Jumanji Board Replica

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With the new reboot/remake of Jumanji coming soon, this felt like a timely addition to the site. I’m nervous how this new one will turn out giving how much I enjoyed the original. It was probably one of my favorite movies as a kid.

Youtuber Steve Richter has done what many of us in the 90s only wished we could; build his own replica of the game completely from scratch. Sadly he seems to have skipped the steps that enchated  it into a magical world altering game, but hey, it’s certainly better then the crappy standard boardgame they released after the movie came out. I’ve included the 15min time lapse version of it for you all the pine over with me. 😉

 


Whittling Art in Spoons

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UK based artist Giles Newman creates the most wonderfully detailed wooden spoons with centuries old techniques.

Using primarily oak for his starting base, Mr. Newman uses an axe and knife to whittle such beauty and detail into every piece he designs. He gets his wood from sustainable tree branches and coats each finished piece with tung oil; a natural nut based and food safe oil. Meaning these works of art are functional as well as beautiful. Not sure I could bring myself to do it, but they’d certainly make a nice decorative piece in any home or kitchen. You can find them here at his etsy store should you wish to see more. 🙂


DIY Shelves: Pro Edition

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Yup, I’m back with a final update in making your own display shelves for shows. For awhile now I’ve been wanting to ditch the foam cores I originally made over a year ago. As time has gone on I’m always in constant fear of them being crushed or broken due to their lightweight material. So, back in March I had the idea to instead make them out of wood. They could remain the same thickness (meaning no new math to figure out, yay!) and shape, but by being made out of wood I would have a more professional display piece that could hold up for years to come with only a small amount of care.

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This is how mine they turned out in the end, and below I will walk you through step by step how I went about constructing my lovely new display shelves. PLEASE NOTE: Unlike working with foam core, working with wood involves at minimum a jigsaw and a sander. If you do not feel comfortable using these tools be sure to have a friend/family member who can help you.

Items you will need:

-1/2″ Thick wood (as much as your designs say)
– A Jigsaw (I used a hand one, but a standing one would also be lovely)
– A sander
– Pencil
– Measuring Tape/Ruler

Optional:

– Wood Stain
– Sealent
– Paint Brush or Rag
– Drop Cloth

Since I had access to a jigsaw, I knew my first challenge would be having the big cuts I needed from my large piece of wood done. Thankfully, most hardware stores that sell such large pieces of wood will cut it for you into any size square or rectangle you like. I got my wood at Home Depot and after the first 2 cuts they charge $1 for each additional cut. I don’t remember how many cuts I needed in the end, but it was more than 10. Getting as many cuts as you can done will only save you time. It’s worth the extra charge as long as it’s done properly. Once you get your wood and get home, it’s time to once again get your pencil and ruler out to mark all your measurements for where you’ll be cutting your wood. As always: measure twice, cut once.

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You can see on mine where I had issues with one. Yeah, the guy cut one board 1/4″ shorter then all the others for my support struts and it messed me up. Maybe have an eraser handy in case this happens to you when you’re measuring. Once everything is marked, bring your wood over to your cutting station and carefully cut out your design/pieces. You don’t want any crooked lines so take your time and do it right.

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Now that you have all your pieces cut, it’s time to sand! Get your sander ready and start with a high grit paper like 80-100 for your first pass, working your way up in numbers to a finer grit and a smoother finish. Make sure you get all of your edges too to prevent and splintering or roughness. Last thing I want is to have a rough section when handling my display stands. This step will take awhile to do and that’s okay, cause if you want, you can stop after this step!

029You’ll have a fully finished display stand at this point (baring any gluing/drilling to add dowels like I do with mine) that you can simply take as is and use all you like. Personally I wanted mine to be a darker color so I opted to stain it ‘Dark Cherry’. Before you start brushing your stain on, you’ll want to prep your area by laying down a drop cloth, an old sheet, or even old towels. You’ll also want to wipe your display pieces down with a clean cloth to remove any fine particles that may be hanging around from sanding. Once that’s done, simply lay your pieces out on your work space and evenly coat your wood with stain.

