Great things seem to happen when you put a video camera in the hands of somebody with fabrication knowledge. We’ve seen this numerous times before with Frank Howarth’s creative woodworking videos—not to mention a slew of other creative types.

More recently, engineer Brett Foxwell, who also happens to work as an armature builder on such films as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Boxtrolls, created a mesmerizing piece of stop-motion work that follows various pieces of raw wood through a milling machine. The result is a breathtaking look at the complexities of wood growth over dozens of years—complexities that we’ve never quite seen like this before.

“WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element, explains Foxwell. “The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls, and branches. It is a straightforward technique but one which is brutally tedious to complete.”

For those looking to liven up their workshop, Foxwell is selling stills from the stop-motion film over at his website.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.