Texas-based woodworking artist and YouTube star Bobby Duke specializes in hand-carved wooden sculptures and stone carvings. For his latest creation, Duke created an illusionary floating mug sculpture that looks like it’s pouring liquefied colored pencils. The mug is cleverly carved from a single block of basswood, while the “liquid” is made from hundreds of Crayola colored pencils that have been glued together and sanded into a flowing shape that cascades to form a “splash” at the base. A clear resin finish gives the piece an amazing liquid shine.
Duke films the creation of every piece he makes, which he shares with his fan base of over 250,000 Youtube subscribers. Despite his professional sculpting skills, Duke also has a less serious side that comes across in his videos. For his Floating Cup Pencil Carving video, Duke introduces it saying, “In this video, we travel yet further into my twisted mind and sense of humor.” The episode takes the viewer through the entire process, from Duke’s hilarious over-excitement when shopping for wood, to his evident delirium when his crazy idea becomes a reality.
Duke is currently auctioning the final piece on eBay, with 10% of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you’d like to see more of Duke’s work (and his sense of humor), you can follow him on YouTube and Instagram.