Friday, January 24, 2014

Crafts: Geek Alphabet Blocks

Amateur engineer Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with things he and his wife were looking forward to sharing with him as he grew up.  Thanks to the fact that he's shared his designs and explained his methods, you can now make your future progeny a set of blocks, as well.  Personally, I'd be inclined to throw a little math and science into the mix - maybe a diagram of an atom or Euler's identity.
"Shortly before my son was born I decided to make a set of alphabet blocks decorated with things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him. I started work, and then he was born. Now, coming up on his first birthday, I’ve finally finished. (Apparently, shop time is hard to come by when you’re caring for an infant. Who knew?)

There are 36 blocks — the English alphabet and ten digits — showing 134 images of people, animals, monsters, robots, vehicles, organizations, devices, tools, and objects from some of our favourite movies, TV shows, books, comics, video games, poems, and sculptures, as well as a few from the real world for good measure (and a couple not-so-favourites for comic relief/alphabetical exigency; I’m looking at you, Zardoz). The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance."

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