Wooden Brick Man 1 – Laser Etched

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.

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Valentine’s Day Heart Dunny

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!

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?

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

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.

Jack-O-Lantern – Wood Toy

Halloween is less than a week away, have you carved your Jack-O-Lanterns yet? Pumpkin carving is a fun and creative activity for all. Instead of carving a real one this year however, here is a wood toy version. He is laser cut from wood, then painted, and stands at just over 4″ tall. Additionally, I created these laser cut plexiglass earrings of “Jack” to commemorate the occasion (available at the shop).

Jack-O-Lantern Earrings

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween next week, especially if you go out trick-or-treating!

SpongeBob SquarePants – Wood Toy

For those diehard SpongeBob SquarePants fans out there, you’ll want to check out the “SpongeBob Shellabration“, happening this weekend at Universal Studios, Hollywood. While you’re there, be sure to check out “Bikini Bottom Gallery”, where I am showing a SpongeBob themed art piece entitled “Good as Gold”. The gallery is curated by Gallery Nucleus. and when they posted an open call about submitting to the event, I knew I had to partake. “Good as Gold” was created in a similar fashion to some of my other pieces, featuring painted laser cut and etched wood on painted canvas, measuring 12″x12″x3.5″.  To accompany the piece and for #weeklytoyproject, I also created a wood SpongeBob toy in the same color scheme. Golden SpongeBob toy stands at 3.5″ tall. Gotta love those “krabby pattys”!

Spongebob Fan Shellabration

CWDL Branded Bronco – Wood Toy

When Jeff Staple of Staple Design (a leader in the streetwear fashion industry) announced a few months ago that he was teaching an online class through Skillshare, I knew that I wanted to partake. I have been following Staple Design for a while, and recall visiting the Reed Space store in New York back in 2004. Since then, they have really exploded in the streetwear scene and are a model of consistency to strive for. The class, entitled “A Staple of Branding: How to Start Your Fashion Company”, was to focus ideally on branding a clothing company, so I figured I could learn some things that would relate here as well as with Leaders of the New. It has been great to watch the class videos and follow the project guidelines as well as receive feedback from other classmates. One of the extra credit deliverables that was assigned, was the digital branding of car, but I decided to take it a step further and build a toy car for #weeklytoyproject. The early Ford Bronco has been a favorite car of mine for a while. I eventually  want to purchase and fix one up (another project that sounds like fun but also a lot of work). Working from a few photos, I designed and created (and branded) this car out of wood with the laser cutter and then assembled it. It does roll, but I would make future modifications to the design to have it roll better. It stands about 5.75″x3″x2.5″ in size.