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This will take at least 2 rounds as you’ll need to flip your display to make sure you get all the sides. You can use a brush or an old rag to put your stain on. As long as it’s evenly applied you can choose whichever applicator works best for you. Knowing this is a several hour project overall, I also recommend getting a stain that is also a sealer to save some small amount of time. You don’t have to of course, but sealing is needed to make sure your stain retains it’s color/look for as long as possible.
034And there you have it! Once everything is dry and finished your new display is ready to use at your next show. It will be sure to impress the guests and other vendors as they all wonder where you got your great display shelves. 😉

~Nicole


Light Up Your Life

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Happy Sunday, all!

There was a third vendor at Philly Comic Con that I really must gush about. Dan at Altruistic makes some of the most wonderful wooden geekery! They make clocks, pendants, amazing cosplay accessories, and other nerdy goodies.

AltruisticGallifreyClock  AltruisticVaultBoyPendant  AltruisticMasterSword

Their most unique creations, though, are the tea light boxes. Small, carved wooden boxes in your favorite fandoms with your choice of different colored battery operated tea lights!

AltruisticGreenTealight  AltruisticJSTealight  AltruisticMKTealight

These would make absolutely fantastic night lights for the kids (or yourself) or great accent pieces for your game room. The best part is that the “faces” are interchangeable, so you can buy some to make everyone in the house happy and just switch them around when you like. Let it be noted that if you don’t see your heart’s desire on their site, they also do custom work!

If you like what you see and want to add some clever geek pieces to your home, Altruistic can be found on Facebook and their website.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


A Puzzling Post

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When I was much younger and we weren’t being tossed out into the blazing sunshine of the day so the adults could have some peace, one activity we often spent time on was puzzles. I loved watching the pattern take shape and the satisfaction of fitting that last piece in place was always worth the effort. But times have definitely changed and it seems even puzzles can become more sophisticated. We were just getting to the era of 3D puzzles when I apparently decided there were other things to be doing but perhaps it’s time for me to reconsider and pick up the old hobby in favor of some very thought provoking, very beautiful pieces of art that also happen to be puzzles.

This puzzle is also great for meditation!

This puzzle is also great for meditation!

Many wood artists have become so creative with the intricacy they put into some of their puzzles. My favorites have quickly become the puzzles that spell out the name of animals while simultaneously looking like said animals!

A weasely difficult diversion?

A weasely difficult diversion?

I’ve been very impressed by those artists that incorporate the rather difficult puzzle forms into something I would have no trouble displaying in our home at all times.

The beauty of this is not at all puzzling.

The beauty of this is not at all puzzling.

Well, it looks like it’s actually turning into quite a beautiful day so I’ll save my own puzzles for one of the rainy ones and head on out to soak up some sun.

Have a great week and stay crafty!

~Laura


Cubic Fox Props

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I’m part of an artist group on Facebook that is all about helping people improve their work. Two days a week you are allowed to do self promotion and while I normally don’t actively scroll through the hundreds of postings to showcase here, one artist caught my eye this week.

Cameron runs a shop called Cubic Fox Props in Canada where she primarily makes wood based items, such as the map I’ve added up above. The map is what caught my eye from her post as it’s just so well detailed and created. A laser cutter was used to carve the map out and then all the details are added in by hand. I can only imagine the hours of work that went into it as it measures over two feet tall!

Most of her work is Game of Thrones related right now but I’m sure she’d be happy to work with that other big fantasy fandom out there…something about rings I think? 😉

~Nicole


Questing for New Decor

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It’s a new year and this means changes for a lot of us. In my case, I like to freshen up the look of my surroundings and since I am a geek at heart it usually includes something fandom inspired. I am very pleased to have found some artisans that can help me in my quest for new art: Super Craft Bros! The two “bros”, Joe and Steve, are former game developers so they sure do know their stuff. They make wonderful wooden sculptures that would be just the thing to spruce up just about any nerdy den or game cave.

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Their very versatile pieces can be hung on walls, placed on pedestals, or casually grouped almost anywhere.

