Wood

The Senator, fifth oldest tree on earth, burns naturally

The Senator, fifth oldest tree on earth, burns naturally

Like the passing of a very, very old uncle after he'd been telling you he didn't have one whole heck of a lot of time left on this earth for so very, very long, the fifth oldest tree on the planet burned from the inside this week, falling not to any sort of arson on the part of a human body, but mother nature herself, deciding it was just time for The Senator to go. This titanically gigantic piece of forest was known as "The Big Tree" or, again, The Senator, and is survived by his wife, "Lady Liberty," a 2,000-year old tree in the same Longwood, Florida park. Though we rarely report on non-gadget news here at SlashGear, there comes a time when we must appreciate how the whole world can connect and respect one of the world's oldest natural living things, all together because of the web we've created. What a lovely thing.

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The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

The Wooden Gadget collection: for chewers only

Now that the holiday season is approaching much faster than I'm sure anyone in a position to have to drop their hard-earned bills would want it to, one must wonder what a tech-minded person might want, especially one who has everything, especially one who also has a kid: how about some wood? As it's been made clear here on SlashGear, many of us have kids of our own, and though we might want to keep them as far from the gadgets we've got engulfing our everyday lives as we can, they've inevitably got them in their mouths on the daily. That's why an engraving group by the fancy name of "3Princesses" has decided to make a line of wooden baby toys to nip the drool problem in the bud.

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Jenga Pistol for Those Who Wish to Shoot Their Way Out [Video]

Jenga Pistol for Those Who Wish to Shoot Their Way Out [Video]

A designer by the name of Matthias Wandel had an idea. Not that he was the first person to think of this idea, but he's certainly the first one to execute it in a way that found our eyeballs. More than likely if he aims it right, it'll be blasting out eyeballs in a very real way, too. This is the Jenga Pistol. Using simple mechanics, wood, a bit of metal, and a rubber band, this Wandel has created a completely awesome cheat tool, a real world hack, for the block toppling game Jenga.

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Chiaroscuro ebony & maple case mod

Chiaroscuro ebony & maple case mod

Wood seems to be growing in popularity as a PC case mod material, and it's certainly shown off to its best advantage in the shape of Nick Falzone's Chiaroscuro.  Made from ebony and maple, this is less of a case mod and more of a ground-up new build; inspired by the renderings of the Beijing Digital building, it's a beautiful sandwich of wood, black brushed aluminum and UV acrylic.

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Wooden portable NES mod

Wooden portable NES mod

At first glance this looks like a Gameboy Micro clad in wood, but actually the scale is rather different.  The handiwork of The Longhorn Engineer, it's in fact a modified Nintendo-on-a-chip (NOAC) retro NES gaming console packed into a custom wooden case and given a 3.5-inch display and Li-ion batteries for some portable classic play.

Digital/Analog clock blurs the line between the two

Digital/Analog clock blurs the line between the two

This clock is digital in the way that it uses the 7-segment digit design to tell time, but its analog in the way that those segments are presented. The clock is made from Corian and wood and when it changes the time, it raises and lowers pieces of the digit to make it 3D.

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