This Japanese hand tool is so well suited to the material, it is easily adapted to powered use.
It was at Hida Tool and Hardware in Berkeley, Calif that I encountered this strange looking cast iron tool from Japan. Turns out it is used to hand-split bamboo. What the splitter offers—that simple blades and froes do not—is the ability to split a culm (the woody stem of
The Finnish content creators known as the Dudesons got their hands on a pressure washer, then spent an afternoon using it to cut various types of groceries in half. We've cued the video up to go straight to the pumpkin-carving segment:
You know those ribbon-cutter tools that clay modelers use? Here resourceful vlogger Katie Campshure shows you how to make one out of household items, then uses it to carve a rather intricate design into a pumpkin:
What are the design justifications for swapping materials?
I once had a certain famous designer as a tirade-prone ID professor. One time, a student presented an object that was typically made of wood, but instead he'd fabricated it out of metal. He accompanied the design with a flowery description as to why he made the material change. The