Carving and reshaping coins, often called hobo nickels, is a classic art form that is getting an update by Russian artisan Roman Booteen. Some even have mechanisms added: Read the rest
Artist Salavat Fidai creates all sorts of cool art, but his work sculpting the tips of pencils really stands out as an impressive achievement. Read the rest
Anyone who was a hippie or who grew up knowing a hippie or two probably saw these intricate carved candles here and there. They eventually went mainstream in the 1970s, like macramé. Read the rest
Carving soap bars into tiny cubes is apparently so satisfying visually and aurally that there's a whole series of videos depicting its many pleasures. Read the rest
Lignum vitae is an extraordinarily dense and hard wood, so kiwami japan wanted to see if a knife made of the wood could maintain a sharp blade. An interesting and relaxing experiment. Read the rest
Bobby Duke carved a pencil into magnificent recursion. He calls it "Pencil Inception."
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Artist Rochelle Javier makes soap carvings that look good enough to eat. But don't, because they're soap. Read the rest
I wanted to try whittling. This knife is my tool.
I dreamed of carving my own cute wood trinkets in all the spare time I have, so I asked a pal what knife he uses when he whittles. He suggested I start with a "sloyd" knife, a traditional Swedish carving blade.
This video may help:
I also ordered the recommended starter wood: basswood chunks, and after cutting myself I'm awaiting a THUMB GUARD.
Get a thumb guard first.
BeaverCraft, The Best Wood Carving Sloyd Knife for Whittling via Amazon
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Artisan Daniele Barresi can carve anything into beautiful sculpture: broccoli, papaya, mushrooms. For more lasting works, he creates beautiful sculpted and intaglio soaps:
Check out his Instagram and Facebook for more cool creations.
• Papaya Orchid - Daniele Barresi (YouTube / Dany's Art Show via Bored Panda) Read the rest
These strange wooden boxes by Paolo del Toro have whimsical designs that open at the mouths to reveal a secret compartment. Just loosen the drawstring and add whatever you'd like. Read the rest
Pumpkins blush with shame when they watch this video. [h/t Richard]
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Hobo Nickels, a subject we've been doting on for 12 years now, had a bumper year in 2013, as is evidenced by this gallery of Mr The's nickel-carvings (not all the coins are nickels, but the term is generic regardless of the coin) from the past year. Mr The specializes in big head/mini man carvings that add a tiny torso, arms and legs to the nickel's traditional head (it especially rocks with monster heads). Read the rest