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colin johnson atat

One of the coolest things I saw at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire last weekend was The Emperor’s Cabinet, a gorgeous, meticulously crafted, steampunk-inspired Star Wars AT-AT handmade by Vancouver artist and “woodbutcher” Colin Johnson. When I first saw it on setup day, the front doors were closed. I coveted it from the instant I saw it, but then Colin opened the doors and I saw that it was a liquor cabinet, which made it even cooler.

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Pictured above is Colin at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Anyone in the market for a one-of-a-kind piece like this should contact Colin, as he’s looking to sell it to make room for more projects. The Emperor’s Cabinet is made of high density plywood, mahogany veneer, solid brass trim, and glass.

Colin’s aesthetic is really unique. Here are a few more of the projects he showcases on his site:

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Wooden bling, carved out of a single peice of walnut:
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Octobot2 with a detail shot following:
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The Convincer is about 6′ long and made from one solid piece of wood:
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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. Erik Jenkins says:

    I LOVE the copper trimmed, wooden AT-AT. Maybe someday I could make something like that! However, in order to really sell the Steampunk-y-ness of it, I’d need to see more mechanical linkages and “drive-trains” and steam engine-ish looking thingies . . .