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Mine Craft: Decommissioned Naval Weapons Repurposed Into Beautiful Furniture

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I have always had an aesthetic fascination with WWII naval mines. There’s something very retro-futuristic/steampunky about how they look. And then, of course, there was their grim lethality. Estonian artist Mati Karmin takes these now-inert military relics and makes beautiful and bizarre home furnishings with them. His site has a gallery, with fairly detailed descriptions of each build. While it may be tempting to think of building one of these yourself, sadly, the mines are rarely available for sale, though I’d assume they’re likely more available in Europe.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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