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The Theory of Legos

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If you’re a fan of physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking – and if you like LEGO – you are going to love this! Several years ago, a LEGO version of Stephen Hawking was spotted online. It was a fantastic build that looked incredibly lifelike.stephen-hawking-lego-kit

The original creator of this build from back in 2007  is The Living Brick, but the pictures below came from Travelin’ Librarian‘s flicker photostream. Stephen Hawking, who is now 73, has inspired an entire generation of geeks, and it seems many people want to recreate him in LEGO bricks.

The Stephen Hawking LEGO kit came with instructions (see the picture below) so you would know how to put all those tiny pieces together. It sold for $40. It is now unavailable – only 100 were produced, but you can always try to make this on your own if you’ve got the bricks. The step-by-step directions (to make Stephen Hawking and his wheelchair) are illustrated in a beautiful graphic here Eurobricks.

We often feature huge LEGO kits and builds with thousands of pieces, but it’s small yet instantly recognizable builds like this that are the most inspiring ones to me. It would be so much fun to build Stephen Hawking and then let him sit on my desk. It would be a constant reminder that the universe may not always be what it seems, and anything is truly possible in this complex world we live in. I still can’t get over how much this looks just like him, or at least like our perception of him.

Build it with instructions here on Eurobricks















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If a tree falls in the forest,…does anyone hear it?

Chances are, you won’t lose the forest from the trees with these characters. Read about these intree-guing sculptures, straight from The Bangor Daily News.

Belfast artist unlocks the personality of trees

These faces carved in wood stand sentinel by sculptor Ron Cowan's outdoor studio space in Belfast.
Abigail Curtis | BDN
These faces carved in wood stand sentinel by sculptor Ron Cowan’s outdoor studio space in Belfast.
Posted July 05, 2015, at 6:12 a.m.
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BELFAST, Maine — Tap, tap, tap.

In the shade of a spreading maple tree and under the lazily waving branches of a weeping willow, Belfast sculptor Ron Cowan used a chisel Thursday morning to carve a personality into his newest face.

As the artist worked in his sun-dappled outdoor studio, many of his other creations are placed nearby in various stages of weathering. The faces carved into old barn beams, stumps and logs seem to gaze upon him benevolently as he employed chainsaw and chisel to discover more of their brethren.

“Wood is alive — it’s like us, cells and earth,” Cowan said as he gestured around the faces that surrounded him. “Any day I get the inspiration and my chain saw has gas, I work on them.”

The 72-year-old artist was getting his faces ready for the 20th annual Arts in the Park show in Belfast, which has named him the 2015 artist of the year. He said that he has participated in the show every summer since it began, and loves the scene at the waterfront park.

“It’s such a great atmosphere,” Cowan said. “I always get really positive feedback. I gather all my people and meet all the live humans … it’s just a nice kind of family, and a carefree weekend.”

The sculptor said that he arrived at his avocation via a winding path that included a stint serving in Germany in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s, a few years working as a restaurateur in Florida and an attempt — ultimately unsuccessful — to be a New York City high-roller.

“I really wanted to be a rich businessman. I was keyed towards making a million dollars,” he said, smiling at the memory. “But I went really bust in Manhattan in the late 1970s.”

He and his wife, Cherie, ended up “limping back” to an old farmhouse in Vermont, and that was where he learned that he was a sculptor. Someone gave him a bag of clay, and he went to work on it.

“A face came right up and was looking at me,” Cowan said. “That was the one that led to all the rest.”

The Cowans came to Belfast in 1988, and for a time Ron Cowan rented a studio on the waterfront. One day he was gazing out at the harbor and decided that the scenery needed something special.

“What a wonderful place to put people in the harbor and watch the tide come and go,” he said.

So Cowan put seven faces, adorned with seaweed hair, into the harbor. That was in 2000, and while he’s had to replace and refresh some of the works, he still gets a kick out of watching tourists and other visitors notice them.

“It’s really enjoyable,” he said.

The city of Belfast now owns the work, which he called “Long Breath.”

Cowan uses lots of different types of wood for his art, including cherry, black locust, white birch, spruce and oak that had been used for harbor piers at the Belfast waterfront. He bought a stash of 37 of the 37-foot-long piers when the city replaced them several years ago, and is still “fishing in that pile.”

He estimates that he completes about 20 faces every year. He does some commissions and also works from his imagination. He also gazes at the faces he sees in humans around him to see if they could get translated to wood.

