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Blog series by Gary Fixler updated 09-13-2010 12:50 PM 11 parts 53138 reads 107 comments total

Part 1: Tania Kovats' TREE

08-10-2009 09:50 PM by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

At 17m long, TREE is London’s Natural History Museum’s largest botanical specimen. It is a wafer-thin shaving through the entire 200 year old tree from roots to branch tips. The video shows Tania Kovats’ journey through finding the tree, deciding how to bring it down, learning how to have it resawn, CNC machined thin, and dried, and the ultimate hanging on the ceiling of the mezzanine gallery behind the Central Hall. Quite some board feet she left behind at the mill. She...

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Part 2: Biggest, Tallest Tree Photo Ever

09-29-2009 10:40 PM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

It is a pretty awesome photo, but I won’t repost it here. Check it out over on NPR, which also has an article about it, a movie on the making-of, and a slideshow.

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Part 3: What to do with old drawers...

01-11-2010 08:03 AM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

This is a few years old now, but I just found it last night, and thought it was clever and attractive in an eclectic way. The two-woman team of wis design shop flea markets for old, abandoned, and out-of-style drawers, then build custom melamine chests to fit them in a project they call Decades. More of their modern funiture here, with a project similar to Decades being Collect, but with newly created drawers.

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Part 4: Absolutely amazing, all-wood, construction vehicle toys

01-16-2010 11:21 AM by Gary Fixler | 18 comments »

Anyone know Japanese? These are from YouTube user kinohaguruma, and they’re a young child’s dream come true. These are the kinds of things I always wanted to build out of wood growing up, and still do, but I also recognize the monumental effort required now. I chose 3 of them for the post here, each getting more complex and awesome, but there are more at the link above.

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Part 5: Harald Huf's 1:6 scale, twin jet-powered, r/c Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter

01-21-2010 01:58 PM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

I can’t believe the amount of work some people can accomplish. This is an absolutely monumental build of a Sukhoi Su-27, aka “Flanker-B” that mostly uses wood for the mold making, but even that is pretty solid craftsmanship. I think the rest is interesting/impressive to anyone who makes, creates, or builds anything. I thought I was done clicking through pages of pictures at least a dozen times, but there were always more. He did all the wood and aluminum/hand hammered riv...

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Part 6: Now that's some joinery!

02-09-2010 03:21 PM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

Click the pic to go to the Flickr page.

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Part 7: The Wych Elm Project

03-03-2010 05:33 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

A couple nights back while on another of my serendipitous online adventures through the world of trees and wood, I happened upon a blog with a post entitled The Edinburgh Cabinet,RBGE wych elm project. It had some nice pictures of a cabinetmaker and some drawer fronts he’d carved with a scene of Edinburgh, Scotland (click for larger views): I love how the wood grain creates a kind of blanket over the image, like the radial glow of a sunrise or sunset coloring the sky, far mor...

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Part 8: Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion

04-04-2010 03:48 AM by Gary Fixler | 9 comments »

While not particularly woodworking, he uses wood in many of his jigs and clamps and presses. Too, he calls his operation “Quercus Press,” and Quercus, as we all know is the genus of the oak trees. It looks like the covers are glued over white oak boards as well. Moreover, though, this video is simply a maker’s dream. From the old linotype machine whirring and clanking away to line up type as he presses keys, to the vaults of old engravings he gained access to, to the many cl...

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Part 9: cute use for scrap wood - hanging block shelves

05-18-2010 06:42 AM by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

Got a bunch of little wood scrap blocks, some planks, rope, and hooks? I found this online: More pics.

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Part 10: What a fine artist does with branches

05-24-2010 01:32 AM by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

I went to art school, and this kind of work was the domain of the “fine artists,” who make abstract art to express ideas without getting literal about it. I.e. maybe they were inspired by an apple, but there may be no actual representation of an apple anywhere in the piece, and the point was for you to find your own interpretation, which probably wouldn’t contain an apple. Much of the time, we in the computer animation major, and even those in more closely related majors,...

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Part 11: Making a Jarvi Bench, with Mike Jarvi

09-13-2010 12:50 PM by Gary Fixler | 24 comments »

A friend sent this to me, and it is simply a joy to watch. I didn’t even realize it was almost 16 minutes long! It’s a lot of fun, and for me, it had a lot of “Now what on earth is he doing here?” moments that were followed up by “Oh! Brilliant!” resolutions. I like that in my process videos :) This guy has some serious tools and space, relative to me, and works magics with a Wood-Mizer bandmill. I have most of that stuff in half or quarter the scale (but n...

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