"WoodSwimmer" is a single from Bedtimes with a remarkable video by Brett Foxwell. In it, Foxwell laboriously sanded and sliced thin pieces of wood from large logs to create hypnotic patterns from the wood grain. Read the rest
Is there a visual equivalent to the audio tingles people report in ASMR? Because I get a special kinda o' feeling deep down inside whenever I watch videos like woodworker Paul Seller's gorgeous Fibonacci Spiral Shaving. It even sounds like some sort of a fussy sexual proclivity: Fibonacci spiral shaving.
Given the video's comments, where people are talking about how meditative, relaxing, and therapeutic Fibonacci spiral shaving is, I don't think I'm alone. And I second the request to loop it. I could watch this thing all day.
Oh, and by the way, if you're into this sort of eyeball massaging, watching videos of repetitive activity, close-ups of craftwork, strange materials and chemical intereactions, and the like, check out the Oddly Satisfying tag on Instagram. Read the rest
André Roubo's series on carpentry called L'Art du Menuisier mentions a polissior, a small device made of broom straw for polishing wood. In the two centuries since Roubo's book, the device had faded from memory until a couple of years ago, when Don Williams recreated one from an illustration in Roubo's book. It turned out to work amazingly well. Read the rest
This fantastic sculpture by Clayton Boyer will delight, amaze, hypnotize, and/or induce motion sickness. He's posted the plans for sale and you can see how others have interpreted his basic design in this Flickr pool! Boyer writes:
This is Zinnia, a spring driven kinetic sculpture that will quietly run about 40 minutes on a full wind. Each of the two display wheels is 24" (61cm) in diameter, and as they change rotational speed and direction they create a variety of visually interesting shapes within the sculpture ~ as well as the contrasting shadows it projects against the wall behind. This is a very easy project to build and a great place to begin your kinetic sculpture and clock making journey. Zinnia's included wheel design is only one example of display wheel possiblities; you can create your own designs! The basic motive mechanism of the Zinnia will easily accept a wide variety of other display wheel sizes, shapes and forms. The possibilities for other variations in display wheel shapes is only limited by your imagination!