Wooden Anatomy

Wooden Anatomy

Michael Alm's newest series, Wooden Anatomy, was born from frequent research trips to the Burke Museum's mammal collection. There, he discovered a passion for the complexity of animal bones.
 
Over the past year and a half, Alm has worked out a way of building bone-like structures out of scrap wood. The process involves wet bending thin strips of wood, and laminating them to complex custom built armatures. The results are intricately constructed animal parts that look distressed and splintered from age.

This technique is still young and every one Alm makes seems to advance the method. Keep an eye on his Facebook page to see behind the scenes photos of how the process develops:

See many of these pieces in this video: Wooden Anatomy by Michael Alm and Eric Hecht