“Nobody else really does this,” he said. “I get a lot of requests [to carve] animals, but I like faces, because therein rests the soul. That tiny little hole in the center of your eye — there it is.”

Cowan and the other 80 or so Arts in the Park artists will show their works from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, at Heritage Park on the Belfast Waterfront. There also will be lots of live music, strawberry shortcake and other food options. For more information, check out

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I Am Chewbacca…Hoodie

The I Am Chewbacca Hoodie. Ships June 1st.



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Equestrian Everything

Don’t just take things at face value…equestrian everything. Man, do I have a lot of equestrians about this.  What’s your take on it? Freakish or Fun?

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Animal Soup…bowl

How To Make An Upcycled Plastic Animal Toy Bowl

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By Skaie Knox

Side view of toy bowl-tiger

Side view of animal toy bowl-tiger.

When it comes to kid knickknacks, there will most likely come a day when they end up in some under-the-bed shoebox or bin, cast aside like Rudolph’s “misfit toys”. No biggie…many of us have done the same thing with our stuff as youngsters. Good news is, by keeping my ear to the creative crafting tracks, I’ve devised a fun and functional way to upcycle these tiny trinkets. With the help of our friends from HomeRight, I armed myself with their Heat Pro Plus heat gun to turn about 60 or so discarded plastic animal figures into a fabulously whimsical and decorative bowl.

Upcycle unused toys

Upcycle unused toys.

Upcycled Plastic Toy Bowl…here’s what you’ll need:

Toy bowl supplies

Toy bowl supplies.

• 60+ plastic figures (animals, dinosaurs, insects, army men, etc.)

• metal bowl – to shape your bowl

• heat gun – I used HomeRight Heat Pro Plus

• heat tolerant bowl or plate – to set your heat gun on during project

• gloves and eye protectors

Here’s what you do…Step #1: Place plastic pieces into bowl. Start at the bottom, then mindfully start piecing the toys together like a puzzle. The closer they are placed, the better they will hold once melded together.

Begin by mindfully placing and puzzling together your plastic toy pieces

Begin by mindfully placing and puzzling together your plastic toy pieces.

Step #2: Slowly begin heating up the toys on low. Start with the low setting on your heat gun and begin gently warming the figures. I actually tested the heat gun on some plastic trees that were mixed in with the animals that became the base of my bowl (which was so fun, by the way!). It’s a good idea to start with some pieces you least like to get a feel for how fast they’ll melt.

Gently heat the toys on low

Gently heat the toys on low.

Step #3: Carefully and mindfully melt the pieces together on high. Be careful! Melt the pieces just enough for them to adhere to each other and keep rotating the bowl as you go. If you melt them too much, you’ll lose their detail and charm. If you find that you want to add more animals…go nuts! Just repeat steps 1 -3. Safety note: The Heat Pro Plus can get as hot as 1000°F on high, so be sure to wear your gloves and eye protection. Additionally, make sure to read the safety instructions of your heat gun before use.

Carefully and mindfully melt toys together with your heat gun on high

Carefully and mindfully melt toys together with your heat gun on high.

Step #4: After melding pieces together, place in the freezer. Once you’re happy with the shape of your bowl, you need to cool and set it. Place a hot pad in your freezer, then set your bowl on top of it and leave it for about 15-20 minutes.  Note: Before putting your bowl in the freezer, you can press the pieces together to make sure they have bonded. Do this with your gloves on, as the plastic will be hot and possibly a bit sticky.

After melding all the pieces together, place bowl in freezer to cool and set

After melding all the pieces together, place bowl in freezer to cool and set.

Step #5: Remove from freezer and turn bowl upside-down to remove. Be very gentle when removing your new plastic toy bowl so not to break it. Check to see if it is well-bonded and enjoy! Note: I had a few pieces come loose, so I simply returned the plastic bowl back into the metal one, turned on my heat gun and melted them back together. Voilà

Finished toy bowl

Finished toy bowl!

Great for a kid's room.

Great for a kid’s room…

Toy animal bowl...a great way to add a little humor to your bookcase

…but, because of its fragility, it might be better as a great way to add a little humor to your bookcase!

Finished bowl side view

Finished bowl side view.

Tipped side view of toy bowl

Tipped side view of toy bowl.

Fun and functional toy animal bowl

Fun and functional toy animal bowl.

Toy bowl center close-up

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