we must be awfully small

and not as strong as we think we are.

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This is by far the most challenging piece I have ever made. Crafted entirely from recycled pallets, this chess table was commissioned by my friend Matt Niemier. His instructions were pretty simple: he wanted a chess table and he wanted it to become a family heirloom. 

I went through several design drafts, but am supremely happy with the final result. The squares were painstakingly burned onto the tabletop with a pyrography pen with each square taking around 20 minutes to burn.

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Fabergé Fractals by Tom Beddard

Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist and web developer Tom Beddard, aka subBlue, has produced a number of intriguing geometric forms he refers to as Fabergé Fractals. Like an ornate Fabergé egg, Beddard’s creations boast brilliant and intricate design patterns. The English artist uses a formulaic method to create his digitally rendered three-dimensional models.

Beddard explains: “The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.

"The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural ‘resonances’ of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation."

(via MyModernMet)