There are so many creative individuals in the world, and thanks to the internet, we can all see not just their final product, but the actual process of creating their masterpieces. When YouTube came into being in the early 2000s, it gave us all a glimpse into the world of artisans and allowed us a glimpse inside of their genius. The great thing is that many artisans and craftsmen are generous in their knowledge. They’re happy to let us all see them working their magic. Throw social media into the mix and even a dude like me is likely to stumble upon new ideas.
I’m not a terribly crafty guy, but now and again I come across a project that makes me tempted to take the time to learn how to do something creative. For example, a young craftsman from France named Olivier Gomis found a way to use colored art pencils to craft a gorgeous wood-turned vase. To do a technique like this, typically a craftsman would have to use a lot of epoxy resin, but Gomis created this masterpiece of a vase without epoxy resin, which is quite remarkable. The great thing is that in his video, you can watch the entire process of how he does it.
There’s something mesmerizing about watching him work. It requires a bit more patience than I have, I’m afraid, but this young man does a great job creating this colorful abstract vase. First, he cuts the tips off the Faber Castells pencils, hundreds of them. Then he puts them through his lathe to cut off the tops of them. He goes through this process several times before the real fun starts, which is stacking them all together and getting them ready to turn on his woodturner.
Note that he’s using high-quality pencils, and they’re quite expensive. However, as a commenter pointed out, the better quality pencils will have better wood and cores. To see more of his work, you can follow him on Instagram. Also, be sure to check out his Etsy shop. Watch this fascinating video below.