Woodworker Crafts Amazing “Broken” Furniture That Looks Like It Belongs in a Cartoon

Cartoon Woodworking Project

Craftsman Henk Verhoeff brings cartoons to life through his amazing woodworking projects. The pieces boast exaggerated silhouettes with giant cracks fashioned in the center of them, and the results look as though they belong in a Disney or Looney Tunes film. Best of all, these pieces are all completely functional. This makes their “damaged beyond repair” construction even more incredible, as it shows that fun and function can go hand-in-hand.

Verhoeff has been crafting wooden pieces for 53 years, first as a professional and now as a retiree. It's clear that the medium is his passion and a way to express his creativity. And now with more time on his hands, he’s able to produce whatever his imagination comes up with—no matter how wacky it may be. This has led him to do things like add lighting, which gives his dressers the appearance that they have been struck by lightning.

The New Zealand woodworker starts his pieces without any detailed build plans, but he is meticulous during the construction process. He occasionally starts over if the details or angles aren’t right, and he adds a protective varnish as the final touch. All told, each piece can take anywhere from 80 to 100 hours

Verhoeff occasionally sells his amazing furniture on eBay. Follow along with him on Facebook to see what’s available next.

Craftsman Henk Verhoeff brings cartoons to life by crafting amazing woodworking projects with a delightful sense of humor.

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Aside from being fun to look at, they're functional, too.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Henk Verhoeff.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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