Year of the Snake – Silver Edition

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!

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Minion #2 – Wood Toy

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?

Weekly Toy Project 2013 Review

Weekly Toy Project Review

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?

 

Olaf Snowman – Wood Toy

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.

Fresh To Death Art Show Recap

The “Fresh To Death” Art Show and Charity Auction opened last Saturday night down in San Diego at Rosewood, a sneaker/skate store and art gallery. I was lucky enough to display the three toy art figures that I created for the show alongside my good friend (and one of the hosts of the show) Gary Lockwood (aka Freehand Profit) and his finance, Betsy Van Deusen. The other artists included in the show were @marsartist, @romtheworld. and @cristobarart, and it was co-hosted by Sneaker Head Confessions. The turnout was great, with different folks coming through all night and was definitely a fun time. Coincidentally, my pieces, entitled “2 Feet Under” (differentiated by “brand” editions), complemented perfectly with Betsy’s amazing oil and watercolor paintings. In addition a toy drive was also held and those, plus the proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego. Keep an eye out for the auction, since unfortunately, there are a few issues at hand. Check out the following statement from Gary:

12/16/2013: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to eBay’s required shipping & handling turnaround the auctions must be held closer to the end of the show. This will also give time for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego to register with eBay’s Giving Works so that 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the charity. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we reconfigure the charity art auction.

Thanks to everyone that made it out the opening night. If you are in San Diego, the show runs through January, so be sure to stop by and check out all the art in person.

Jordan Coffin Shoebox – Wood Toy

If you weren’t able to make it out to the “Fresh To Death” art show this past Saturday night down in San Diego at Rosewood, here are photos of the third coffin shoebox wood toy that was created for the event. This toy is styled like a Jordan Brand sneaker box and is wearing a pair of gold Jordan IV’s. It also has the same specs as the other two.

Each coffin shoebox figure is adored with matching “fresh” golden sneakers and they stand at almost 10″ tall. They are laser cut and engraved out of wood, then assembled and painted with a vintage/worn feel. Inside the coffins features a Hawaiian print floral lining, as well air vents on the “top” of them, as they can be filled with potpourri. These both tie into the theme of “Fresh To Death”. They are ready to hang on the wall, as well as being to stand on their feet or on their backs.

If you were at the show, you saw the full display, which includes matching skeletons and potpourri flowers inside the coffins. Furthermore, each of these pieces are entitled “2 Feet Under”, and are editioned by their “brand”. Here are some pics of all three together as well as the skeleton surprises:

This turned out to be a BONUS #weeklytoyproject, since I finished this last week and it was revealed over the weekend. Look out for a recap and photos of the “Fresh To Death” art show this week.

Nike Coffin Shoebox – Wood Toy

In case you can’t make it to the “Fresh To Death” Art Show tomorrow at Rosewood San Diego, here  is the reveal of the 2nd Coffin Shoebox Wood Toy that will be on display there.

This one is fashioned after the classic Nike sneaker box, features the Nike Air Max 90 on it’s feet, and has all the specifications of the Adidas themed one:

Each coffin shoebox figure is adored with matching “fresh” golden sneakers and they stand at almost 10″ tall. They are laser cut and engraved out of wood, then assembled and painted with a vintage/worn feel. Inside the coffins features a Hawaiian print floral lining, as well air vents on the “top” of them, as they can be filled with potpourri. These both tie into the theme of “Fresh To Death”. They are ready to hang on the wall, as well as being to stand on their feet or on their backs.

“Fresh To Death” is only one day away, so try to make it out there and be sure to look for the hidden surprise inside each coffin. The event starts at 7pm, so get there early, since you will want to participate in the charity art auction and holiday toy drive, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego!

Fresh To Death Art Show
,  Fresh To Death Art Show

Dreamy Treats – Wooden Holiday Ornaments

Just released in the beginning of December and sold exclusively at Creme Caramel LA, the “Dreamy Treats” are wooden holiday ornaments inspired by the Creme Caramel LA dessert menu. Sold in sets of 3, each set represents a delicious theme. Laser cut and etched out of walnut hardwood, then hand sanded and finished, these ornaments are sized in the 3″x3″ range. They would look great decorating a tree or other holiday paraphernalia. Be sure to stop by Creme Caramel in Sherman Oaks to pick up a set (or two)! Whats your favorite?

DreamyTreats-Menu

 

Chinese Character 芸 – Wood Pendant

Chinese Character Custom Wood Pendant

Custom wood pendant based on the Chinese character 芸. The design was an attempt to “hide” the character in a pattern to make it look more interesting than just the character itself. Laser cut out of walnut wood and measures about 2″x1.3″.

Adidas Coffin Shoebox – Wood Toy

On Dec. 14, 2013, “Fresh To Death”, a group art show and charity auction event, is opening at the sneaker shop Rosewood San Diego. My good friend Gary (aka Freehand Profit) is one of the hosts, and when he asked me to partake, I gladly accepted. With the theme in mind and my #weeklytoyproject still going strong, I decided to create three “coffin shoe box” figures for the show.

This “Adidas” Coffin Shoebox was the first one completed and is themed in the style of a classic Adidas shoebox. Each coffin shoebox figure is adorned with matching  “fresh” golden sneakers and they stand at almost 10″ tall. They are laser cut and engraved out of wood, then assembled and painted with a vintage/worn feel. Inside the coffins features a Hawaiian print floral lining, as well air vents on the “top” of them, as they can be filled with potpourri. These both tie into the theme of “Fresh To Death”. They are ready to hang on the wall, as well as being to stand on their feet or on their backs.

If you’re in San Diego (or nearby) make sure you come out to the show to see this figure, as well as the other two, in person. Perhaps there will be additional surprises inside of them as well. Looking forward to seeing all the other artwork from the other great artists there too!

Fresh To Death Art Show
Fresh To Death Art Show

 

Turkey – Wood Toy

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Here is one Turkey that survived the day, probably because he is wooden toy. Laser cut and hand assembled out of walnut (and a little bit of cherry), this guy stands at about 3.5″ tall and 4″ wide. Gobble gobble! Have a great holiday weekend and eat up all those leftovers.

Cherry Micro Munwood Now Available

Cherry Micro Munwood

  • Laser Cut Cherry Hardwood
  • Hand Assembled
  • Approximately 3″ Tall
  • Limited Edition of 12
  • Poly Coated with Satin Finish
  • No Two Exactly the Same
  • Individually Laser Numbered
  • Includes Wooden Header Card / Key Chain

Now available for sale here.