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reclaimed wood periodic words

by Lis Bokt
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Don't know radium from radon? You don't need a PhD in chemistry to love these periodic words wood carvings. Great for any science teacher or enthusiast, these wooden blocks use the symbols and atomic numbers of elements from the periodic table to spell they words they contain. Made from unused plywood leftovers, these periodic words are also eco-friendly, as they use wood that would have been otherwise thrown away. Whether in your living room or secret chemistry lab, these carvings make a quirky and fun decoration for any space. Handmade by Lis Bokt in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Element combinations spell the following word options:
Inspire 13.13" W x 4" T x .75" D
Teacher 11" W x 4" T x .75" D
Think 11" W x 4" T x .75" D
Nerdy8.75" W x 4" T x .75" D

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cherry plywood
8.75" to 13.13" W x 4" T x .75" D
Best out of direct sunlight, dust and clean with damp cloth if needed.
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Lis Bokt

Lis is the sort of person who can’t decide if she is an artist first, or a scientist first. She’s both, and approaches everything with that viewpoint. Her art tends to be a little nerdy, and her industrial projects are usually at least a little artistic. One of her favourite things is bridging the gap between things “that are just cool” and science. This manifests itself in a myriad of ways: using tools and equipment to do woodworking that are generally reserved for large, industrial applications; making art that is exceptionally awesome but uses an algorithm instead of random lines and patterns; woodworking that takes the greatest advantage of grain and nature to showcase the beauty that nature gave us. Not wanting to be limited to any one genre, Lis likes to work in a little bit of everything. Woodworking, metalworking, sewing - the world is simply a giant array of things waiting to be made. Fabrication is her heart and soul, and during the day she spends her time helping people learn how to build things, how to build things better, and how to have a direct impact on the world around you by making the things you need. She finds that helping empower people to make things is the only thing more enjoyable than actually making things herself. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan - a city often known as “the furniture capital of the world”, she does not have a lot of spare time between teaching and building. In those precious off hours, she can be found travelling the globe, taking photographs and running marathons (sometimes all three at once).

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Great teacher gift


from Long Island, NY

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        My step daughter who is a chemistry loved this item. It sits proudly on her desk in her classroom!

        Thanks Uncommon Goods for really unique gifts!

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        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        While these quirky combinations don't actually form chemical compounds they do look pretty cool. We're looking to experiment with this design, so grab your periodic table and let us know which elements you'd like to see form wooden words.

        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Made in the USA, eco-friendly, unique! Great for the right recipient.

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        Made in the US and from recycled materials - that's a big plus in my book.

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        I vote yes because I like the idea and think they would sell, but I find them difficult to read, they need a darker stain on the letters themselves or something to contrast from the surroundings.

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        Could probably get it cheaper somewhere else.

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        Strange - but I'm not sure "in a good way."

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        Unoriginal. And what would you do for letter combinations that aren't found in the Periodic Table?

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        I would like this better if it served somesort of function. Maybe a shelf?

        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Uber Geek art. I love it.

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