Hand-Made Masterpieces: 5 Hand-Crafted Works of Functional Art

Hand-Made Masterpieces: 5 Hand-Crafted Works of Functional Art
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In the modern world, most of our prized possessions are built by machines using nearby technologies or in factories far away.

Yet a new trend is rising where where progressive people prefer hand-crafted creations. This emphasis on local, hand-made art has resulted in some truly amazing creations, from a hand-made wooden car to a hand-built work of educational architecture. Join us to celebrate 10 of the latest and greatest hand-built masterworks in modern human creation.

Corbis Readymech Cameras – Hand-Made by You

Hand-made art can be truly beautiful, but it can be equally as fulfilling when it is art you make on your own. The Corbis Readymech Cameras are a perfect example, a functional piece of hand-made art that you create and you use to capture interesting pinhole photographs.

Visit the Readymech website, print out the plans and fold your paper into the camera you see above. Get some film, slide open the pinhole and photograph whatever you’d like to capture. Bonus points for building the whole Corbis Readymech collection. If you’re into this kind of thing, be sure to check out our feature article on 10 Paper Cameras for Photography Purists.

Authentic Hand Grenade Oil Lamps

Fortunately, this WWII-era hand grenade never saw action. Its symbolism lives on in a much more peaceful manner, thanks to some inventive hand-made reclamation by artist Piet Houtenbos. These Authentic Hand Grenade Oil Lamps have been de-commissioned, un-weaponized and converted into a basic oil lamp. Just imagine the look on your guests’ faces when you hold a match to one of these.

VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles

What happens when a group of friendly ad industry creatives fuse their passion for cycling and build the ideal city bike? You get VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles, a hand-crafted bike conceived, built, styled and photographed by creative gurus. The VANDEYK Nightstream bike frame was hand-built by Georg Blaschke, a respected 20-year veteran in the hand-built bike scene.

The paint job and pin-striping were conceived by artists Harry Seifert and Holger Gruenwald and applied by a specialized painter. From the idea spark that started the process through to the finished bike, the VANDEYK Nightstream is a prime example of hand-built, functional art. Don’t miss our look at 10 amazing bikes of the future…

Kiki De Montparnasse Hand-Made Chess Set

Even though the Kiki De Montparnasse Hand-Made Chess Set was carefully crafted by hand, there’s something more to it that you may not notice at first glance. Each of the chess pieces in this set have dual roles. They wander across the board taking down their enemy… but the idea of “serving their queen” is ultimately a double entendre. These smooth, subtly curved chess pieces are to be used both on the chess board and as sensual instruments during more intimate play. With this chess set, no one ever loses.

Splinter Hand-Made Wooden Car

Hand-built car fans, you can officially start your engines. The Splinter Hand-Made Wooden Car is built with an emphasis on wood as material, where every part that could be made from wood was made from wood. The body itself is built from a tight wooden weave that looks like a brown carbon fiber. Much of the frame and interior are made of wood, as well as many other components that might surprise you. The Splinter Sports Car is the brain child of builder Joe Harmon, who has crafted this car by hand into a progressively-designed street beast that we’d love to see on the road. Have you ever seen anything like it?

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Anthony Selden

Anthony is a New York-based writer and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a passion for exploring the cooler things in life. Always eager to inform, Anthony is the lifestyle editor at Elite Daily and is knowledgeable about pretty much anything within the walls of awesomeness: from the latest Lamborghini, to the most absurd burgers around. He also enjoys spontaneous skateboarding sessions on New York City's Upper East Side. Much like writing, it's what keeps the guy alive.

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