Back in the early 2000’s when whale tails were socially acceptable (weren’t they?) and graphic tees were actually funny (I still have my “I Heart Soccer Mom’s” tee), I was in college taking a detour from my Business Degree and pursued a few semesters of Studio Art. The problem was… when you go from excel spreadsheets to having an eclectic professor telling you to be free and embrace the abstract, it can be difficult. Think outside the box everyone says. It was a struggle. The same goes for my builds in present day. It’s tough to “let go” especially if you’re building for someone under a commission. So luckily a couple of my friends are putting on this “Wood Art Challenge” with nothing at stake (but our pride) where we were given the parameters of “make it square” and “make it primarily out of wood”. That’s it. Time to let those creative juices flow.
But then this Wood Art Challenge got away from me…
I had picked up an awesome busted up piece of live edge cherry from my lumber guy Jason that I knew I wanted to use. It had giant cracks and rotted out areas that would be perfect for an epoxy pour. But I’ve done plenty of epoxy work before from my Rustic Wedding Cake Stand to my cutting boards and executive desks. I need another element. How about two? How about I make it a clock AND have something extra in my epoxy? How about coffee? Brilliant! No. Not brilliant. Bad Lazy Guy. What does Coco Chanel say? “Take one accessory off before you walk out the door”? I should have listened. But I’m glad I didn’t (what does she know?). There were definitely some trials and tribulations to this Wall Art Challenge, but in the end I love this piece! Check out the entire build video below:
Ready to make your own wall art? Here’s what you’ll need outside of the tools I used in the video (*affiliate links to follow):
- Epoxy/Resin: East Coast Resin Super Gloss 1 Gallon Kit
- Acrylic Craft Paint: Deco Art 2oz Metallics
- Cheap Whole Bean Coffee 24oz
- Clock Movement: Mudder Maximum Thickness Clock Movement
- Ceramic Sanding Belt: Shop Smith P36 Ceramic Sanding Belt
- Water Proof Tape: T-Rex Tape
- Finshing Oil: Walrus Oil Cutting Board Oil
Like this Wood Art Challenge? Here’s the fun part, there are almost 30 more projects out there from some of my friends in the blogger world. Take a look at them all and absolutely let us know in the comments who your favorites are!
1) Reality Daydream / 2) 100 Things 2 Do / 3) House Becoming Home / 4) Anika’s DIY Life / 5) My Repurposed Life / 6) 3×3 Custom / 7) One Project Closer / 8) Merrypad / 9) Chatfield Court / 10) Create & Babble / 11) Hazel & Gold / 12) Jen Woodhouse / 13) Sawdust 2 Stitches / 14) Wood Work Life / 15) Remodelaholic / 16) Evan & Katelyn / 17) Jaime Costigio / 18) Pneumatic Addict / 19) Bower Power / 20) Lazy Guy DIY / 21) My Love 2 Create / 22) Addicted 2 DIY / 23) Her ToolBelt / 24) Shades of Blue / 25) Ugly Duckling House / 26) The DIY Village / 27) DIY Huntress / 28) Mr Fix It DIY
This clock is AMAZING. I feel like I’m smelling coffee through the screen. Nice work buddy!
Thanks Sheri! I smelled like coffee for days after sanding. Ha!
Great work Adam!! The clock looks amazing. I would also wonder if adding seashells would work as well?
Outside of yours, I would say my to three are 12, 24, and 25.
Oh yeah, you can pretty much drop anything in epoxy and encase it like a prehistoric Dino DNA carrying mosquito.
This is so insanely creative. Props for thinking outside the box! <3
Thanks Bethany! (but still inside the square!) Ha!
ALL of them are so creative! I loved that you dropped coffee into the epoxy- so clever. How does one get involved in the Wood Art Challenge? Looks like great fun!
Thanks! It was just a collection of bloggers tossing around ideas and it kind of fell together. So I don’t think this is an ongoing thing.
You had me at coffee! This looks so amazing. Well done!
How clever and creative to use the live edge this way Adam. I LOVE a good clock.
This is absolutely insane and crazy creative!! What does Coco Chanel know about woodworking and cool techniques 😉
This clock is over the top cool!!! Fantastic job!
Great project! I’ve always been a little intimidated to work with epoxy like this, but you make it look so easy. 10-4 on the painter’s tape though. Also, I have that exact blue vase with the colored dots… Crate & Barrel?
Ha! Yep, Crate & Barrel! Epoxy absolutely is not that bad to work with. Start small to get used to it and work your way up to the big projects. Or just go big right away. Ha