Let’s face it, ladies and gents - your hipster (boy)friend doesn’t want pastel walls and daisies decorating his bathroom walls. He wants something that will match the trendy rough and tough, lumberjack-worthy beard he’s rocking.
Like these old, early 1900’s shaving utensil patents engraved on Proofgrade Walnut Ply.
The Walnut ply (and hardwood) just arrived the other day. This stuff is gorgeous! More so than the photos illustrate. And the engravings were fun to do. The smallest text (on the middle image) is about .035" - or 2.5pt text and reads quite clearly.
I engraved and cut and then thought - how are you going to hang these? The rope stuff is pretty trendy right now. Sawtooths, D-rings, etc. all require hardware and even though this is the thick walnut ply, it’s still not a lot to pound hanging hardware into.
So I hit Illustrator, made a couple of small, rounded rectangles, combined some paths and what not and came up with this. In retrospect, the head hole is 3/8", which is really too large for this light weight and size - but, they still hang well… and your guy is probably going to put them on the wall with a 16d nail anyways.
The nice thing about the larger than necessary rectangle shapes is that they actually act as a standoff against the wall and give a floating effect. When they are attached to walls — not oak trees.