Thursday, 22 August 2013

Laser Cut Wooden Record

Amanda Ghassaei has produced the world’s first laser-cut vinyl disc made of wood, made using a 3D printer and cut with grooves up to ten times the width of standard vinyl.

Software engineer Amanda Ghassaei from San Franscisco has created a way of creating wooden records using laser cutters. She turned MP3 downloads into wave forms and then used the lasers to cut these wave forms into the wood.

Ghassaei’s first output includes The Velvet Underground’s ‘Femme Fatale’ and ‘Sunday Morning’ etched on maple, and a copy of Radiohead’s ‘Idioteque’ printed on ply. As you can probably guess — they don’t sound great. These wooden laser-cut versions are more of an experiment about what is possible rather than an attempt to best vinyl. Due to the limitations of the the wood and lasers involved, the grooves are significantly larger than vinyl records, and the turntable has to be set to 33.3 RPM just to be able to fit one song per side.

You could say it sounds a bit 'grainy' (groan). I'm wondering if using a very hard tighter grain of wood you could improve on the quality  And what size needle do you need for a groove which is ten times wider than a standard vinyl record, one thing for sure I wouldn't suggest using the same needle back on your prized vinyl.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Tree Sculptures by artist Philippe Handford

These visually stunning sculptures by artist Philippe Handford turn illegally cut down trees into impressive artworks.

Philippe has essentially reconnected these cut up trees in an interesting way. These incredible forest sculptures can be found in Northwest England. 

Philippe started doing this in 2012 but has recently created more chopped down tree sculptures. The newest ones are done in arches that intersect with one another, as where Handford's first fallen tree sculpture looked more like a crawling inchworm.

These shots show off Philippe's beautiful works both in summer and winter. These sculptures some how look even more stunning when they are lightly covered in snow. 

Wooden sculptures are pretty common, but the idea of putting cut down trees back together in the woods is an extremely creative approach to wooden art.

Check out Philippe Handford's work on his web site below  :-)