Where everyone can see or be seen by them!

Where everyone can see or be seen by them!

These guys have plenty to choose from and are always adding more (and more ideas for displaying them).

Oh, boo, is it time for a new clock?

Oh, boo, is it time for a new clock?

Even if you do not see anything you like immediately, the very talented Craft Bros will also make custom designs for any occasion.

Like commemorating your favorite city, perhaps (I may be a bit partial to this one)?

Like commemorating your favorite city, perhaps (I may be a bit partial to this one)?

If you need more décor to help you reach the next level in your home, Super Craft Bros can be found on Etsy, Facebook, and both Joe and Steve’s Instagram accounts.

May your craft questing be successful!

~Laura


Glow in the Dark Wood Table DIY

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For those that don’t mind adding some fun into their adult homes & lives, this table is such a cool piece! Designed by mikeasaurus over at instructables, he’s put together a great step by step guide on how to make your own glow in the dark table. Just a heads up, basic knowledge on wood working and furniture building is required. Aside from the tools the materials list is really quite small:

Quick and simple of it is that the wood naturally has these holes due to a fungus that grew inside of it. You clean them out and then assemble the boards into your desired width/length table top. Before you finish it though, you’ll mix the glow powder and resin; pouring it into the cleaned out sections. (You’ll need to frame the table for this part obviously to make sure the resin doesn’t flow over the boards onto your floors). Once it’s set you simply clean up the resin and finish the table like normal. 🙂


A Mug for All Seasons

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On this Sunday, I bring you a mug of friendship with a dash of creativity.

This is a really big mug of friendship!

This is a really big mug of friendship! It actually has three handles.

Sound delicious? I assure you, it is! I’ve frequented many a Renaissance Festival and I especially love browsing the various artisans that set up shop. One that has had a place in my heart for years is Wondrous Works in Wood. They specialize in handmade wooden mugs but over the years, they’ve increased their beautiful offerings.

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Look at all of those styles!

From mugs, to goblets, to shot glasses, to straws, to eating utensils, to wooden instruments, they make so many lovely things! All mugs are handcrafted from different types of hardwood and then sealed with thin (but effective) FDA-approved plastic. Because they are real wood, most of the mugs are one of a kind due to the grain and character of the wood itself but they often have several in the same style. This medium truly allows for some amazing patterns and shapes. The intricacy of some of the designs just leaves me astonished!

WWW checked mug WWW Goblets WWW Flame Box Elder mug

They can also add a monogram or custom design etched right into the mug type of your choice!

Maybe even your mug on a mug?

Maybe even your mug on a mug?

If you don’t feel like this is enough muggy goodness, know that they also have mug accessories like mug caps (for keeping unsightly bugs out of your drink), straps (for hanging your fashionable mug from your belt), and even mug corsets and hats!

Aren't we looking spritely today?

Aren’t we looking spritely today?

These mugs really stand up to wear and tear. Because they are made from hardwood (and so shrink and expand a little bit with heat and cold), it is not recommended that the mugs are put in the dishwasher or microwave but with hand washing afterwards, they are great for both hot and cold drinks. The best part about this business is not only their passion for their product but also for their customers. If your mug has an unfortunate accident (and it has not broken into more than 5 pieces), ship it to them and they will fix it, free of charge! They also make a very conscious effort to reduce and re-use their leftover wood by donating the remains to local art initiatives and classrooms. So if you are looking for a classy, useful drinking vessel, look no further!

Wondrous Works in Wood can be found on their website, Facebook, or Etsy.

~Laura

 


Studio Ghibli Table Pyrography

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I’ve always loved burned effects on various materials in art, and today I want to show off a new artist’s first go at Pryopraghy as it was quite ambitious.

Studio Tamago is a French artist that typically works with more traditional art mediums like photography and design, but their custom burned wood table is what really caught my eye. For a first attempt their lines and and fine detail accuracy are just stunning. I really don’t know why they wouldn’t experiment more after such a successful first attempt as they clearly have talent for the medium, but if you fancy seeing some of their photography skills do still check out their gallery. 🙂

~Nicole