Shinji Nakaba ( previously ) is a master of carving carefully into miniature objects, creating skulls and other anatomical forms from pearls no larger than the end of a finger tip. Nakaba considers these works “wearable sculptures,” as each pearl takes the form of a ring, necklace, or pin. Although he uses precious metals and stones for his high-end jewelry, he is not against mixing in more common materials..
Artist Cindy Chinn ( previously ) recently created a commissioned work for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum , a miniature graphite carving of a family of elephants. The piece, titled ” Elephant Walk ,” features the animals on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil alongside trees that are dotted to imitate foliage. To accurately carve the minuscule materials, Chinn utilizes a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope.)
Working with tiny pieces of wood, wood sculptor Seiji Kawasaki carves realistic foods that look almost good enough to eat—depending on your taste. From chocolate bars that emerge from jagged pieces of wood to peppers and dried minnows that double as chopstick holders, the artist can create any edible item from a block of wood in just a few hours. Kawasaki has exhibited work in a number of galleries around Japan, and you can see more of his work in this Facebook gallery ..
We’ve long marveled at artist Maskull Lasserre 's masterful ability to carve anatomical details into everyday objects . One of his recent sculptures, titled Improbable Worlds , is no exception. For this piece the Canadian artist split an old upright piano in two, slicing through every last component leaving only a single point of connection: a tiny wishbone carved from the wooden piano back..
Photo by Paul & Margery Zeller Photo by Paul & Margery Zeller Photo by SneakinDeacon As the story goes, Ernest “Mooney” Warther was a boy growing up in Ohio when he encountered a man who taught him how to carve a pair of working pliers from a single piece of wood—using just 10 cuts. Whether it was that single epiphany, or the machinations of his incredibly inquisitive mind, Warther would quickly become one of this most notable wood carvers in America. Warther’s most significant carving before he changed his focus almost exclusively to locomotives , was a tree created from 511 interconnected pliers using the same technique he learned as a child.)
I propose you today a new selection of the latest carved pencils by Hoang Tran , who enjoys transforming Crayola into iconic characters of pop culture, from Star Wars to Adventure Time through Monty Python, Batman, Doctor Who and many more.
Here are the Baroque Backpacks , or Arxi , a series of backpacks and accessories directly inspired by baroque architecture, echoing the shapes and appearance of carved stone pieces.
The Lunar Watch is an amazing creation, since this watch is carved from genuine rock from the Moon! The stones used by the designers of the Analog Watch Company has been brought from the Moon in 1974 by a Soviet probe of the Luna Programme , whose goal was collecting samples of rocks and minerals on the surface of the Moon.
The Ice Music is an amazing event designed by the Swedish artist Tim Linhart , who offers musicians to play on instruments carved in ice, which surprisingly has an amazing sound! This ice symphony is presented in a special igloo in Lapland, which helps to keep the instruments at the right temperature and make the best sound possible.
Leifeng Pagoda / Photo courtesy Michael Lai With origins that date back as far as the Tang Dynasty (around the year ~700), the Chinese craft of Dongyang wood carving is regarded by many to be one of the most elegant forms of relief carving in the world.
Producing work since 1974, Japanese artist and jeweler Shinji Nakaba infuses all matter of anatomical forms, skulls, and flowers into what he describes as “wearable sculptures.”
Starting with carpenter and art pencils containing thick leads, Russian artist Salavat Fidai uses an X-ACTO knife to carve miniature renderings of hands, buildings, and various characters from pop culture.
All photos courtesy Cindy Chinn We’ve seen a number of artists working with pencil leads over the last few years, where the narrow dimensions of graphite are carved into minuscule objects. This recent piece by Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn is particularly ingenious, an entire carpenter’s pencil is turned into a tiny train, trestle, and bridge . “This piece was designed using straight lead pieces for the rails, with the tiny carved train placed and securely glued on top of the rails,” Chinn shares. “The train engine is only 3/16? of an inch tall. The pencil is 5-5/8? long and mounted in a wood shadowbox frame as shown in the photos.” You can see more of Chinn’s pencil carving work on her website and on Etsy . See more pencil carving fun from Salavat Fidai , Diem Chau , and Dalton Ghetti . (via Laughing Squid )