16th Century ‘Prayer Nuts’ Hide Miniature Carvings

If you were wealthy and devout in 16th century Europe, one of the ultimate possessions was a prayer nut. These tiny wooden spheres were intricately carved boxes filled with religious scenes like the Crucifixion. Worn around the neck attached to a rosary or on the owners belt, it has been theorized that the outer carvings were inserted with aromatic plants and oils to add to the experience of owning one.

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Stunning Geometric Textures Carved Into Plywood Using a CNC Machine

Using the precise cutting head of a CNC machine, artist Michael Anderson carves incredibly beautiful geometric patterns and textures into pieces of plywood. Each pass of the machine reveals the layers of Anderson’s source material, adding contour lines that emphasize the ups and downs of each design.

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Maskull Lasserre Reveals Skeletons Inside Old Wooden Statues and Decoys

From one side they look just as they were intended, but turn them around and a macabre scene awaits. Artist and carver Maskull Lasserre (featured previously) started with a series of old souvenirs and a duck decoy, then in a process he calls “re-carving”, he uses his deft skill to reveal intricate skeletons inside the objects – as if they were always there.

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Take a Bite of These Awesome Watermelon Carvings

There’s nothing quite like eating a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day (and one slice is never enough), but artist Clive Cooper is doing far more than savoring the flavor. He’s carving impressive creatures and characters into the sizable green and pink melons – from creepy goblins and ferocious dinosaurs, to the bears native to his home in Vancouver, BC.

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One Cool Ride: A Drivable Truck Carved From Ice

We’ve seen lots of art cars over the past years, but never one that would melt away in warm weather. Canadian Tire, an automotive company that makes batteries, decided to put their cold weather MotoMaster Eliminator battery to the test by putting it inside a completely frozen truck and then driving it around town. Now, if that isn’t a Canadian experience, nothing is!

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Chinese Artist Spends Four Years Creating the Worlds Longest Continuous Wood Sculpture

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China has a long tradition of outstanding wood carving, a theme that continues on a large scale today. Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled a wood carving to top them all – literally – having just been named “the longest continuous wooden sculpture” by the Guinness Book of World Records on November 14th. Just how big is this behemoth piece? It measures in at some 40 feet in length (12.286 meters) and took Chunhui four years to complete starting from a whole tree. That’s a lot of chiseling.

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Stop Motion Video of a Creepy Lobotomy Pumpkin Carving (and its Ghastly Ending!)

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Just in time for Halloween – a seriously creepy pumpkin lobotomy time-lapse carving by Chris Soria. He spent 15 hours cutting in the ghastly details of this fantastic 360 degree illustration by Jason Smith. The talented duo teamed up to create a commission for Ford, who created the GIF. Check out the unexpected ending in the video below.

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Just Like Eating a Gobstopper: Paintings Made By Carving Through Colorful Layers of Paint

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Around the world people will be familiar with gobstopper, aka jawbreaker, candies. Produced by slowly depositing layers of differently colored sugars onto their center core, the secret of their many inner hues is only revealed when slowly licked or – at the risk of your teeth – bitten. These incredible paintings by Karin Waskiewicz are made in a similar way, placing many layers of acrylic paint on the canvas and then slowly carving, sanding and cutting the layers away. Her cross-disciplinary practice creates something deep, textural, even topographic, out of something commonly viewed as two-dimensional. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of her process is the way each painting reveals itself through intuitive exploration and chance.

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Fantastic Driftwood Sculptures from Knock on Wood

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On the ocean shores of Washington State lie heaps of treasure… but it’s invisible to many eyes. The piles are masses of driftwood washed ashore from the tall woods of the northwest, and artist Jeffro Uitto is using it to create exquisite sculptures and furniture. From a truly majestic rearing horse to a soaring eagle, Jeffro has a talent for finding just the right piece to make his works look gracefully realistic. To realize these pieces he spends hours sorting through his massive collection of wood collected on the shores of Tokeland, the banks of Smith Creek and in the valleys of the Willapa Hills.

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Sculptural Illusions Made Entirely from Wood

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You could call Tom Eckert a magician or an illusionist, but instead of working with cards and cloth as one might expect, he works entirely with wood and paint. All the sculptures you see here are created using those materials, and though it might seem as if you are peering through pieces of cloth to the object below… that’s just an illusion.

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