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Setting up shop on a beach in Cornwall, furniture maker Max Lamb meticulously freehands a mold in the sand from which he casts a rather modern-looking hexagonal stool from pewter heated over a camp fire. [via reddit]

Inspired by a childhood spent on the beaches of Cornwall building castles, boats and tunnels in the sand, I decided to return to my favourite beach at Caerhays on the south coast of Cornwall to produce a stool using a primitive form of sand-casting. Molten pewter was poured into a sand mould sculpted directly into the beach by hand, and once cooled the sand was dug away to reveal a pewter stool.

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  1. I’d be a little concerned about steam explosions.

  2. miroslava von schlochbaum on said:

    Something’s very odd about the commenting on makezine of late. there were six or more comments, all very constructive and not worthy of any censorship, for this article, and now -zap- there’s only one. ((now watch kiddies… -this- comment will disappear into the makezine-blog-triangle next))

    • Adam Flaherty on said:

      Odd. Each author manages their own comments. We take censorship very seriously. I haven’t removed any comments on this post, so I’m kind of curious what you’re talking about.

  3. Well, as for my comment, I think this is pretty cool. One of these days I am going to have to try casting something. I just never thought about doing it at the beach.

  4. You are brilliant. And so clean! Really beautiful and smart… nice to be able to utilize the beach in artistic ways. Makes me want to salt fire some ceramics!

  5. With the concrete theme this month, you could do this same project but cast concrete instead… And you wouldn’t have to worry about steam splattering molten metal back on you as you poured.

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