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Simon Elvins - Laser engraving wood

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    Laser engraving art piece by Simon Elvins

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    Wood grain details

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    A closeup exposes the incredible delicacy

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    The piece in situ

  • Laser engraving art piece by Simon Elvins Laser engraving art piece by Simon Elvins
  • Wood grain details Wood grain details
  • A closeup exposes the incredible delicacy A closeup exposes the incredible delicacy
  • The piece in situ The piece in situ

Simon Elvins is a graphic designer based in London. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, he has won the Creative Review’s Creative Futures award.

For a recent exhibition involving 10 design studios from London and 10 from Berlin, Simon conceived a design involving laser engraving wood. An extremely detailed raster engraving of a city plan was etched onto 3mm birch plywood.

A series of tests revealed the possibilities

Testing was key to the final outcome in order to determine the appropriate settings in relation to his minuscule details in the artwork. A medium engrave setting with a hint of 3D was used for the final piece. It looked amazing!

The laser was used delicately to subtly expose the natural grain of the wood, resulting in something that looked more hand carved than machine made.

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