lasserre acquired a number of souvenir sculptures, the kind found in antique stores or craft fairs that have been mass-produced by anonymous artists, which he then used as a foundation for his own artwork. In a process he refers to as “re-carving,” Lasserre removed details from the artist’s original work to reveal intricate skeletal structures, a process we’ve marveled at numerous times over the last few years here on Colossal. If you happen to be in New York, the pieces are on view for two more days at Junior Projects as part of the Regular JOhn show curated by Jim Lee. You can see many more photos of each piece over in Lasserre’s portfolio. (via Design Milk)

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Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

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Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

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Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

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Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

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Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

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Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

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Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

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Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

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Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

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