Here is a standard business card holder, laser crafted from cherry hardwood and hand finished. Although a simple design, laser engraving can be added to each side to give it extra details and styling. It also is easily disassembled for flat storage/transport.
Here is a wooden tissue box, laser etched with the y-weave pattern that I currently enjoy using. It is laser cut out of birch plywood, then stained in golden oak with a matte finish. With this box, one can insert a roll of toilet paper and then dispense it through the top opening. For those who may want to use toilet paper for other purposes besides in the bathroom, it is more appealing when the roll is placed inside this box dispenser. While this current design is side-loading, future designs may be top-loading instead.
My wife’s cousin wanted some new artwork for her house, so she requested a custom laser piece based on Switzerland and the Swiss flag. Her and her family lived in Switzerland for three years, and she thought it would be fun to have something up that reminded her of that time.
This piece started with a 12″x12″ birch wood panel, which was hand distressed and stained in English Chestnut. The outline of Switzerland was then laser cut out of birch plywood and painted in the style of the Swiss flag. After attaching these together, the result was then finished with a protective gloss coating.
Here are some holiday ornaments that I designed and produced in December 2014. One is a kid’s name design and the other a design based on the Golden Gate Bridge. Both are about 3″ round in size and were laser cut out of popular wood. They turned out great for hanging on the Christmas tree.
Here is a brick man that I recently crafted from mahogany wood. Standing about 10″ tall, he took a while to make since there were so many different pieces, involving a lot of cutting, sanding and even more sanding. I ended up laser etching a Y-Weave pattern on his body, legs and head, then finishing him with a medium stain. He was pretty fun to make, but definitely time consuming. Apple included for scale reference. Stay tuned for the second one I made as well – I have yet to decide about lasering or staining that one.
Been creating prototypes of wooden rings with “hungry” characters, so finally released the “Toto-ring”, which is inspired by a popular Japanese anime character. One side is sleepy, while the other side is hungry and “eating” your finger when you wear it.
They are laser cut and etched from cherry hardwood, then hand sanded. Also finished with a polyurethane coating. Each is individually made and unique due to the nature of wood.
You can order one here at the shop.
Been testing new product ideas and so far, these laser cut sneaker lace locks have been turning out well.
First up, small “#23” lace locks to go with the popular Air Jordan sneaker, available in Red or Black (at the shop). As a fan of sneakers and a semi-retired sneaker collector, I want to create products that will enhance and benefit the sneaker culture/community. Using the #23 to compliment the Jordan Brand is an obvious choice. Here are the locks on my Laser IV’s and Black/Carolina Blue 14’s.
Check back for more designs for Jordan’s and other sneakers in the future.
A very Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely wife. For putting up with me, I decided to create and give her this “Heart Dunny” out of wood with matching “Heart Card”. This little guy is laser cut out of maple hardwood, hand assembled, painted, and stands about 3″ tall. Bonus #weeklytoyproject for those keeping track. Have a great President’s holiday weekend!
The “Year of the Snake” in the Lunar New Year is coming to an end, and to cap off the occasion, here is the Silver Edition as a companion piece to the previously created Gold Edition. Measuring 12″x12″, it is also painted laser cut and engraved wood on painted canvas. The “Year of the Horse” is coming soon!
Just when you thought it was over, here’s a bonus #weeklytoyproject!
When one of my friends requested a wooden minion for herself, I created this little guy. If the other minion was “Stuart“, I guess this one is “Phil” (or is the other one Phil and this one Stuart?). Nevertheless, Phil’s a bit sillier than Stuart since he’s got the middle part hairstyle going, a wagging tongue, and is also holding a daffodil flower. Similarly, he was laser cut from wood, then hand assembled and painted, and stands about 3.5″ tall. I have still yet to watch Despicable Me 2, but will hopefully catch it on DVD soon.
Stuart and Phil were able to meet up before Phil departed for his new home, and lots of laughter ensued. Should I create a series of “Woodions” as a production release?
The end of 2013 caps off the success of the #weeklytoyproject. I completed the project of creating or customizing a designer toy every week for a year. In all, I created 27 wood figures, customized 12 vinyl toys, created 7 Sneakeys, sewed 1 plush, molded 1 clay figure, assembled 2 plexiglass toys, and molded and casted 3 resin figures, for a total of 53 official #weeklytoyproject toys (1 bonus). I also released a limited run of the wooden “Cherry Micro Munwood” figure (still a few available here) and have plans to release other different figures as well. The laser cutter was a big help in creating all the wood figures, as I keep refining my laser cutting skills. I also was able to work on my painting skills and explore some different techniques. Furthermore, I learned a lot about resin casting and molding, which is really cool but seems tough to master. Although the project is over, I will continue to keep my creative juices flowing, create new and better things, and am definitely looking forward to what 2014 has in store.
Which #weeklytoyproject was your favorite?
Since it’s snow season, I wanted to make a wooden snowman toy and figured the snowman character Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” would be fun to create. Although I haven’t seen the movie yet, the snowman seems like a funny and animated little dude. This toy version stands about 3″ tall and is laser cut out of maple wood and painted. He has little “twig” arms that are able to articulate as well. Hope every is having a Happy Holidays! There’s only one more week left of #weeklytoyproject, so stay tuned! Hard to believe another year has flown by so fast.