This incredible stop motion film of a piece of wood going through a mill is mesmerising beautiful.
Woodswimmer is a creation between animator Brett Foxwell and musician bedtimes. It was created by taking a series of photographic scans of the piece of raw wood as it was put through a wood milling machine. Played at a fast speed these scans create a hypnotic image.
Forwell who has worked as an animator on Boxtrolls and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says he wanted to showcase the intrinsic beauty of wood.
“Fascinated with the shapes and textures found in both newly-cut and long-dead pieces of wood, I envisioned a world composed entirely of these forms,” Foxwell told Colossal. “As I began to engage with the material, I conceived a method using a milling machine and an animation camera setup to scan through a wood sample photographically and capture its entire structure. Although a difficult and tedious technique to refine, it yielded gorgeous imagery at once abstract and very real. Between the twisting growth rings, swirling rays, knot holes, termites and rot, I found there is a lot going on inside of wood.”