How to Make a Pair of Functional Pliers From a Solid Block of Wood in Ten Cuts

In a fascinating short video, woodworker David Warther demonstrates how to make a pair of functional wooden pliers from a small block of wood in just 10 cuts. The wooden pliers are given away to children who visit the Warther Museum, a Dover, Ohio institution dedicated to David Warther’s father, master woodworker Ernest “Mooney” Warther.

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Chinese Artist Li Hongbo Cuts Beautiful Metal Art in the Blades of Knives

Knife Blade Art by Li Hongbo

Chinese artist Li Hongbo (previously) cuts animals, figures, and scenes directly into knife blades in his latest sculpture series. In some pieces, the sculptural forms are cut out of the blades and removed, in others, they are cut and popped up, like pop-up book art. Hongbo’s knives vary in scale from life-size Chinese cooking knives to monumental knives some 6.5 feet in length. The series was recently on display at “Shadow of Knives,” Hongbo’s solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li gallery in Hong Kong.

The initial concept of this metal series came to Li back in 2007, the same time as he developed his extremely successful expandable paper sculptures series, during his studies at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. ”Shadow of Knives” is a warning he gives the society – human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.

Knife Blade Art by Li Hongbo

Knife Blade Art by Li Hongbo

Knife Blade Art by Li Hongbo

Knife Blade Art by Li Hongbo

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One-Man Band, Unicycle Elvis, and Other Holiday Entertainers Performing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

This holiday season traveler Matthew Morris stumbled upon a wonderfully whimsical array of holiday entertainers performing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Morris captured three sets of entertainers on video: a cacophonous one-man band, a traditional quartet of Christmas carolers, and Elvis riding dual unicycles.

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‘Ghost Ship’, An Eerie Apparition of a 17th-Century Ship Projected With Water on a Canal in Amsterdam

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

The ghostly apparition of a 17th-century sailing ship floats on a canal in Amsterdam in the installation Ghost Ship by Romanian architecture studio visualSKIN. The ship’s form is projected on two intersecting “water curtains.” The two projections add a sense of depth to the ghost ship illusion. Part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, the installation is on display in the waters off ARCAM Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum through January 18, 2015.

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

photos by Janus van den Eijnden

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‘The Art of the Marbler’, A Fascinating 1970 Educational Film About Paper Marbling

The 1970 British educational film “The Art of the Marbler” offers an in-depth look at paper marbling, a centuries-old technique for creating beautiful marble-like patterns on paper. The film was directed by one K.V. Whitbread (yes, really) and was produced by the Bedfordshire County Council. It was posted online by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives.

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Wind-Powered Strandbeest Kinetic Sculpture Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Over the years we’ve posted many times about Strandbeests, the wondrous large scale wind-powered kinetic sculptures created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Anyone who has ever wanted their own Strandbeest is in luck–ThinkGeek has released two miniaturized Strandbeest sculptures as snap-together plastic model kits. The Strandbeest kits include a Rhinocerous Mini-Beest and a propeller-driven Strandbeest.

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Model Kits by ThinkGeek

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Blink, A News Ticker That Generates an Unending Stream of Sensational Nonsense Headlines

Nonsense New Ticker by Jim Buell

London-based artist Jim Buell has created Blink, an electronic news ticker that algorithmically generates an unending stream of sensational nonsense headlines like “Justin Bieber Executes Dog in America” and “Medical Suspect Marries Radical Tree.” According to Buell, Blink is a commentary on the pervasive addiction to low quality news and dubious information in contemporary culture. Buell imagines that such a device might be used in the near future to algorithmically generate junk news for public consumption.

Nonsense New Ticker by Jim Buell

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Beautiful Balanced Stones Sculptures in Rivers and Streams by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Slovenia-based artist Miha Brinovec creates precariously balanced stone sculptures in rivers and streams by painstakingly stacking stones by hand. According to Brinovec, the process of stacking stones is his favorite form of meditation, and he recommends everyone try it out. Photos of his stone sculptures are available for purchase. Brinovec’s sculptures are reminiscent of the work of Colorado-based artist Michael Grab.

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

Stacked Stone Sculptures by Miha Brinovec

photos by Miha Brinovec

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‘Mirage’, A Delightfully Disorienting Kaleidoscopic Wall of Mirrors in the Woods

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

In the outdoor installation Mirage, 1,200 mirrored panels form a disorienting kaleidoscopic wall amidst a grove of trees. The 82-foot-long installation was created by Budapest-based design firm Studio Nomad. According to the studio, they were inspired by the camouflage patterns of battleships from World War II (likely they are referring to dazzle camouflage). The installation was displayed last August at the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

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A Cleverly-Designed Chair That Looks Like It Is Fading Into the Background

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Saint Petersburg-based designer Daria Pavlova has created foggy chair, a wooden dining chair with a distinctive paint scheme that causes the very top and bottom of the chair to fade into the background. Pavlova designed the chair for cafés and dining rooms, and says it could be custom painted to match various environments.

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

Foggy Chair by Daria Pavlova

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