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Firewood Is Supposed to Be Burned, But This Artist Transforms Them Into Art!

This artist didn’t want to put the beauty of firewood to waste, so he transformed them into artworks!

When you think of firewood, what usually comes to mind are warmth, campfires, and maybe even s’mores. You probably never think of avant-garde home decor. After all, they’re just made to be burned to keep you warm, right? But this LA-based designer has different ideas. He transforms firewood into beautiful works of art!

Paul Foeckler is the creator of Split Grain, a site that features “modern, minimalist wood sculptures and lighting”. He says that the project started out when he started taking notice of an ordinary piece of firewood and thinking it’s too beautiful to burn. He then started experimenting with different types of firewood by cutting the wood into precise slices. He says this brings out the real beauty of the wood, especially when combined with lighting.

Foeckler sells his beautiful lamps at Etsy in the hope that they’ll “allow people to reflect upon nature in both intimate and public contemporary spaces.” You can get a firewood wall sculpture for £212, and his firewood lamps start at £270.

Here are some of his pieces:

This geometric marvel can double as a CD holder and can be mounted on the wall as a focal point to a room.

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A desk lamp that has both an organic and modern-geometric feel, perfect for those who love minimalism with a hint of nature.

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This used to be a piece of Ash wood from Northern Wisconsin, and now it’s a lovely lamp.

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A totem-shaped sculpture with a beautiful void that gives it a more striking appearance.

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One of Foeckler’s sculptures from the Spline collection, this one does indeed resemble a spine with its knots and gentle upward slope.

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The fracture point in the middle gave way to two perfect pairs of split slices, creating a dramatic double staircase-like appearance to the piece.

Head on over to Split Grain’s Etsy page to check out his pieces. Your home might just need one of these minimalist wooden sculptures to bring life to any room!

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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Genius Photographer Shares Ridiculously Easy Trick To Make Your Photos Dreamy

You can do it anytime, anywhere – without needing Photoshop or any app.

Good photography requires more than having an expensive camera. While owning the right tools can definitely help, the most important factor would always be the skills of the photographer.

Case in point, you may have the fanciest cameras in town but that still wouldn’t be an advantage, unless you know how to use it well. There are certain tricks you have to learn to take your photography to the next level.

Fortunately, we can always learn from experienced shutterbugs. Take wedding photographer Mathias Fast, for instance, who took the time to share a quick, easy hack on how to add reflections to your pictures – without having to use Photoshop or other photo-editing apps.

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Disney Animator’s Comics Diary About Losing His Wife is Terribly Heartbreaking

Read the captions and try not to cry.

Losing a loved one can be a sad, traumatic experience. People deal with the grief differently and for this man, keeping a ‘doodle diary’ has been most helpful.

A former illustrator for Disney, Gary Andrews’ comics about losing his wife and living life as a single father of two is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. No wonder his work has made an impact to his numerous followers on social media.

In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that Gary began doing his comics-style journal entries back on his 54th birthday. He was happily married at the time and a father of two children.

Unfortunately, something tragic happened. His wife Joy got sick and they initially thought it was nothing but flu. It turned out, however, that it was actually sepsis and it eventually led to her death.

Gary shared:

“From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong. They couldn't have done more. It wasn't until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”

Overwhelmed by his sadness, Gary later turned to his notebook and began pouring his emotions out on paper – by making artworks.

He recalled:

“I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears.

“Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”

Now his touching comics have captured the hearts of many on the internet.

Scroll down below and see for yourself. Read the captions and try not to cry!

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