When we say “natural materials,” the mind leaps immediately to wood, stone, leather, natural fibers. But there are lots of interesting and more “exotic” materials from the natural world that we don’t tend to think of, right away, and digging these up and showing them off is one of the things I’m most looking forward to in this month’s theme. To kick things off, here’s a sampler of some of my personal favorite unusual natural materials from our archives, arranged in highly unscientific how-much-does-Sean-like-it order. There’s cool stuff here made from antler, acorns, fish scales, insect parts—even shark’s teeth! Enjoy!
How-To: Mount a Knife Blade in an Antler Without Glue
How-To: Classic Leather Water Bottle
Brilliant Red Dye Made From Insects
How-To: Make Traditional Hawaiian Shark-Tooth Weapons
4 thoughts on “Top 10: Natural Materials”
I rather like the idea of using natural slate as a mounting surface for electronics:
Slate was used as an insulating, damp-resistant and non-flammable base-plate for all sorts of old electrical switchgear:
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