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vjeranski:

Painter and sculptor Hans-Georg Kern (German, b.1938) renamed himself Georg Baselitz in 1961 

vjeranski:

Painter and sculptor Hans-Georg Kern (German, b.1938) renamed himself Georg Baselitz in 1961 

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wingofablueroller:

Terunobu Fujimori – Takasugi-an (2004)

"Terunobu Fujimori is perhaps one of the more academic architects working in Japan today, both conceptually and in practice. He has been deeply influenced by the tea house, which makes him a perfect subject as we wind down our discussion. In 2004 Fujimori completed a tea house titled Takasugi-an (高過庵), literally “too tall hermitage.” Firmly footed in the teachings of Rikyu, the interior is anything but spacious and is composed of humble materials like plaster and bamboo mats. Although Rikyu preferred the even smaller 2-mat space for floor area, Fujimori went with the iconic yojohan (4.5 tatami mats); just enough space for 2 guests to sit (but not stand!) Here is where, visually, the similarities cease and Fujimori’s tea house diverges from tradition. The house was erected upon 2 trees that were cut and brought in from a nearby mountain. In order to reach the room, guests must climb up the freestanding ladders propped up against the tree. And therein lies the genius of Fujimori’s work. Using paradox to guide the consciousness of his guests, he takes them from an exhilarating climb to a serene and spiritual setting high above ground." Source: Spoon & Tamago

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headandhaft:

In Robin Woods book “The Wooden Bowl”

he writes about the history of the wooden bowl. It details evidence of the turners craft dating back 4000 years, and looks at the development of lathe technology, as well as the tools and timbers used. 

      
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vjeranski:

Doris Salcedo, Untitled, 1998. Wood, concrete and metal.

vjeranski:

Doris Salcedo, Untitled, 1998. Wood, concrete and metal.

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dmpipes:

The steel is stamped “JAMES CAM SHEFFIELD” on the inside, and “CAST STEEL” on the outside. 

James Cam was a tool steel manufacturer from 1781 - 1838. “Cast steel” from Sheffield was among the very best steels from that era, and it still holds true today.

I acquired the rusted gouge missing the handle and in pretty bad over-all shape. I cleaned it up, reground the bevel to 20°, and fitted a proper american hickory handle with leather washers. The bevel was then honed to a shaving sharp edge on diamond plates. 

I’ve never even seen a reference to a gouge this large, it is an exceedingly rare piece of woodworking history. 

With only 200+/- years behind this tool, it’s amazing to think of the projects that it has helped complete… and the hundreds of years of future life that still remain…

      
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goodwoodwould:

Good wood - reclaimed walnut tool box by Kaufmann Mercantile @kaufmannmerc

      
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torontodesign:

greendesigngirl:

Sauna Box by Castor Design, who are currently featured at the Interior Design Show as part of the 10 Innovative Canadian Designers exhibit.  
Given my long-time love affair with converted shipping containers and all things prefab, I was naturally thrilled to first see Castor’s Sauna Box at the Toronto Interior Design Show back in 2006. It caused quite a buzz and they were continuously surrounded by very curious people at the show. 
The Sauna Box is a traditional wood-burning sauna that is cleverly and efficiently built into a shipping container. It is completely self-contained with solar power and a wood fired stove. The box comes standard with an iPod stereo, a guitar hook-up, a Castor Stool, a magnetic truck light, a wool toque and a set of bronze antlers. 
An iPod stereo and a guitar hook up? Amazing. I saw it and I didn’t want to leave. If I could have put this box in my pocket and taken it with me, I’d be living in it right now.
::more Sauna Box pix on Moco Loco here::
::intro to Castor Design + more of their products here::

torontodesign:

greendesigngirl:

Sauna Box by Castor Design, who are currently featured at the Interior Design Show as part of the 10 Innovative Canadian Designers exhibit.  

Given my long-time love affair with converted shipping containers and all things prefab, I was naturally thrilled to first see Castor’s Sauna Box at the Toronto Interior Design Show back in 2006. It caused quite a buzz and they were continuously surrounded by very curious people at the show. 

The Sauna Box is a traditional wood-burning sauna that is cleverly and efficiently built into a shipping container. It is completely self-contained with solar power and a wood fired stove. The box comes standard with an iPod stereo, a guitar hook-up, a Castor Stool, a magnetic truck light, a wool toque and a set of bronze antlers. 

An iPod stereo and a guitar hook up? Amazing. I saw it and I didn’t want to leave. If I could have put this box in my pocket and taken it with me, I’d be living in it right now.

::more Sauna Box pix on Moco Loco here::

::intro to Castor Design + more of their products here::

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republicj:

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

republicj:

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

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